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Ted Cruz's Reality Show Antics Cloak the Real Damage the GOP Has Done

Jason Sattler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

Cruz's relentless angling to make himself the breakout star of the Senate reality show does have a benefit for Republicans.

Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions of Jobs -- And Risks Millions More

Joe Conason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

The shutdown alone reduced economic activity in the United States by at least $24 billion and cut growth in the current quarter by as much as 0.6 percent. But that is just the beginning of a much grimmer inventory of suffering.

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...

Jennifer Bendery

White House Tours To Resume In November | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON – White House tours will resume in early November, a White House official confirmed Friday to The Huffington Post. The tours, which we...

Sam Stein

Harry Reid: Ted Cruz 'Is A Laughing Stock To Everybody But Him' | Sam Stein | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the showdown over raising the nation's debt limit and funding the government entered its final week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Re...

I Miss the Shutdown Already

Trey Ellis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Trey Ellis

Up until the Tea Party's Waterloo, they had been blithely crushing all opponents. Federal irrelevance was beginning to seem the norm. But thanks to their overreach, pretty much shutting down government altogether, a funny thing happened. Ordinary Americans began to miss it.

Ryan Grim

Harry Reid Not Planning To Make A 'Stupid Trade' | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has no interest in a budget deal that trades sequestration relief for entitlement cuts, belie...

'It's Sequestration, Stupid'

Tom Sheridan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tom Sheridan

Over the past few weeks, Wall Street has had its eye on world economic ruin. Washington has had its eye on the shuttered doors of government. Me? I have had my eye on the demise of sequestration.

Today's Budget Agreement Reaffirms an Important Principle

Bob Greenstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The budget agreement that Senate leaders announced today marks an important victory for the principle that shutting down the government and threatening national default aren't acceptable ways for either party to pursue policy concessions and should always be rejected.

Sequestration Re-Emerges As Budget Battle Issue

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The broad, automatic spending cuts known as sequestration have re-emerged as a central issue in efforts to end the p...

Sequesters, Shutdowns and Defaults

Stephen Zarlenga | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stephen Zarlenga

Congress squabbles but the present system just can't relieve or solve the problem -- because the debt money system itself is the problem!

Jason Linkins

No, Americans Are Not Suffering From 'Apocalypse Fatigue,' They Are Suffering From Actual Apocalypses | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

One of the more interesting things about our American life is that since 2008, we have had a financial sector crisis and then an unemployment crisis a...

The National Health Debt

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Federal funding for research is drying up faster than a parched desert after a rain. Its continual deterioration provides a frightening view of our country's lost sense of priorities.

You Can Raise Secure Kids Even in This Financially Insecure Time

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

The economy has been slowly recovering, and the stock markets have reached historic highs, but for many, times are still tough. First, we had sequestr...

Chamber of (Con) Commerce

Adam Resnick | Posted 12.09.2013 | Business
Adam Resnick

Any legislator that doesn't admonish the Chamber of Commerce and vehemently oppose their pro-corruption agenda might as well say that they support the corporate looting of the very people that voted them into office.

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.

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week was dominated by the shutdown. It's as much a shutdown of the executive functions of the brain as it is of the government. A monument to monumental stupidity, it's also a shutdown of possibility, and of whatever residual trust the public still has in the American political system. Even those doing the right thing by fighting it were reduced by the sheer absurdity of the situation. All to try to reinstate a sequester-level budget that is itself horrifically self-destructive (note to media: the Affordable Care Act and sequester are the compromises, and bad ones, at that). That's right -- we've now sunk to a level in which the merely horribly self-destructive is a goal that seems out of reach. So our leaders play games instead of even attempting to address the real problems, like the roughly 20 million unemployed or underemployed Americans. That's for August. The September numbers weren't released on Friday -- because of the shutdown.

Dave Jamieson

'Indefensible:' How Federal Workers Get Squeezed By Both Parties | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Working for the federal government is supposed to be the most stable gig in America, immune to the uncertainties of private-sector busin...

Dave Jamieson

Furloughed Workers On Congress Still Getting Paid: 'That Sucks' | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chris Romine walked out of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History Tuesday morning with a furlough notice in his hand. For ...

Don't Reward the Politics of Blackmail, or We'll See More Shutdowns

Bob Greenstein | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

More than the fate of health reform (and whether millions of uninsured Americans get health coverage) is at stake in the battle over the government shutdown. How well -- or poorly -- our democracy functions is increasingly on the line.

Jennifer Bendery

Democratic Lawmaker Grumbles About His Party Caving On Sequestration | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the midst of a partisan war over funding the government, one House Democrat fumed Monday night that his party leaders aren't fighting...

Business As Usual: A Tale of Two Sectors

Tim Delaney | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Tim Delaney

As the clock ticks down towards the latest two federal fiscal crises manufactured by politicians, charitable nonprofits prepare for business as usual: doing even more to serve the American people.

Ryan J. Reilly

Holder: DOJ Employees Will 'Suffer' Under Shutdown | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During a press conference at DOJ headquarters on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder blamed the pending government shutdown on the "dys...

41 Citizen Groups Tell Congress: Stop This Job-Killing Crisis

Roger Hickey | Posted 11.28.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Forty-one organizations, representing millions of Americans, have signed this letter to Congress, asking them to stand against those who would "hold our economy hostage in order to dictate the terms of the debate."

The Top 5 Issues Congress Isn't Dealing With Because of the Budget

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

Without a normal compromise budget in place, legislation must be passed every few months to continue funding the government, a process which is redirecting Congressional energies almost exclusively to finances.