Government Shutdown

"In order to simply reopen the government, the Republicans wanted sequester-level funding. Then they wanted to end Obamacare. Now they want to make major cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid." -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
These articles address the Republican led government shutdown.

Did Federal Shutdown Boost Immigration Reform?

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Randy Shaw: Will Tea Party Republicans let Boehner hold a vote on Obama’s top priority issue — immigration reform — or will their increased post-shutdown animosity toward the President prevent such action?

Is the Crisis Really Over?

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Steve Hochstadt: Despite the billions in damage to our economy that the shutdown caused and the unanimous warnings from economists across the world that a government default would create much worse damage, Republican politicians did not budge.

Government Shutdown Ends

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Sharon Kyle: The government shutdown of 2013 is over. After more than two weeks the Senate voted 81 to 18 and the House voted 285-144 to reopen the federal government.

What to Expect During the Cease-Fire

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Robert Reich: Our real economic problem continues to be a dearth of good jobs along with widening inequality. Cutting the budget deficit may make both worse, by reducing total demand for goods and services and eliminating programs that lower-income Americans depend on.

Republicans Not Budging

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Robert Reich: At a closed-door meeting this morning after deciding they’ll stick to their plan to alter the Affordable Care Act and risk a government default.

Shuffling Federal Paperwork

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Walter Brasch: Deep in an obscure federal building is Wilson P. Throckmorton, the first secretary of the Department of Administration. With him are his two key assistants, career administrators Samuel J. Stonewall and Waldo P. Rockbottom.

Who Knows How Many Jobless People Last Month?

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Carl Bloice: Millions of our friends, relatives and neighbors are living precarious lives of want and insecurity due to unemployment or underemployment. We are still faced with a jobs crisis, even if few in Washington seem to want to own up to it.

Apocalyptic Christian Theology’s Role in Government Shutdown

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Anthea Butler: the Republican Party is a new religious movement: A religion that relies on a Jesus that says affordable health care is wrong, being poor is your own fault, and that anyone who says otherwise doesn’t believe in Freedom, the founders, or the American People.

The 5 Things Congress Should Be Working On

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David Love: With only a week left until a potentially apocalyptic default on the federal debt, which could wreck the world economy, the approval rating of the Tea-Party-led Congress is at an abysmal all-time low, hovering somewhere between 5 percent and 11 percent, depending on who you ask. Apparently, and not surprisingly, hostage taking does not count as productive work by the American people.

Is GOP Al-Qaida’s Best Friend?

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Jerry Drucker: The Tea Party’s reckless government shutdown game is causing their al-Qaida brethren terrorists to jump with joy, rubbing their hands together in anticipation of the huge damage the GOP is inflicting.

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