McCain Warns Against Government Shutdown

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_f908b05d95.jpgMark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Disdain for the government doesn't mean you put it out of its misery. That was the message Arizona Sen. John McCain delivered Monday to fellow Republicans who seem intent on a government shutdown if they don't get their way on a short-term funding bill due on Oct. 1. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Monday, McCain argued, "I hope my colleagues in the House who believe we need to shut down the government will understand that that’s not want the American people want.  They hate government, but they don’t want it to stop functioning."

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Martha Coakley Wants to Try Again for Higher Office

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_80c7a3d05f.jpgAram Boghosian for The Boston Globe via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- If at first you don't succeed, run for governor. In 2010, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley famously ran for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by the death of Edward Kennedy, seemingly thinking victory was hers for the taking. Instead, Coakley was upset by Republican Scott Brown in a special election, marking the first time a Massachusetts Democrat lost a Senate race in 50 years.

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Summers Withdraws Name as Fed Chief Candidate

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_58ed7ff89c.jpgAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- There will be no 1,000 days of Summers.  That’s about how long Lawrence Summers would have run the Federal Reserve under President Obama if confirmed by the Senate as chairman of the nation’s central bank.

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Biden's Iowa Visit Features Possible Cast of 2016 Characters

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_93655344a9.jpgYASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images (DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Remarks by Vice President Joe Biden in Iowa Sunday could be seen as a standard campaign stump, were the next presidential election not three years away. Appearing at a pair of democratic fundraisers aimed at assisting the potential successor of outgoing democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, Biden called his political opposition “a different breed of cat,” and “not your father’s Republican party,” taking aim at one of its leading rising stars.

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Cory Booker Opponent Steve Lonegan Stumps with Rand Paul

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-09_9d10c1eaef.jpgBill Clark/CQ Roll Call (WASHINGTON) -- Senate candidate Steve Lonegan calls himself “a regular New Jersey guy” who “worked with a bunch of hard working guys who curse and drink beer.” But as he faces off against Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, the Democrat with the national profile and celebrity ties, he is also negotiating the tricky waters of the Republican Party, with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on one hand and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on the other.

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