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Tea and Sympathy

Atiba Madyun | Posted 12.17.2013 | DC
Atiba Madyun

Thousands of federal employees returned to work this morning as the 2013 #GovernmentShutdown ended. With the damage left by the tea party, a small f...

So What Was the Shutdown All About, Really?

Danny Schechter | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics
Danny Schechter

Deal Done But War Goes On: No Winners, Only Losers Behind the Shutdown was a politics of right-wing movement building to raise money and visibility by...

Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Not Planning To Make A 'Stupid Trade' | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has no interest in a budget deal that trades sequestration relief for entitlement cuts, belie...

Remove 'Can't' from Your Vocabulary

Ken Budd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ken Budd

The impasse resulted from the politics of can't -- we can't compromise, we can't negotiate, we can't stop showing the nation (and the world) that we're inept.

Ted Cruz Deserves Award for Service to Democrats

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
John Tepper Marlin

I hereby nominate Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for a Prize for Outstanding Service to the Democratic Party. Surely he has done more for Democrats than ...

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...

The Walking Dead: A Congressional Disaster Movie

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The spectacle of these last weeks has been thoroughly ginned up, as fictional as the plot of any Hollywood disaster film.

What Was 'Essential' and What Wasn't

Mattea Kramer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mattea Kramer

In that distinction between what was necessary and what wasn't, it was easy enough to spot the values of the people's representatives. And what we saw was gut-wrenching. Stomach-churning.

Why Did the GOP Miscalculate So Badly in the Shutdown Battle?

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The Republicans did not simply lose a tough fight that they knew was a long shot. Much of the Republican leadership fundamentally miscalculated their odds of success -- and underestimated the consequences of defeat.

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...

Republicans Eyeing Future Contests Split On Shutdown Vote

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans eyeing possible White House bids in 2016 largely opposed a bill in Congress to avert a default and end a...

Yosemite Is Open!

AP | Posted 12.17.2013 | Green

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Yosemite National Park is reopening to visitors Wednesday night with the end of the 16-day partial government ...

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...

Winners and Losers

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We've been in the midst of crass politics for three solid weeks now, so it doesn't seem that unbecoming to engage in some more of the same at the end of the shutdown/default crisis. The name of this game is politics. Here's who came out a winner, and who bears the loser label.

'F**k you, RINO!!!' John Boehner Should Probably Avoid His Facebook Page For Awhile

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner posted a note on his Facebook page Wednesday explaining his decision to allow a House vote to reopen the gove...

Luke Johnson

Here Is How Much The Government Shutdown Cost | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The government shutdown has taken at least $24 billion out of the United States economy, the financial ratings agency Standard & Poor's ...

Today's Budget Agreement Reaffirms an Important Principle

Bob Greenstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The budget agreement that Senate leaders announced today marks an important victory for the principle that shutting down the government and threatening national default aren't acceptable ways for either party to pursue policy concessions and should always be rejected.

Obama's Top Wall Street Ally Sets Record Straight On The Shutdown's Economic Impact

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.16.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Robert Wolf, former chairman of the Americas for UBS, joined HuffPost Live to discuss the shutdown and its economic impact. ...

Shutdown Hasn't Hurt October Asking Home Prices So Far

Jed Kolko | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business
Jed Kolko

How has the two-week shutdown of the federal government affected home prices? The main sales-price indexes won't tell us until 2014: homes going under...

Alissa Scheller

LOOK: What The Shutdown Cost Our National Parks | Alissa Scheller | Posted 11.11.2013 | Green

The shutdown of the federal government has had a devastating impact on some of the most beautiful places in the country. Story continues below gra...

Notes From Dysfunction Junction

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

I've been put off by most of these "terrorist" and "hostage" analogies, but this is a toddler who wants to be compensated for the anguish she suffered during her meltdown.

The One Thing Boehner Can't Stop Saying

The Huffington Post | Hannah Levy | Posted 10.16.2013 | Comedy

You may think that Speaker John Boehner has been a bit unreasonable throughout discussions of the debt ceiling, Obamacare and the Government shutdown,...

WATCH: Pat Robertson Tells Republicans To Give Up

Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion

Pat Robertson shocked America by speaking as a voice of reason to the Republican Party. The Televangelist warned they are being too extreme with thei...

Ted Cruz Channels Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball

Mike Lux | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Lux

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.

The Shutdown Is No Longer Only a Domestic Issue

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

In a world where the U.S. has assumed global leadership, the real possibility that the U.S. can no longer govern itself, or honor its debts, changes everything.