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Democrats, Republicans At Odds Over Stopgap Bill

A federal loan program to build more fuel-efficient cars became the latest budget flash point, with House Republicans wanting to raid the fund to help pay for FEMA disaster aid. Senate Democrats refused to go along. The standoff comes in a bill that would fund the entire government beyond next week.

What Happens If FEMA Runs Out Of Money?

Unless Congress acts, it will happen early next week, putting a halt to projects in communities around the country still struggling to recover from this year's spate of hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. And it would leave FEMA unable to respond to new disasters.

Death Penalty Retains Support, Even With Pro-Life Catholics, Despite Flaws

Death penalty opponents seized on the execution of Davis, whose conviction of killing a police officer was based on questionable eyewitness accounts, as an event that could turn the tide against state-sponsored executions. History, however, suggests that despite outrage in some quarters over the killing of Davis and other executions, public opinion will remain firmly supportive.

House, Senate Stalemate Over Spending Bill Days Before Potential Shutdown

So long as Republicans control the House and Democrats the Senate and White House, a basic dynamic appears to be set. On any must-pass legislation, the House GOP will attach spending cuts Democrats find objectionable and reject in turn. A stalemate happens with both sides staring each other down.Only when a grand mal failure of government is at the threshold, a government shutdown or debt default, will a compromise be reached.
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CQ Roll Call: Fiscal Budget Needed To Avert Shutdown, Lamar Alexander To Step Down

The federal government's fiscal year comes to a close next week, and so far there's no budget for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The House passed a stopgap measure to provide federal disaster aid and to keep the government running for seven weeks.


Also-Rans: What Drives The Perennial Candidates?

Some candidates run for the White House over and over again, usually with little effect on the race itself. What do they get out of it? Why do they bother? "My ultimate goal is actually ... to win," says fourth-time hopeful Joe Schriner. "Seriously."