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Government Shutdown 2013

Heads, We Win; Tails, You Lose

Richard C. Leone | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

For the GOP the real question may be this: Would a recession turn out to help them lock in the major gains they made in 2010 in the House and at the state and local level?

Advanced Economies Strengthening, Emerging Market Economies Weakening

Olivier Blanchard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Olivier Blanchard

The recovery from the crisis continues, albeit too slowly. While the focus at this time is more on emerging market economies, other legacies of the crisis are still very much present and advanced economies are not out of the woods.

Luke Johnson

Obama Weighs In On Government Shutdown | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he is willing to negotiate with Republicans over health care or any other topic, but only after...

Obama Regrets Missing Big Trip

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he regrets not being in Asia this week to help negotiate a trade deal that could create ...

Shutdown Shame: No Military Death Benefits For Families Of Fallen Troops

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

Families of fallen troops are being denied military death benefits because of the government shutdown. Over the weekend, the relatives of at least ...

John Celock

GOP Lawmaker Doubles Down On Obama-Hitler Comparison | John Celock | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

A Republican state legislator in Arizona is continuing to press her case that President Barack Obama can be compared to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. ...

Idled FEC Recalling Workers to Fix Computing Crash

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A computer server crash is forcing the government shutdown-idled Federal Election Commission to recall "a few staff people" to address the issue with major campaign finance filing deadlines looming.

Open Letter to Speaker John Boehner

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am writing to you in the deepest respect to your office and to you as a person of integrity and intelligence.

Obama Pressures Boehner To Hold Vote To Reopen Government

AP | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their p...

U.S. Government Shut Down But the Show Must Go On

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Leaders must learn to value dissenting opinions, not eliminate them from negotiation. They cannot make everyone they interact with like themselves, but they are free and have to learn to be able to listen to and discuss others' perspectives for a productive negotiation.

If They'll Sit Down for a Coup of Their Own Party, What's Next?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

At what point do we call this more than taking a stand? When do we say it is a take-over by one part of the Republican Party perpetrated upon the rest? And if they'll do that to their own people, we know what's next for anyone who gets in their way.

5 Financial Tips for the Furloughed

Eric Adamowsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Eric Adamowsky

With families to support, bills to pay and the length of the shutdown unclear, furloughed workers face uncertainty. Will the Senate pass the back pay bill? Can credit card bills be delayed? What about the mortgage payments?

The Government Shutdown Isn't Because of a Resource Problem

Perry Yeatman | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Perry Yeatman

We can't spend more and we can't stop helping and protecting people. But by prioritizing outcomes we can shift from a budget fight to a constructive debate about investments and returns, rather than programs and spending.

What Does a Federal Government Shutdown Mean for People on a Practical Basis?

Quora | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Joel Lewenstein, Product Designer at Quora Any federally-funded program not deemed "necessar...

Why Did the U.S. Government Shut Down in October 2013?

Quora | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Aaron Hellman, Full of questions Per the constitution, Congress must pass the fiscal Federal...

Shut Down This Leadership

David D. Burstein | Posted 12.08.2013 | College
David D. Burstein

People in my generation need to step up to the plate to run for office. While many of us have become social innovators and entrepreneurs, hardly any of us are running for public office.

Government 'Slimdown'?

Adrian Brooks | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Adrian Brooks

I see with astonishment and disgust that the GOP and its henchmen at FOX News, for example, are now calling the government shutdown a "government slim...

Ladies in Red: Shut Out and Shutdown

Teal Pennebaker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Teal Pennebaker

What if women ran the House GOP? No really. What if they did? We probably wouldn't hear quotes like this about the federal shutdown, courtesy of House Republican Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) -- "We have to get something out of this. And I don't know what that even is."

Obama Calls John Boehner, Says He Still Won't Negotiate

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner offered hints of possible compromise but also traded heat...

Debtlock in D.C.: A Chance for Obama to Pass the Ball (Not the Buck)

Mike Zuckerman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mike Zuckerman

One way to break the impasse: avoid status quo tactics and enlist a chief messenger who is not the president to pry skeptical voters away from the brink.

Mr. President, Tear Down These Barricades!

Judy Farah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Judy Farah

The government shutdown has taken its toll on more than 800,000 federal workers across America. But it's America itself and its iconic symbols that are also the victims.

Nobel Prize Winner Furloughed Due To Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

In 2012, David Wineland, a physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his "ground-breaking ...

House Republicans Mulling New 'Supercommittee' On Debt Ceiling

Reuters | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans are weighing legislation requiring the creation of a new negotiating panel to find deficit-redu...

Boehner Still Wants To Negotiate, Dodges Question About Ending Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he wants to have a "conversation" with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats over t...

History Isn't Repeating Itself -- This Shutdown Is Different

Bob Greenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The president is right not to negotiate or make concessions in return for re-opening the government or raising the debt limit.  We should not reward and enshrine hostage-taking and extortionate tactics as a basic part of American politics.