Many of the districts in favor of the shutdown also have higher unemployment.
"I'm in a weaker position when the House can't act" said the Senate Minority Leader in a blunt new interview.
Barack Obama is not impressed with the debt ceiling deal. But the question for the year ahead is whether Republicans will turn toward dealmaking, or away from it.
A lot of pundits are speculating about how the shutdown will effect 2016. Ignore them.
A Wonkblogger debates himself on whether to be pleased or disgusted with how the American system of government made it through the debt standoff.
Lawmakers may be patting themselves on the back for re-opening the government. For people like John Anderson, though, the damage will last.
A true cynic about American politics would, at this point, be forced to one conclusion: Ted Cruz is a Democratic sleeper agent.
We probably won't breach the debt ceiling. We probably will get to do this all over again in three months.
This is the concept that House Republicans need to keep in mind as they figure out their path forward in the debt negotiations.
House Republicans are working on their own plan to end the government shutdown and, at least in its current form, it's pretty reasonable.
It's all in the timing.
"The United States was the one bright spot in the world recovery." Maybe not anymore.
The debt-ceiling deal House Republicans are working on is going nowhere.
Markets continues to treat America as if its political system will always get it right. What happens when they're proven wrong?
Someone is going to have to break. But Senate Democrats aren't ready for it to be them.
The outline of a possible deal is beginning to float around Capitol Hill.
The government is closed. The Carlyle Group isn't. The private equity giant gives its best guess at how the economy is doing.
The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney argues that the Tea Party is mounting a direct challenge to the GOP's business backers.
And they know it.
The shutdown has saved us from something much worse.