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Government Shutdown 2013

Luke Johnson

Government Shutdown Shuts Down Fundraisers | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the federal government shuttered, forcing mass furloughs and others to work without pay, many lawmakers have decided that it's not ...

Baseball Makes Me Forget DC -- Then Doesn't

Howard Fineman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Howard Fineman

As much as showing me a father's quiet love, my dad taught me life lessons by using the history and proper practices of baseball as his guide. He had been a ball player as a kid, and a lifelong student of the game. Perhaps because we listened to so many "foreign" broadcasts, my dad hated "homers" -- that is, play-by-play announcers who would ignore the facts and shade their analyses so they could curry cheap favor with the hometown radio audience. (Hey, wait a minute! That is exactly what is happening in Washington, not only in Congress but everywhere else in the city!) He told me that the worst thing you could be when you were at bat was a "rabbit ears" -- that is, someone who got upset and distracted by the cheap taunts from the dugout of the other team. (The Congress is full of those kinds of people.)

Warren: 'Hostage-Taking' Is All Republicans Have Left

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren railed against Republican "hostage tactics" during a speech on the government shutdown. "In a democracy, hostage tactics are ...

Crazy! Cuckoo! Strategic?

Asher Edelman | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Asher Edelman

Could it be that the House Republicans have been coached in a plan to close down as much of the U.S. Government as possible for as long a period as possible? Why?

Obama Issues Veto Threat For House GOP's Partial Funding Bills

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 1 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama would veto any "piecemeal" legislation that would restore funding only to certa...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Republicans May Withhold Back Pay From Furloughed Workers | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If and when the federal government reopens for business, congressional lawmakers will have to decide whether or not to retroactively pay...

Obama Cancels Hispanic Caucus Gala Appearance

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is canceling his planned appearance at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's annual gala due to the...

Another Agenda Of The Government Shutdown

David Monsma | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Monsma

The government shut-down causing 800,000 federal workers to be furloughed is a political objective. A series of ongoing furloughs is one way to chip away at government. The most strident political tweakers in the House are not failing to pass legislation, they are succeeding in eroding government.

Obama: Shutdown Forced By Republicans On 'Ideological Crusade'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says House Republicans have shut down the federal government over an "ideological crusade" against his health ca...

A Grandmother on Green Eggs and Obamacare

Margaret Sullivan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Margaret Sullivan

For the first time in 50 years, if I needed my own secondary insurance, I could get it without facing a cap on payments for a serious pre-existing condition. We are an ordinary family, so I expect many others are in much the same position.

Jason Linkins

How The GOP Can Easily Get Rid Of Obamacare Without Staging Any More Crises | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

As I watched Monday night's round of legislative ping-pong end in a needless government shutdown, I thought about whether any of this mishegas was act...

Kate Sheppard

National Park Closures Mean Loss Of More Than Just Scenery | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Local economies in the communities that border national parks are expected to lose as much as $30 million a day as a result of the gover...

How We Got to 'Shutdown'

Grover Norquist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Grover Norquist

In normal times the Republican House and Democrat Senate would meet in conference committees and hash out each budget. But that has not happened under Obama. There has been no compromising or negotiations or even civility.

Amanda Terkel

Top Boehner Ally Changes His Mind On Tying Government Funding To Obamacare | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Nearly every Republican in the House of Representatives repeatedly voted to tie funding for the federal government to a delay in or outr...

After Seven Years Without Health Insurance, I Am Eagerly Signing Up for Obamacare

Nida Khan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

My last full-time job was in 2006. And, subsequently, that was the last time I enjoyed health benefits.

'Twas the Night Before the Shutdown

Ryan McKeever | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Ryan McKeever

Twas the night before the Shutdown, when all thro' the House, A few creatures were stirring, acting like a louse Their bills were crafted by Boehner...

Panda Cam Shut Off!

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.01.2013 | DC
Jeff Danziger


The GOP Must Claim Responsibility for the Shutdown

Morris W. O'Kelly | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Morris W. O'Kelly

This ideological battle is not about changing a law, but subverting the Constitution. The Constitution is clear about how we change and amend laws. A shutdown is not one of the listed remedies.

Shutdown To Force NIH To Turn Away Patients

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Patients hoping to enroll for treatment in cutting-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health's reno...

The Shutdown and the Economy

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.01.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

What we definitely do know beyond the shadow of a doubt is that any of these costs are way too high for a recovery that's already fragile and a job market that's already too weak.

What The Government Shutdown ACTUALLY Means For Education

| Jackie Mader | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of The Hechinger Report. For the short term, most schools will likely be unaffected by the federal government shutd...

Grayson: GOP 'Sadistic' In Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) joined HuffPost Live Tuesday to react to the government shutdown, calling the Republican Party willingness to shut the govern...

Jared Gilmour

Michele Bachmann Pledges To Keep World War II Memorial Open During Shutdown | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on Tuesday promised that she and other members of Congress would personally keep the World War II Memori...

9 Things That Changed Since the Last Government Shutdown

Greg Jacobs | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Greg Jacobs

The United States government officially closed for first time in 16 years. Here are nine quick stats about what has changed since the last government shutdown of 1996.

Kate Sheppard

Offshore Drilling Hearing Continues Despite Government Shutdown | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee still held a hearing on oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday morning, despite a government shutdown ...