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Colorado governor to Congress: ‘You’ve got to have a certain level of empathy’

Colorado’s governor said the federal government shutdown was hurting his state’s efforts to clean up after record flooding last month. “It’s amazing,” said Gov. John Hinkelooper. “[If] you want to start appreciating all the things that the federal government does for those people who are most at risk, have a…

Jon Stewart to red states: ‘What do you hate more? Poverty or Obama?’

Tonight on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took a pitchfork to states that refused federal money to expand Medicaid programs. The federal government offered to pay for the programs until 2020, but 26 states declined the offer. “Twenty-six states?” an exasperated Stewart asked. “Twenty-six states? They must be a pretty…

Conan: Live ma*turbating bear webcam just as good as panda cam, right?

A minor, but beloved, part of the federal government was taken offline as part of the shutdown over the congressional budget impasse. The live panda cam, which offers a glimpse of bears living at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., went dark Tuesday morning after Congress failed to reach…

GOP lawmaker to Obama: ‘We did not elect a dictator’

A newly elected congressman said lawmakers had a moral obligation to stop the health care law at any cost. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has been credited as the architect of the plan to tie funding of the Affordable Care Act to the continuing resolution to fund the federal government, a…

Government shutdown: Fast-food chain to offer free burgers to furloughed federal workers

A fast-food chain in Washington is promising free hamburgers to federal workers who find themselves furloughed if the US government shuts down Tuesday, its founder and proprietor said Monday. “If people don’t go to work, they can come and get a burger” at four Z-Burger locations in the national capital…

The federal government is the largest low-wage employer in the country — and that needs to end

Americans are coming to face the hard reality that they live in a new Gilded Age, with inequality at levels not seen since before the Great Depression. Even worse: Uncle Sam is subsidizing this lopsided economy. The federal government is, indirectly…  …

Seven things you should know about the wackiest ‘fiscal crisis’ yet

Sometime in the next week, Congress will either get it together to pass a new budget resolution or the government will shut down (all but essential services). Two weeks after that, the federal government will reach its debt limit. If it is not raised…  …

Republican House sets up government shut down with budget that defunds Obamacare

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved an budget measure that would strip all funding from the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — or shut down the federal government. According to Talking Points Memo, the bill passed with a 230 to 189 vote along party…

America’s ‘official’ federal poverty measurement is pointless and unproductive

Census data released this week show that after yet another year of anemic “recovery,” the number of Americans living in poverty last year remained stubbornly unchanged. But what is “poverty” as measured by the federal government? Experts argue…  …

You Shouldn’t Have To Endure Bible-Thumping To Eat

With the dramatic increase as of late of people needing financial assistance for everything from health care to food to shelter, I’m beginning to see an uptick in conservative attempts to tie assistance to moralizing, conformist demands that you listen to and obey the edicts of right wing religious assholes.…

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