Here in the real world, Washington is playing a Hunger Game of its own and the results are devastating. Yes, winter is coming, the holidays are on their way, and on November 1, the United States government cut food stamp benefits by 13.6 percent.
In the rather twisted mind of a modern conservative, President Obama is to blame for all our ills, but he gains no credit for all that goes well. This is no exaggeration; it is quite literally true.
The big question for Democrats is this: What kind of deal is worse than the sequester, which Paul Ryan has said is the Republicans' fallback position. In other words, what would make Democrats throw up their hands and say: "You want it? You got it." -- and mean it?
While we're in the financial journalism sector, let's look at all the totally wrong hype the cable networks laid on about how certain they were that the Fed would cut back its stimulus bond purchases back in September.
Tuesday night's election results were a lot to take in -- especially if you're one of the Beltway creatures still clinging to low expectations for the political participation of Millennials. Spoiler alert: Young voter turnout in Virginia went up, a lot.
A feminist budget would recognize the need for change. It would be designed to reduce income and wealth inequality, which disproportionately affects all women but particularly women in communities of color.
Conservative and libertarian arguments about social spending are rooted in the discredited Social Darwinism of Herbert Spencer and William Graham Sumner.
Paul Ryan has indicated that "entitlement reform" will be at the top of his agenda. Committee members should listen carefully to what he has to say and encourage him to provide more details than he has so far offered on how his proposed savings would be accomplished.
The presidential election is three years away, but the recent government shutdown and the way aspirants responded to it will be a key metric for partisans choosing their next nominee. So how did they fare?
Cruz seems to be despised personally by most of his fellow Republican senators, but his brand of wrecking ball extremism has taken over their party, and as a result a great many things that matter stand in danger of being wrecked.
Obamacare may limit individual liberty, or it could catalyze a dynamic labor market unencumbered by employee dependence on employer-based insurance. We'll see reality play out in the years to come. That debate is not, however, germane to today's stalemate.
John Boehner, Ted Cruz & Rand Paul are geniuses, true patriots & founding fathers. (What did George Washington ever do that was so great anyway?) Slow down the government to prove how slow the government is! Love it!
It is shameful that fully grown adults from the richest country in the world and who have lived a life of privilege in comparison to Malala cannot muster the strength of character or a sense of decency to act with even a fraction of the dignity that this teenager exhibits, but that is precisely the case.
There is a murmuring in the pews. Is it possible the bishops are launching another Fortnight for Freedom -- this time to protest the assault on the lives of ordinary people by the Tea Party-led GOP?
Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?
The Tea Partiers have it all muddled again. They're crying about 50 million uninsured Americans retaining access to doctors under the Affordable Care Act instead of protesting, as they did in their early days, the Republican attempt to strangle Medicare.