Government Shutdown

Operation Freedom Ain't Free: What Will the War Against ISIS Cost?

Operation Freedom Ain't Free: What Will the War Against ISIS Cost?
While we still haven't finished paying for the previous wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — remember that pesky budget deficit the GOP keeps threatening to shut down the government over? — America appears to be marching into action again without a plan to pay for it. The country spent $1.5 trillion on Iraq 2.0 alone. You don't need an e-book meme to wonder how that money could've been better spent.
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More Shutdown Fallout: Judge Rules Government Wrongfully Underpaid 1.3M 'Essential Employees'

More Shutdown Fallout: Judge Rules Government Wrongfully Underpaid 1.3M 'Essential Employees'
Court of Federal Claims Judge Patricia Elaine Campbell-Smith has determined that the U.S. government violated the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by not paying 1.3 million essential workers “on time” during last year’s government shutdown. Under the FLSA, workers are expected to receive minimum wages and overtime pay on their scheduled paydays.
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Senate Dems Back Plan to Give President the Authority to Raise Debt Ceiling

Senate Dems Back Plan to Give President the Authority to Raise Debt Ceiling
Democrats controlling the Senate proposed Tuesday to avoid future showdowns over the so-called debt ceiling by giving the president authority to authorize additional federal borrowing unless Congress can muster veto-proof margins to block him.
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Andrew Taylor
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Top Democrat Repeats Social Security Lies

Top Democrat Repeats Social Security Lies
Numerous times over the past few years, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has been President Obama's guy in the Senate — especially on progressive issues. However, over the weekend on Fox News Sunday, Durbin said "Social Security will be broke in 20 years," which sounds awfully GOP-ish.
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Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz Exploit Veterans at Tea Party Protest

Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz Exploit Veterans at Tea Party Protest
What was supposed to be an apolitical protest event for veterans was co-opted by Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and other Tea Party leaders so they could bash President Obama in DC. "The Million Vet March on the Memorials" was actually numbered in the hundreds and then drowned out in gallons of opportunistic crazy tea.
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Obama Admin: States Can Reopen National Parks So Long As They Foot the Bill

Obama Admin: States Can Reopen National Parks So Long As They Foot the Bill
Under pressure from governors, the Obama administration said Thursday it will allow some shuttered national parks to reopen — as long as states use their own money to pay for park operations.
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Matthew Daly
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Department Charged with Car Recalls and Safety Closed, Leaving Motorists in Danger

Department Charged with Car Recalls and Safety Closed, Leaving Motorists in Danger
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration fell victim to the government shutdown last week, leaving motorists lives in danger. The agency is responsible for overseeing car recalls and monitoring safety issues.
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Families Put On Hold as Furlough Prevents Death Benefit Payments for Firefighters, Police

Families Put On Hold as Furlough Prevents Death Benefit Payments for Firefighters, Police
The families of service members who have lost their lives in the line of duty are being made to wait indefinitely for survivor benefits. The government shutdown and furlough of workers has left the department that processes these benefits unstaffed.
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Shutdown Hangover: Craft Breweries Nursing Regulatory Headache While Washington Acts Drunk

Shutdown Hangover: Craft Breweries Nursing Regulatory Headache While Washington Acts Drunk
The federal government shutdown could leave America's craft brewers with a serious hangover. Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers.
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Carrie Antlfinger and Todd Richmond
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Deweaponizing the Debt Ceiling to Cut Social Security

Deweaponizing the Debt Ceiling to Cut Social Security
As the debt ceiling looms, the hostages keep mounting. Non-essential government and food stamps are just the beginning. Many worry that Social Security and Medicare — not just the Affordable Care Act — might be added to the list of demands. This is why the Obama Administration needs to de-weaponize the debt ceiling.
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