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Government Shutdown 2013

Huge Government Contractor Revises Furlough Plans

AP | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Lockheed Martin said Monday that it is furloughing about 2,400 workers due to the government shutdown — 20 percent les...

Thousands Of Furloughed Workers File For Unemployment

AP | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Furloughed federal government workers have filed more than 10,000 claims for unemployment benefits in the District o...

Here's A Look At How The Government Shut Down

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

-- A timeline of Congress' battle over the partial government shutdown: Sept. 20: With a potential government shutdown 11 days off, the Republican-r...

Justice Department Seeks Delay In NSA Case

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says that because of the shutdown, it wants a federal court to delay a court case in which th...

Obama Thanks FEMA For Work During Government Shutdown

AP | JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is thanking workers at the Federal Emergency Management Agency for doing their jobs under "les...

What Are We Creating?

Ilene Angel | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Ilene Angel

Whatever we all choose to create today, I hope it is something of abiding value, that transcends this moment, and brings us the promise of better days ahead.

A Modest Proposal

Sharon Heaton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sharon Heaton

I think it is agreed by all that our nation is politically fractured. The solution is obvious: cleave in half, becoming two separate but friendly nations with a shared history and a cooperative future.

How the Kochs and their Friends Engineered the Federal Shutdown, Part Two

Eric Zuesse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

This blog is the second part of a story chronicling the Koch brothers' influence on the shutdown. Read the first part here. On Thursday, 25 March 201...

Supreme Court Term Begins Amid Shutdown

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its new term Monday by turning away hundreds of appeals, including Virginia's bid to revive ...

How the Kochs and their Friends Engineered the Federal Shutdown, Part One

Eric Zuesse | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Eric Zuesse

Starting in 2002, the Koch brothers, David and Charles, re-directed their foundations' money away from the libertarian Cato Institute, which they had ...

The Daly Szep -- A Recording

Paul Szep | Posted 12.07.2013 | Comedy
Paul Szep


They Can't Shut Down Mother Nature

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Attempting to "get away from it all" for a few hours over the weekend, I sought the beautiful sights of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge on the Eastern Shore. Well, I may have been two hours away from Washington but I didn't get away from anything.

'The Republicans Should Not Have Started This'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said "the Republicans should not have started this" government shutdown, Patch reports. "[C]losing the government down was...

The Affordable Care Act: Our Leaders Must Put Our Health First and Stop the Madness

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 12.07.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

There has been much public confusion about the ACA, caused in part by the ongoing acrimonious political debate over it. But this is no way to run a government.

Shutdown Enters Second Week, No End In Sight

Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

By DONNA CASSATA, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown entered its second week with no end in sight and ominous signs t...

LATEST UPDATES: Government Shutdown Standoff Continues In Congress

Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

The federal government shutdown continued Monday with few signs of progress in Congress, with the U.S. inching towards default ahead of the October 17...

Why a Trillion Dollar Coin May Not Be a Crazy Idea After All

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 12.07.2013 | Business
Sanjay Sanghoee

Let's not forget that even if the debt ceiling debate does eventually end positively, the 2011 fiasco resulted in a downgrade of the U.S. credit rating, and given how crazy Washington is right now we may be better off protecting our present than betting on our future.

Don't Call It a 'Shutdown'

Carl Gibson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Carl Gibson

This is simply another shot fired across the bow from the GOP's sinking ship in the class war they're waging on America's most vulnerable.

Shut Down, Not Shut Off: What Can Nonprofits Learn From the Government Impasse?

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

When things happen beyond our control -- like the government shutting down -- it's good to have a Plan B. We owe it to all those who receive our services.

Dow Tumbles 137 Points

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business

NEW YORK, Oct 7 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Monday as the partial U.S. government shutdown dragged on with no signs of a softening in the position...

'Fighting' Mad at Congress for Shutdown? Don't Be. It's Not Their Fault -- It's Ours

Bryan Farha | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Bryan Farha

Our anger should not be targeted at members of the House and Senate. It should be targeted at ourselves. You and I are ultimately to blame. Let me explain.

In Government Shutdown, House Conservatives Abandon Their Principles

Dana Radcliffe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dana Radcliffe

Conservatives talk a lot about the importance of their principles. It is sadly ironic, then, that the conservatives in Congress who shut down the government thereby turned away from principles and persuasion to a purely Machiavellian exercise of brute force

Federal Government Work Piles Up A Week Into Shutdown

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Across America the government's work is piling up, and it's not just paperwork. It's old tires and red Solo cups lit...

The Republican Push Is Unconstitutional, and They Have to Know It

Andrew Reinbach | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Andrew Reinbach

The ACA was passed by Congress, signed by the president, and found constitutional by the Supreme Court. It is the law.

Top Dem Says House Republicans 'Looking Over Their Shoulders'

AP | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 House Democrat says a key factor extending the government shutdown is fear among moderate Republicans abou...