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Government Shutdown 2013

Long-Suffering Dems Look For Post-Shutdown Bump

AP | ANDREW DeMILLO | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Democrats have suffered politically in recent years after Republicans tied the party to Presi...

The Cruzifixion and the Resurrection

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Some might think that having been defeated Mr. Cruz would have taken his cross and gone home. He has not.

Four Reasons Why Shutdown Battle Increases Odds of Passing Immigration Reform

Robert Creamer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

The possibility of losing control of the House is beginning to stare GOP strategists in the face. Do they really want to risk incensing a big block of Hispanic and other immigrant voters by blocking immigration reform, and energizing them to go out to vote in large numbers to punish Republicans?

Enough Left vs. Right Blame Game: Shutdown Was a Failure of Two-Party System

Travis Irvine | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Travis Irvine

Any Republican or Democrat who replaces another Republican or Democrat will still be a Republican or Democrat and likely buckle to the Republican or Democrat establishment interests.

Women Senators Prove Collaboration Is Better Than Conflict

Sally Steenland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sally Steenland

These women may not wear shiny red capes to work, but these days in Washington, their accomplishments qualify as superpowers.

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.

Al Gore: 'Congress Is Pathetic Right Now'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

Former Vice President Al Gore called Congress "pathetic" while reflecting on the recent "shenanigans" that led to the government shutdown. "Congres...

Paul Blumenthal

Here's The Real Reason We Aren't Done With Shutdowns

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After the 16-day government shutdown earlier this month produced devastating poll numbers for the GOP, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McCo...

McConnell Wins Unlikely Praise

AP | ROGER ALFORD | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — In the midst of a double-barreled re-election fight, Mitch McConnell is earning praise back home from some u...

Longtime GOP Senator: Tea Party Republicans Need To Be 'Rehabilitated'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) had some strong words for his tea party colleagues on Tuesday, suggesting some members need to be "rehabilitated" after thei...

Why I'm Embarking on a Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 12.23.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

I'm embarking on this effort because I believe we must remind ourselves -- and reclaim the practical idea -- that community is a common enterprise. None of us can go it alone.

Jason Linkins

Most Political 'Messaging' Is Not All That It's Cracked Up To Be

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

If you read enough Beltway reporting, you will probably die pretty quickly of intellectual dysentery. But for those whose hearty constitutions allow t...

Paul Blumenthal

Business Groups Can't Quit The Tea Party

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A frustrated business community, opposed to the kind of tea party politics that led to a government shutdown and near debt default, has ...

Colbert Goes After Fox News' Latest Embarrassment

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 10.22.2013 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert took aim at Fox News' resident psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow on last night's "Colbert Report." In response to Ablow diagnosing Presiden...

Sam Stein

Inside The Key Meeting That Led To GOP Collapse

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Barack Obama and Harry Reid needed to clear the air. The relationship between the president and the Senate majority leader had been dete...

A Tea Party Revolution

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael A. Hardy

Now that the first government shutdown in 17 years is over, many are talking about the civil war that has erupted in the Republican Party. While this is a fight among Republicans, voters must be mindful and watchful as to how it will impact the nation as a whole.

Legislators Need to Get the Message That Government Shutdowns Hurt Nonprofits

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 12.21.2013 | Chicago
Valerie S. Lies

We've read a lot about the pain the shutdown has inflicted on federal workers and contractors, but many nonprofits across the state of Illinois and the country have also been severely and negatively impacted by the shutdown.

What Did the Government Shutdown Battle Really Accomplish?

Bowman Cutter | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Bowman Cutter

We just escaped another Perils of Pauline moment by deciding not to test the proposition that default doesn't matter, and the Republican Party's (apparently diminishing) instincts for self-preservation finally overcame its fear of its far-right base. So where are we?

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...

Random thoughts on rational decline

Robert Teitelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Robert Teitelman

This has been a rough few weeks for Rational Man. In fact, this has been a difficult decade or more for the concept, central to both the Enlightenment...

The Government Shutdown and the Moral Arrogance of our Politics

Michael Wear | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Michael Wear

The shutdown was a symptom of what has become an overriding theme in our politics: moral arrogance, a certainty of one's own rightness that suggests not leadership, but megalomania.

Lew: 'Scary' Budget Battle 'Got Close To The Edge'

AP | DARLENE SUPERVILLE | Posted 12.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the just-resolved budget fight was "a little bit scary" because it "got close...

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.

Obama: 'There Were No Winners In This' Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics

A little more than 48 hours after the 2013 government shutdown came to a close, President Barack Obama used his first weekly address since to stress t...

The Roots of Our Political Dysfunction

James Zogby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

The question, as it has been framed, is: how could a minority of hard-line extremists generate enough fear that they were able paralyze their party's leadership forcing the government to shut down and bringing the nation to the brink of default?