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Government shutdown: What can break the impasse in Washington

January 22, 2018

By Greg St. Martin

The United States federal government shut down this weekend, as Congress couldn’t pass a short-term spending plan. Both Republicans and Democrats dug in their heels and blamed each other for the impasse.

There was some optimism Sunday that a bipartisan group of moderate Senators could reach an agreement to reopen federal agencies Monday morning. But late Sunday the Senate adjourned without a deal to end the shutdown, and a new vote was postponed until Monday at noon.... Read more about Government shutdown: What can break the impasse in Washington

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High stakes for politics, SCOTUS in 2018

January 4, 2018

By Greg St. Martin

This story is part of our multi-part series looking at some of the big stories and bright ideas primed to make headlines in 2018.

Politics consumed the national discourse in 2017, as the White House challenged conventional norms, Republicans and Democrats clashed over major pieces of legislation, and special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation loomed large over President Donald Trump’s first year in office.

The political stakes will be just as high, if not higher, in 2018, and the Supreme Court will be hearing cases with major implications for the First Amendment, according to Northeastern faculty experts.... Read more about High stakes for politics, SCOTUS in 2018