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The Psychological Price Tag of Government Shutdown

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

The agency doors are open and Washington has returned to a more normal state of dysfunction. What has 16 days of darkened offices, empty parks, and a powered off panda cam cost?

Ryan Presses Narrower Focus For Next Budget Fight

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2013 | Politics

* Ryan eyes savings from benefits programs * Lowered expectations seen improving chances for agreement * "Can we get som...

Alzheimer's Funding Should Be a No-Brainer

Michael Hodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Perhaps more than any other disease, Alzheimer's demonstrates that spending on health would be a way to reduce future costs.

Blurred Lines of the Budget Debate

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Rosenblum

Why, as Congress trudged through their government shutdown and a countdown to default, did so many in Washington do their best to blur the lines of truth about what could help jump start our economy?

The Government Shut Down, But Alzheimer's Did Not

George Vradenburg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

When the government re-opened, it failed to address the arbitrary, across-the-board sequester that is systematically weakening the federal research enterprise. This may have superficial appeal on short-term balance sheets, but it's handicapping long-term prospects.

If Americans Overwhelmingly Love Our National Parks, Why Isn't Congress Fully Funding Them?

Theresa Pierno | Posted 12.23.2013 | Green
Theresa Pierno

If Congress stays on this damaging course of chipping away at the Park Service budget, we will continue to see cutbacks, closures, crumbling infrastructure, and disrepair in these places we love -- the very places that should represent the best we have to offer as a nation.

After Budget Deal, Time to Move Forward

Dean Baker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

The problem is that the Democrats still seem to accept the Republicans' parameters for the budget debate. The implication is that current deficits are a serious problem.

Army Weapons Programs Hit Hard By Cuts: 'Some, We'll Have To Cancel'

Reuters | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. defense budget cuts will affect the Army's plan to develop a ...

Q&A: The Government Shutdown and Its Aftermath

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

On Wednesday evening, the night of the vote in the U.S. Senate and House that ended the government shutdown, The Commonwealth Club convened a town hal...

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday opened the door to Social Security cuts as part of a budget deal with congressional Republicans. But...

Zach Carter

Marco Rubio Rewrites Government Shutdown History | Zach Carter | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Sunday attempted to distance himself from the government shutdown strategy he and other potential GOP presi...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.19.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week saw disaster averted when, at the last possible moment, Congress voted to reopen the government and extend the debt ceiling. Of course, we actually only avoided extreme disaster -- allowing us to return to the ordinary, run-of-the-mill disaster that is the current sequester-hobbled budget. It's like living in a house that's falling apart and celebrating because you convinced the repairman not to burn it down. But even avoided catastrophes can be pricey: since 2010, these politically-manufactured crises have cost us 3 percent of GDP, 900,000 jobs and $700 billion in lost economic activity -- not including the $24 billion this latest circus cost. And now we get to see if Congress, so eager to pat itself on the back for not driving the world economy over the cliff, can at long last get its act together -- or if we'll have to go through the exasperating brink-of-disaster routine all over again in three months.

Friday Talking Points [278] -- ...And the Law Won

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This week will be seen as a turning point in the future. Ted Cruz and his band of merry Tea Partiers fought the Obamacare law, with every ounce of energy they could muster. And the law won.

Embrace Your Finances and Attain Financial Freedom

Erin Cox | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Erin Cox

It is refreshing to finally get honest with yourself and know exactly where you stand. Write out every dollar that you owe and write out the interest rate of each debt. It may not be pretty, but now you can create a plan and feel a sense of control.

How the Tea Party Broke the Two-Party System

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The tea party hasn't broken the Constitution -- it has broken our century-old two-party system of government. And there is a least one Founder who might have been pleased.

Congress Kicks the Can, Again

Jim Moret | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics
Jim Moret

Maybe it's time to kick these politicians in their collective cans and demand them to stop political posturing, accept responsibility and take action

A Radioactive Poster Child for Government Waste

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

The government's plans for the construction of a new uranium processing facility are so ridiculous that it could be a poster child for wasteful and unnecessary spending.

Paul Ryan's Plans Are Being Ignored

Bloomberg | Posted 10.16.2013 | Politics

Representative Paul Ryan wanted big policy changes to lift the U.S. debt ceiling: a revamp of Social Security and Medicare, a framework for tax-code c...

Howard Fineman

15 Reasons Why American Politics Has Become An Apocalyptic Mess | Howard Fineman | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Why is America on the edge of a political and fiscal nervous breakdown? We aren’t fighting an external threat: no foreign ism or axis....

The Tea Party and the New York Times Shut Down the Government

Dean Baker | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The reason that many people might be sympathetic to shutting down the govPolls consistently show that people grossly overestimate the amount of money going to many less popular categories of spending. This is where the New York Times comes into the picture.

Michael McAuliff

GOP Members Back Simple Solution Leaders Won't Embrace | Michael McAuliff | Posted 10.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Time is running out, but there's still a simple solution to the twin fiscal terrors Congress seems intent on inflicting on America: Just...

Tea Party Roadmap to Winning Via Shutdown

Marcus Landsberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Marcus Landsberg

Why should the Tea Party cooperate with the rest of Congress, if cooperating means they lose 100% of the achievements they've made?

Can Republicans Recover in Bush-Obama America?

David Dent | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Dent

Earlier this week, Congressman Walter Jones Jr slipped away from the consumption of the Washington budget drama for his "friendship" calls. Jones always tries to save a piece of each week to take a pulse of the mood of his district in Eastern North Carolina.

Columbia for the Broke and Fancy

Off Track Planet | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Off Track Planet

Even the strongest backpacker renegades need to put down the pack, throw back a few cold ones, and stretch those weary legs now and then. Treat yourself to a hint of luxury, without shelling out the big bucks, at these five backpacker resorts in Colombia.

It's Time to End the Cycle of Governing Crisis to Crisis and Fund America

George Goehl | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
George Goehl

Tell me if you have seen this movie before. Washington manufactures a budget crisis, waits till the last minute to deal with it and then at the eleventh hour kicks the can down the road just to have the whole fight over again three to six months later. Rinse and repeat.