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Government Shutdown 2013

GOP Gov: 'There's No Monopoly On Stupidity' In Washington

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

With 2013's 16-day government shutdown in the rearview mirror, one Republican revealed Thursday how surprised he was to see things go that far. Mai...

How the Shutdown Changed America (MUSIC VIDEO)

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 12.18.2013 | Comedy
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine


The Government Shutdown and the Oceans

Ted Danson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Green
Ted Danson

While some fishermen were stuck on shore waiting for government permits, like the Alaskan King Crab fishermen of the popular Deadliest Catch TV series, the majority of the fishing industry kept fishing, removing 30 million pounds of seafood from the ocean on average each day.

No Gloating - - Well, Maybe a Little

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

According to anonymous Capitol Hill sources, Nancy Pelosi cautioned Democratic members of Congress today against "gloating" over the spectacular crash-and-burn that was the Republicans' government shutdown.

Kate Sheppard

Al Gore: Budget Crisis Has Lessons For Climate Change Deniers | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Al Gore sees parallels between the last two and a half weeks of budget chaos on Capitol Hill and the climate crisi...

Jason Linkins

The Shutdown Is Over! So ... What Happens Now? | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

What time is the next government shutdown? And what is the future of everything? Glad you asked, because even though the federal government is re-...

Vets and the Government Shutdown

Shad Meshad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

Several days ago our hotline received a call from the combat zone in Afghanistan from a soldier worrying whether his family would receive the money they need.  Think about it.  From the combat zone.

Dave Jamieson

FINALLY: Federal Workers To Get First Raise In 3 Years | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Barring a change of heart among lawmakers, the bill that Congress passed late Wednesday night to end the government shutdown will lead t...

Here's How Much Congress Got Paid During The Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

The government shutdown came to a close early Thursday morning when President Barack Obama signed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceil...

The 31% Difference: Why We Need More Women (and More Effective Policymaking) in Congress

Gabrielle Linnell | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Gabrielle Linnell

Let this crisis be a lesson to us, a call to action to improve Congress by electing more women in both parties, and let us see if a tragedy can become an opportunity to renew our trust in government.

Bachmann 'Very Sad' About Government Reopening

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) called Thursday, the day the government reopened after a shutdown that lasted almost two weeks, "a very sad day." I...

GOP Leaders Are Basically Batman Villains Now

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 12.17.2013 | Comedy

Ari Melber of MSNBC's "The Cycle" did a stunningly accurate job explaining how the government shutdown is exactly like Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knigh...

Obama: Shutdown Damaged U.S. Economy

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The government unlocked its doors Thursday after 16 days, and President Barack Obama blasted Republican lawmakers for the partial shutd...

Kimmel Has One Simple Question For Average Americans

Posted 12.17.2013 | Comedy

Jimmy Kimmel had one simple question for pedestrians: "Did Republicans do the right thing by allowing Obamacare to move forward, even though the impen...

McCain Makes Big 'Guarantee'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he can "guarantee" the government won't shut down again. During an interview on CNN's "New Day," McCain said "peopl...

You Can Breathe Now: The Real Lesson Learned

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

It was the Republican Party that took the United States to the edge of defaulting for the first time in its history, risking world financial chaos. All because they were pandering to their far-right extremist base, and gave Sen. Ted Cruz the keys.

QUIZ: Are These Quotes From An Alien Invasion Movie, Or From A Republican Describing Obamacare?

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Some politicians make the Affordable Care Act sound like a one-way ticket to the End of Days. Maybe they are truly scared that accessible healthcare f...

Why Elizabeth Warren Is 'NOT Celebrating' The End Of The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) emailed supporters late Wednesday to say how glad she is that the government shutdown ended and the U.S. didn't defaul...

What to Expect During the Cease-Fire

Robert Reich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President has now scored a significant victory over extremist Republicans. But the fight will continue. He mustn't relinquish ground during the upcoming cease-fire.

Winning the Peace: The Post-Shutdown Challenge

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's a major victory. The shutdown's ending, the government isn't defaulting (at least not yet), and Democrats didn't yield in the face of threats and bullying. But what happens next could shape our fate for many years to come.

Federal Employees To Return To Work Thursday: White House

Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell notified furloughed federal workers late Wednesday that they should plan to return to ...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Score Amazing Own Goal | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After voting this year to keep federal employees' pay frozen, Republicans in Congress have accidentally given many government workers th...

What Follows This Congressional Deal?

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mohamed A. El-Erian

The good news -- and it is very good news -- is that Congress seems to have finally struck a deal that would reopen the government and dodge a debt default. In doing so, lawmakers have avoided (at least for now) a crisis of their own creation that would have tipped the country into recession, caused substantial job losses, and further eroded America's global standing -- all of which would have also undermined national security. Yet the good news is not the result of a visionary solution that reconciles, even in a limited fashion, material differences of views on the size and scope of government; nor does it fundamentally realign political incentives in a constructive manner. What emerged from Congress on Wednesday speaks to stop-gap measures born of exhaustion and political miscalculations, and prompted by national (and global) outrage.

GOP Rep 'Not Sure' If His Tea Party Colleagues Are Actually Republicans

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

As Republicans came to terms with Wednesday's news of a Senate deal to reopen the government and avoid a debt default, one member of the GOP questione...

Here's The Full Text Of The Senate CR Debt Ceiling Deal

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

Senate leaders unveiled a deal Wednesday to reopen the government and avoid a potential debt default. Below, the full text of the deal: Senate C...