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Big News in Old Data: Sharp Public Cuts Are Undermining the Recovery Article
Public spending and investment are critical to our nation's economic growth. (AP/Nati Harnik)

Big News in Old Data: Sharp Public Cuts Are Undermining the Recovery

The big news in today’s GDP report is the public sector’s rapidly shrinking economic contribution, which is driving not only trend U.S. economic growth lower but also our potential for future growth.

Adam Hersh

Hating Government but Loving Its Programs Article
Tea Party Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a rally at the World War II Memorial in Washington, Sunday, October 13, 2013. (AP/Alex Brandon)

Hating Government but Loving Its Programs

The conservatives who engineered the government shutdown are complaining about the new lack of programs and services.

Sally Steenland

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on People of Color Article
Felicia Evans Long, a program analyst at the National Institutes of Health who is currently furloughed due to the partial federal government shutdown, stands outside her home in Rockville, Maryland, Thursday, October 3, 2013. (AP/Patrick Semansky)

The Impact of the Government Shutdown on People of Color

We examine federal civilian employees who are being furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and what that means for employees of color.

Farah Z. Ahmad

A Piecemeal Approach to Funding the Government Makes No Sense Article
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, October 8, 2013. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

A Piecemeal Approach to Funding the Government Makes No Sense

House Republicans' current approach to government funding—through small, targeted appropriations for a select group of government functions—is impractical and irresponsible.

Michael Linden

Then and Now: The Truth About Government Shutdowns Article
In a rare weekend session at the Capitol, the House of Representatives works into the night to pass a bill to fund the government, Saturday, September 28, 2013. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Then and Now: The Truth About Government Shutdowns

Measured in workdays lost, the current shutdown is already the third longest in history and involves a far larger share of the government than either of the two shutdowns that were of longer duration.

Scott Lilly

Shutdown Adds Insult to Injury for Crumbling National Parks and Monuments Article
Locks secure a gate at the Vicksburg National Military Park visitor center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. (AP/Rogelio V. Solis)

Shutdown Adds Insult to Injury for Crumbling National Parks and Monuments

Despite House Republican claims that funding national parks is noncontroversial, public lands have been plagued by drastic budget cuts, seasonal closures, proposed land sell-offs, and a freeze on new parks since the Tea Party takeover of the House.

Matt Lee-Ashley

Have They No Shame? Article
Rahab Kinity espera para obtener estampillas de asistencia alimentaria en el Catholic Parish Outreach Food Pantry de Raleigh, Carolina del Norte, 13 de septiembre del 2013. (AP/Gerry Broome)

Have They No Shame?

Republicans who slash essential programs for those in need are modern-day Pharaohs.

Sally Steenland

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