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Why the Shutdown Needs to End

Sharon Parrott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

Day by day, the real-world problems that the shutdown causes will grow, and more and more of the "make do" steps that federal agencies and states have used to limit the damage will run out.

Yoho Doesn't Think Furloughed Workers Deserve Back Pay -- But Voted To Give It To Them

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) said Thursday he doesn't think furloughed government workers should receive back pay -- even though he voted less...

Robin Wilkey

These Workers Won't Be Receiving Back Pay After Shutdown | Robin Wilkey | Posted 10.10.2013 | Small Business

The House of Representatives voted unanimously on Saturday to pay back a half-million federal workers who have been furloughed due to the government s...

Republicans 'Badly Damaged' By Shutdown, Poll Finds

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

The Republican Party has been "badly damaged" by the government shutdown, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Thursday evening, whic...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdowner | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced Thursday that Republicans would seek a deal to raise the country's borrowing limit for six...

Shutdown, Lockdown -- Stand Down!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, political hardliners seem more callous than ever. They act like they would rather there be no government than a government that implements a legally voted piece of legislation -- the Affordable Care Act. It

The Shutdown Reveals Our National Priorities

Ben Tripp | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ben Tripp

This isn't a government shutdown. We should stop calling it that. It's a demonstration of our national priorities.

Stop the Shutdown Now

Danielle Brian | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Danielle Brian

We at POGO have committed our lives to our work because we believe in the value of good government. Every minute the government is shut down is another minute where public services, oversight, and accountability crumble.

A Game Without Winners

Michael Brune | Posted 12.10.2013 | Green
Michael Brune

The mentality of Tea Party Republicans that brought us to this debt crisis is the same one that exacerbates the climate crisis: a rigid ideology devoid of facts, reason, or any desire to identify common ground.

Shutdown Blues

Bob Kleine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Bob Kleine

As Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth (adapted from the Bible), "Pride goeth before destruction, and a high mind before the fall." If we do not come to our senses soon, we are headed for a long fall, and for the end of American exceptionalism.

Faithful Filibuster: Christian Leaders Read Scripture, Exhort Congress To Care For Poor

Religion News Service | Katherine Burgess | Posted 10.10.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Under a cloudy and drizzly sky, across the street from the U.S. Capitol, David Beckmann read passages from the prophet Isaiah. “Comfort, co...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Leaves Babies In North Carolina Without Formula | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chelsea Combs heard through Facebook she'd have to find a new way to buy baby formula this month. The North Carolina Department of He...

Mark Gongloff

Jobless Claims Hit 6-Month High | Mark Gongloff | Posted 12.10.2013 | Business

While we're all focused on whether or not Congress will raise the debt ceiling in time to avoid a nightmarish government default, the government shutd...

LATEST UPDATES: Government Shutdown Continues

Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

The government shutdown continued Thursday as President Barack Obama and congressional leaders remained at odds in the ongoing budget standoff. Th...

One Line From The Koch Brothers' Letter Tells All

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

Koch Industries sent a letter to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday insisting that the company was not involved in any ploy to shut down the government in e...

Shutdown Hits Nuclear Power Regulators

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which monitors the nation's 100 commercial nuclear power plants, is set to furlough 3,600 employees on Thursday aft...

Oil Drillers Get Unfair Shutdown Access To National Parks, Petition Says

The Huffington Post | Jared Gilmour | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A progressive activist group's online petition seeks to stop oil and gas drilling in national parks while the areas are closed to the pu...

Why Do Republicans Get Away With Saying Such Outrageous Things? They Are Distracting Us While They Do Real Damage

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Tired of all the outrageous things Republicans say and are not held accountable? Whether or not you like the president, he is President of the United States. That used to mean something.

The GOP's Debt Ceiling War Is Not About Debt But About Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The debt ceiling debate can't be separated from the GOP's never-ending hunt for any issue that can taint, embarrass, and ultimately weaken the Obama presidency and at the same time re-impose its agenda on Congress and the nation.

Sam Stein

Shutdown Sends Chill Through Science Community: 'I Don't Want To Throw Away' My Career | Sam Stein | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The shutdown of the federal government, now well into its second week, has put a chill on the science community and left young researche...

Guess Who's Hiring, Despite The Shutdown?

Washington Times | Jim McElhatton | Posted 12.09.2013 | DC

The federal government is shut down, but that hasn't stopped agencies from running lots of "help wanted" ads. More than 4,000 job postings remained a...

She Has A Very Good Reason For Hating The Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.09.2013 | Healthy Living

A Michigan woman struggling with ovarian cancer took an attention-grabbing approach to voicing her displeasure with the government shutdown. On Tuesda...

Boehner Admits 100% Responsibility for Shutdown (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

2013-10-09-ScreenShot20131009at1.59.45PM.pngThe minute anyone says the government shutdown is the fault of the Democrats in Congress and President Obama, please show them this video.

The Tea Party Has Already Won

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Marcus Landsberg

What government department does the Tea Party want to be funded that is not currently being funded right now during the shutdown? I can't think of one.

The God of No Compromise and the Government Shutdown

Morgan Guyton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

For many of us who grew up evangelical, the word "compromise" has always been a bad word. It means to allow non-Christian values and influences to corrupt your devotion to Biblical truth.