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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are scheduled to sit down with the Senate Republican Caucus Friday, the White House said. The meeting is slated to take place at 11:15 a.m. ET in the State Dining Room.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) on Thursday re-enacted ripping up a symbolic credit card to protest the government's high spending in an appearance on Fox News.
"The American people understand that we continue to raise the debt limit and don't fix the real problems," Coburn told "The Real Story" host Gretchen Carlson. "So I think we ought to line up with where the American people are and use the debt limit as a way to attract a coalition to actually fix the problems."
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), whose congressional career has spanned over three decades, said Thursday that he's never seen so much infighting within the ranks of the Republican party.
Speaking at the Daily Beast's Hero Summit, McCain cited a Gallup poll released Wednesday that found the GOP's favorability rating has fallen to 28 percent, its lowest since Gallup began asking the question.
Commissioners in a southeastern Utah county declared a state of emergency Wednesday in response to the government shutdown's closure of National Parks, and decided to re-open some parks in an act of "civil disobedience" to alleviate pressure on local businesses.
A digital firm is encouraging furloughed workers to have a few drinks and unload their frustration on elected officials.
Revolution Messaging, which describes itself as "a leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world," has built a website, drunkdialcongress.org, that allows mobile users to input their phone numbers and be connected to the office of a random member of Congress.
Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposals to avert a looming debt crisis highlighted a rift among some of the House's most conservative Republicans when he pitched them the package on Wednesday.
Ryan laid out a plan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that included reforming Medicare and simplifying the tax code. None of his proposals dealt with Obamacare, however, which put off some hardline conservatives who demand defunding or delaying the health care law as part of any deal with Democrats.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) responded Tuesday to singer Miley Cyrus' racy impersonation of her on last weekend's "Saturday Night Live," swearing that she's never "done twerking" in her life.
Speaking on a conference call with conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries and TheTeaParty.net, Bachmann estimated that she's been lampooned on SNL six or seven times. She assured that she has a "good sense of humor" and never takes the sketches "personally."