Government Shutdown http://wrkf.org en Government Shutdown Makes Its Debut In Campaign Ads http://wrkf.org/post/government-shutdown-makes-its-debut-campaign-ads <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMuLXsv_p60</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aUsU6FWbjI</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 16:40:00 +0000 Adam Wollner 17896 at http://wrkf.org Government Shutdown Makes Its Debut In Campaign Ads FRIDAY: The Budget/Debt Ceiling Showdown, Knight Found. President Alberto Ibarguen http://wrkf.org/post/friday-budgetdebt-ceiling-showdown-knight-found-president-alberto-ibarguen <p>Knight Foundation President on CEO Alberto Ibarguen, former Miami Herald publisher, on the state of journalism in&nbsp;America.</p><p>Jim recaps the federal budget &amp; debt ceiling showdown in Congress, the government shutdown and who were the winners and losers. Activist Faye Williams and Political Consultant Clay Young joins Jim in the discussion.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:29:25 +0000 Jim Engster 17631 at http://wrkf.org With Shutdown Over, The Race To Feed Low-Income Seniors Is On http://wrkf.org/post/shutdown-over-race-feed-low-income-seniors The USDA is back to funding its meals program for low-income seniors. That's good news for those who depend on the weekly food deliveries, which stopped during the government shutdown.<p>Across Michigan, tens of thousands of seniors turn to dozens of agencies for assistance. In Grand Rapids, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/10/11/232159777/shutdown-leaves-some-seniors-worried-about-their-next-meal">where we first reported</a> on the program freeze, a local agency is playing catch-up, relying on volunteers to fill the void.<p>The race to feed low-income seniors is on. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 21:38:00 +0000 editor 17605 at http://wrkf.org With Shutdown Over, The Race To Feed Low-Income Seniors Is On 10 Takeaways From The Fiscal Fight http://wrkf.org/post/10-takeaways-fiscal-fight With the double crises of a partial government shutdown and a potential debt default resolved, it's a good time to consider some of the lessons we learned from the dysfunction and drama of recent weeks.<p>Here are 10 of them:<p><strong>Shutting Down The Government Is Not A Winning Political Strategy</strong><p>Once again, the GOP brand was hurt because of a failure to learn from past mistakes. Republicans were warned before this shutdown that it could seriously hurt the party's approval ratings, as it did during the last shutdown showdown, in 1996. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Frank James 17584 at http://wrkf.org 10 Takeaways From The Fiscal Fight Good Cop, Bad Cop Routine Gets A Result For Obama And Reid http://wrkf.org/post/good-cop-bad-cop-routine-gets-result-obama-and-reid Since the start of the fiscal standoff that led to a government shutdown and a flirtation with a historic debt default, Democrats have been led by the tag team of President Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.<p>At times, their tactics resembled the good cop, bad cop routine where one officer offers the suspect a cup of coffee and the other smacks it from the suspect's lips. Reid, of course, is the smacker.<p>Obama played the good cop, inviting all 232 members of the House Republican Conference to the White House so they could just sit down and reason together. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 17:56:00 +0000 Frank James 17548 at http://wrkf.org Good Cop, Bad Cop Routine Gets A Result For Obama And Reid FRIDAY: Conspiracy Theorist Jesse Ventura, Actor & BR Native John Mese http://wrkf.org/post/friday-conspiracy-theorist-jesse-ventura-actor-br-native-john-mese <p></p><p></p><p>Former Minnesota Governor, professional wrestler and actor Jesse Ventura discusses the federal government shutdown fiasco and his new book, &quot;They Killed Our President&quot;, about the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy.</p><p>Actor John Mese, who grew up in Baton Rouge and attended LSU, talks about his new film, &quot;The King of Herring&quot;.</p><p></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 18:51:19 +0000 Jim Engster 17314 at http://wrkf.org FRIDAY: Conspiracy Theorist Jesse Ventura, Actor & BR Native John Mese GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge http://wrkf.org/post/gop-establishment-grapples-tea-party-wont-budge The old line in Washington is that the "establishment" controls everything.<p>But the fights that have resulted in the government shutdown have turned that cliche upside down.<p>This time, it's the Tea Party and its allies in Congress calling the shots. The "establishment" — on Capitol Hill and in the business community — has so far been on the outs.<p>You can hear the frustration in the voice of 11-term Rep. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Don Gonyea 16957 at http://wrkf.org GOP Establishment Grapples With A Tea Party That Won't Budge Beyond The Shutdown, There's A Bigger Battle Brewing http://wrkf.org/post/beyond-shutdown-theres-bigger-battle-brewing This week's government shutdown could be just a warmup for an even bigger budget battle in a couple of weeks.<p>Congress has to raise the limit on the amount of money the federal government is allowed to borrow by Oct. 17. If the debt ceiling is not raised on time, President Obama warns that Washington won't be able to keep paying its bills.<p>"It'd be far more dangerous than a government shutdown, as bad as a shutdown is," Obama said Tuesday. "It would be an economic shutdown."<p>No one is exactly sure what would happen if the government suddenly had to make do without a credit card. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 16911 at http://wrkf.org Beyond The Shutdown, There's A Bigger Battle Brewing WEDNESDAY: Republican State Chairman Roger Villere, Former Congressman Jim McCrery http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-republican-state-chairman-roger-villere-former-congressman-jim-mccrery <p></p><p>Jim talks with Louisiana Republican State Chairman Roger Villere about the government shutdown and the Affordable Healthcare Act.</p><p>Former Congressman Jim McCrery joins the discussion to talk about the latest on Capitol Hill.</p><p>Opera Singer Donna Lee returns back to her home state of Louisiana to perform at the Manship Theatre on Sunday. Jim talks with Donna about her upcoming show &quot;Songs from Exile, I&#39;m a Stranger Here Myself&quot;.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 18:12:31 +0000 Jim Engster 16894 at http://wrkf.org WEDNESDAY: Republican State Chairman Roger Villere, Former Congressman Jim McCrery