Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.

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Shutdown negotiations finally begin

Government | House Republicans offer compromises and meet with the president while facing poll numbers showing Democrats winning the blame game
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 10/11/13, 08:02 am

WASHINGTON—A White House meeting between President Barack Obama and House Republicans Thursday night ended with no deal on the government shutdown or the debt ceiling.

But a day that began with the GOP offering a concession and ended with both sides sitting across the table from one another had some predicting that the 10-day-old partial shutdown could be nearing its end.

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Obama not budging

Government | The president continues to refuse to negotiate with House Republicans as the debt-ceiling deadline nears
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 10/09/13, 09:17 am

WASHINGTON—The shutdown standoff entered its second week with zero hints that lawmakers are nearing a resolution. Meanwhile, the Oct. 17 debt-ceiling deadline set by the White House looms, threatening to overshadow the partial closure of the federal government.

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Shutdown saga continues

Government | As the partial government shutdown heads into the weekend, Catholics in the military may have to miss Mass
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 10/04/13, 08:07 pm

WASHINGTON—With no end in sight for the partial shutdown of the federal government, some Catholics in the military may have nowhere to celebrate Mass this weekend.

As part of the continuing efforts by government officials to make the effect of the government shutdown as visible as possible, non–active duty priests who work on military bases as contractors may be subject to arrest if they perform their duties while the government is closed.

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