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Government shutdown: Monumental idiocy

"Punishing federal workers and taxpayers to prove a point is a temper tantrum worthy of a four-year old, not a policy choice of a responsible political party."

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Nation braces for government shutdown

At least 800,000 of the nation's 2.1 million federal workers will be required to stay home Tuesday if the government shuts down as a result of Republican grandstanding.

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Reckless Republicans push closer to a government shutdown

The chances of avoiding a goverment shutdown in five days are becoming slimmer and slimmer, and the union AFGE is in full mobilization mode against it.

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Right wing rebuked in Missouri

Right-wing Republicans in the Missouri legislature and their main financial supporter, libertarian billionaire Rex Sinquefield, suffered a stinging defeat.

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Indiana judge finds right-to-work unconstitutional

An Indiana judge ruled the state's "right-to-work" (for less) law is unconstitutional.

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Sequester sends San Jose, Calif., rents through roof

Some 17,000 tenants on the Federal Section 8 housing program in Santa Clara County recently received rent hikes of 10 percent or more. The area has very nearly the highest housing cost of any place in the country.

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Counseling center shutdown teaches important health care lessons

A right-wing governor has used an unreliable study and nonexistent federal requirements to replace local, community-based, nonprofit health care providers with out-of-state for-profit companies.

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The annual budget kabuki is not kabuki this year

For the past several years the winter months in Washington have been consumed in political showdowns over the federal budget.

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Documents expose new ALEC scheme to kill clean energy

"It is clear ALEC is working in secret to push state policies in an extreme right direction, but working families are standing up to this agenda."

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Latino voters' relevance in mid-term elections examined

"Where do these Latinos stand on immigration reform? How do they feel on the debate over it so far? We decided to explore their views."

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