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  • n. Plural form of impasse.


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  • The only way to break such impasses is not through some kind of plausibly democratic process -- e.g.,


  • However, it is hard to imagine a no-drama election-year debate in Congress, where fiscal debates for the last year have been punctuated by crises and impasses that often ended inconclusively.

    Senate Clears Tax-Break Extension, Spending Bill

  • Saying the proposed changes covered "only half of the equation," a CU spokesman called for some of the underlying reasons for these impasses to be aired and addressed, especially since "as channel owners seek to recoup revenues being lost by a declining advertising market and cable companies continue to raise rates with impunity, consumers are likely to see these disputes more frequently."

    Cablevision-Fox dispute: Why aren't regulators acting to help consumers?

  • Consecutive spending impasses—first over a threatened government shutdown this spring, then over the nation's debt ceiling—were both solved with short-term cuts to domestic spending subject to Congress's annual discretion.

    Political Perils Have a Broad Reach

  • Of course, not everybody's happy but an overall consensus amongst supervisors to adopt some version of Lee's budget by the June 30 deadline -- and avoid the budget impasses we've seen all too often in Sacramento -- deserves applause.

    Pamela Tom: Ed Lee: How to Be a (Nearly) Perfect Politician Without Really Trying

  • Along with limiting collective bargaining, the law requires public employees to pay at least 15% of their health-care costs and ends arbitration for contract impasses by letting local elected officials choose between their own last offer and the union's.

    Firefighters Battle Labor-Curbs Bill

  • Others have aimed to create similar online tools to help tackle state-specific budget impasses, including California's , created by the nonpartisan group Next10 several years ago.

    Crowdsourcing Deficit Reduction

  • With one dispute solved and the other still raging, The Count decided to look at the two impasses to see just how accurate that statement really is.

    Congrats, NFL, But There Are Tougher Disputes Out There

  • The resulting political impasses have hastened the revolving door of Japanese premiers—seven in five years—with leaders forced to step down amid opposition pressure.

    Japan's Noda Calls for Consumption Tax Debate

  • Nonetheless, I believe Obama will score points, especially in those Green swing states, if he appears to be reasonable and willing to resolve impasses.

    John Zogby: Will Obama's Comeback Hold? Our Poll Says He Has a Lot of Work to Do


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