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Conservatives, the Shutdown and the Great Con

Dan Agin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dan Agin

Conservative politicians? They just booze it up and pledge allegiance to the leisure class -- because that's where their money comes from. A horde of wriggling grubs pretending to serve the "people."

NY Daily News Has Another Good Shutdown Cover

Posted 12.02.2013 | Media

With the New York Post apparently on a break from making good front pages, it fell to the New York Daily News to once again pick up the slack on Wedne...

7 Iconic Masterpieces The Government Won't Let You See This Week

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 10.02.2013 | Arts

Some of the world's busiest museums went dark Tuesday. The government shutdown -- the first in 17 years -- has paralyzed hundreds of institutions,...

GOP Shutdown: A Game of Shameful Politics

Jim Moore | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Jim Moore

Outrageous. And all for what? Because a small faction of snot-nosed kids within the Republican Party cannot accept the outcomes of the 2008 and 2012 elections and the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The Government Shutdown: An Anarchist's Dream?

Nathan Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Nathan Schneider

Harry Reid's utterance about "Tea Party anarchists" is a symptom of the amnesia that has befallen libertarian political thought in this country -- an amnesia that helps the capitalist class grow stronger with each sequential fiscal crisis and each shrinkage of the social safety net.

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 ...

The Republicans Finally Took Their Ball and Bat and Went Home

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

By refusing to continue to fund the U.S. government because of, essentially, losing a vote in Congress in 2010 and then an election in 2012, the Republican Party has made it clear getting their way is more important than anything else.

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...

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.

'Why The Heck Does This Have To Be Closed?' Tourists Ask Of D.C. During Shutdown

AP | JESSICA GRESKO and BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 10.01.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- The museums that draw millions of visitors to the National Mall closed their doors Tuesday, memorials were barricaded and trash will go ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Congress Shuts Down (College Services For Sailors At) Guantanamo | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress has stymied the Obama administration's efforts to close the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, but there's one component o...

13 Stunning National Parks You Won't Be Able To See During The Shutdown

Posted 10.04.2013 | Green

America is a beautiful place, and we're fortunate to have an expansive network of national parks that showcase the stunning country we live in. Wel...

Tea Party: They Don't Believe in Science, They Don't Know History, They Don't Do Math -- But They Are Obsessed With Extremism

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

This conservative, austere budget has been rejected for months. Their goal is not really about defunding ObamaCare. Their goal was to force their extreme agenda onto the American people.

I Went To The Health Care Exchange And All I Got Was This Affordable Health Care Insurance

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Jon Hotchkiss

I spent about 30 minutes reading the different plans from the various companies and here's my report.

R.I.P Our Government

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The scene in Congress is as ugly as it has been in some time, perhaps resembling the ultimate breakdown of our system of government last seen in the days before the Civil War.

How We're Totally Misunderstanding What The Government Shutdown Means

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell & Katla McGlynn | Posted 10.01.2013 | Comedy

It's not all national park closings and furloughed workers, the government shutdown also means the rule of law goes completely out the window... doesn...

HuffPost Readers: How Are You Affected By The Government Shutdown?

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

If you work for the government, or are otherwise affected by the government shutdown, we want to hear from you. If you're willing to discuss your pers...

How the 'Magic Asterisk' Caused the Shutdown

Dave Johnson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

If you want to understand how we got to the point of a government shutdown, ask any Republican exactly what they would cut from the budget, and ask them to give actual dollar amounts of how much money that would "save."

Congress Plunges Nation Into Chaos

Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running disp...

Congressman Scolds GOP On House Floor: 'DO YOU STAND WITH YOUR COUNTRY?'

Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

Shortly before the federal government shut down at midnight on Oct. 1 over a failure to end a partisan impasse on the latest spending bill, Rep. John ...

The Shutdown: Republicans Win Standoff, Shoot Hostages Anyway

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

This is no longer a hostage negotiation. It has become something far more unpredictable, and therefore much more frightening. Republicans have come full circle from the days when Ronald Reagan proclaimed that "it's morning in America." It's midnight in John Boehner's America.

Boehner Hammers Last Nail in Republican Coffin

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

They ought to just change the name, really. Leave it as just the "Democrats" versus the "Tea Partiers" -- because the Republican Party of yore is nothing more than a corpse waiting for burial, at this point. John Boehner, in fact, just hammered the last nail in its coffin.

Government Shuts Down

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

With members of Congress still working to reach an agreement on spending, the U.S. government shut down at 12 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Sylvia M. Burwell...

Government Shutdown Showdown Continues

The Huffington Post | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

The House of Representatives and the Senate have vollied a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded, as Republicans have attempted ...

Jason Cherkis

Major Timeout: Exclusive Child Care Facility Would Close In Shutdown | Jason Cherkis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It may be Romper Room inside the halls of Congress. But some kids attending actual day care in Washington are the ones about to be punis...