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  • Justices come clean: Scalia on Satan, Ginsburg on her future

    Justices come clean: Scalia on Satan, Ginsburg on her future
    It's the first week of October, which puts the U.S. Supreme Court in focus in a way it almost never is unless chads are hanging — as in the 2000 post-election mess — or the justices are rendering decisions on fraught subjects like gay marriage...
  • Should Congress raise the debt ceiling right away?

    Should Congress raise the debt ceiling right away?
    The Obama administration says it won’t be able to pay some bills unless it can borrow more money soon. It says the government’s $16.7 trillion debt ceiling will be hit by Oct. 17, and it may default on its obligations for the first time ever...
  • Paul Ryan proposes debt limit compromise, leaves out Obamacare

    Paul Ryan proposes debt limit compromise, leaves out Obamacare
    WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) waded into the thick of the debt-limit debate, calling for a swift compromise between House Republicans and President Obama. But his proposals have already sparked conservative ire. Ryan, in an opinion piece...
  • Just how safe are those tea party House Republicans, anyway?

    Just how safe are those tea party House Republicans, anyway?
    It is an oft-noted truism that the tea party Republicans who have already engineered the partial government shutdown and are now threatening to let the country default on its debts have the full support and enthusiasm of constituents in their carefully...
  • Shopping for a mortgage? Some lenders offer closing-cost credits

    Shopping for a mortgage? Some lenders offer closing-cost credits
    WASHINGTON — The government shutdown and the debt limit have dominated the headlines, but a behind-the-scenes fight over federal mortgage policy has been brewing and it could affect your choices the next time you apply for a home loan. The issue...
  • Does Justice Antonin Scalia believe in the devil? You bet

    Does Justice Antonin Scalia believe in the devil? You bet
    WASHINGTON — Justice Antonin Scalia earned his reputation as the Supreme Court’s most outspoken conservative with sharp one-liners in his opinions and sarcastic cracks in the courtroom. When a government lawyer defending campaign funding...
  • Cal Ripken Jr. reaffirms interest in managing, but he's not taking first step to pursue Nats job

    Cal Ripken Jr. reaffirms interest in managing, but he's not taking first step to pursue Nats job
    Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. continued to make the point that he is interested in managing, in a radio interview Thursday morning, but it is clear that Ripken won’t go so far as to announce any interest in the Washington Nationals’...
  • Q&A: Elizabeth Gilbert on 'The Signature of All Things'

    Q&A: Elizabeth Gilbert on 'The Signature of All Things'
    Elizabeth Gilbert is of course best known for “Eat, Pray, Love” (2006), the megaselling memoir that was made into a popular 2010 film with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. But Gilbert's first love was fiction, to which she makes a triumphant...
  • Federal shutdown makes key government data hard to find

    Federal shutdown makes key government data hard to find
    Think the federal shutdown doesn’t concern you? Just try looking for some basic data. Data.gov is down, as are websites that distribute data for the Census, FBI, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Bureau of Labor...
  • Hasn't the U.S. defaulted before?

    Hasn't the U.S. defaulted before?
    That's the question raised by James Grant in a Washington Post op-ed, and his answer -- as anyone who knows Grant might expect -- is yes. His real point is that it happens all the time, in a way, and will inevitably happen in the future. "On the...
  • The shutdown's forgotten victims: Government contractors

    The shutdown's forgotten victims: Government contractors
    In a city where government contracts make up a multi-billion dollar industry, it is surprising that with the exception of a couple of articles that received moderate attention, the mainstream media has largely ignored the impact of the shutdown on federal...