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Budget Crisis Averted but at a Steep Cost

Budget Crisis Averted but at a Steep Cost

by Imara Jones on October 17 2013, 7:53AM

The shutdown is over and the debt ceiling is raised temporarily. A look at the high cost of the political drama and what race had to do with it.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Confederate Flag Featured at White House Rally

Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and Confederate Flag Featured at White House Rally

by Brentin Mock on October 14 2013, 10:53AM

A small faction of hard-line rightwingers want Obama to put a Muslim holy book down and evacuate D.C.

Topics: Voting Rights, /NOW, Obamacare, Shutdown

U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

U.S. Housing Dept. Takes Hardest Shutdown Hit of All

by Brentin Mock on October 11 2013, 1:39PM

HUD is working without 96 percent of its staff, the deepest cuts of any Cabinet department.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Shutdown Update: In North Carolina, 50,000 Go Without WIC

Shutdown Update: In North Carolina, 50,000 Go Without WIC

by Imara Jones on October 9 2013, 2:30PM

Despite reports that WIC nationwide would be safe through October, North Carolina reels from shutdown

Topics: /NOW, Shutdown

Shutdown Week Two: Defense Dept. Puts 350,000 Back to Work

Shutdown Week Two: Defense Dept. Puts 350,000 Back to Work

by Imara Jones on October 7 2013, 11:27AM

The DoD brought back almost all of its workers on the same day that the United States mounted military operations in Somalia and Libya.

Topics: /NOW, Shutdown

No One's On the Job for the Jobs Report

No One’s On the Job for the Jobs Report

by Imara Jones on October 3 2013, 4:00PM

The inability to communicate the health of our economy is the latest example of the real world impact of the government shutdown.

Topics: /NOW, Shutdown

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

Labor Department Operating at Just 20 Percent During Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 3 2013, 1:56PM

Of the 16,304 people who would normally be working right now at Labor, only 2,954 are currently in effect

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

EPA Loses Over 90 Percent of Staff, But Committed to Communities

by Brentin Mock on October 2 2013, 12:03PM

EPA has lost over 90 percent of its faculty.

Topics: Voting Rights, Economy, Environment, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Shutdown Day 1: Costs Already High

Shutdown Day 1: Costs Already High

by Imara Jones on October 1 2013, 5:33PM

The DC region alone is expected to lose $200 million a day

Topics: Economy, /NOW, Shutdown

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

Did Obamacare Crash Your Internet?

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:40PM

If you tried to shop online today during the rollout of Obamacare’s website, you may have had problems. Here’s why.

Topics: Economy, Health, /NOW, Obamacare, Politics, Shutdown

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

Civil Rights Division Hit Hard in Justice Dept. Shutdown

by Brentin Mock on October 1 2013, 2:10PM

Attorney General Eric Holder has a full plate, but will lose much of his capacity to carry out the work due to Congress’ dysfunction.

Topics: Criminal Justice, National Security, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

Why Race Matters in the Government Shutdown

Why Race Matters in the Government Shutdown

by Imara Jones on October 1 2013, 7:00AM

Well, for starters, people of color make up 35 percent of the federal workforce.

Topics: Economic Justice, Shutdown

Government Shutdown: Here We Go, Again

Government Shutdown: Here We Go, Again

by Brentin Mock on September 27 2013, 7:00AM

What’s open and what’s closed when the feds must shut their doors.

Topics: Politics, Shutdown

The Tea Party's Vision, Realized

The Tea Party’s Vision, Realized

by Imara Jones on September 24 2013, 8:57AM

As we stare over the brink of a catastrophic government shutdown, the nation has arrived right where the tea party wing of the GOP meant to lead us.

Topics: Economic Justice, Shutdown

Bread, Bombs and a 9-Day Clock

Bread, Bombs and a 9-Day Clock

by Imara Jones on September 4 2013, 8:50AM

The president’s call for a congressional vote on Syria couldn’t come at a worst time for economic justice.

Topics: Economic Justice, National Security, Shutdown

Farm Bill Passes House Without a Dollar for SNAP Food Assistance

Farm Bill Passes House Without a Dollar for SNAP Food Assistance

by Brentin Mock on July 12 2013, 1:46PM

African American Rep. Corrine Brown teared up as she scolded Republican lawmakers for extracting food stamps from the farm bill, telling them “This is not a game.”

Topics: Food Stamps, /NOW, Politics, Shutdown

How Bad 3rd Grade Math Legitimizes Injustice

How Bad 3rd Grade Math Legitimizes Injustice

by Imara Jones on June 6 2013, 8:54AM

Two months into sequestration, it’s proving a disaster. And the study that justified it still doesn’t add up.

Topics: Economic Justice, Shutdown

'Obamaphones': A Case Study in How Race Perverts the Spending Debate

‘Obamaphones’: A Case Study in How Race Perverts the Spending Debate

by Jamilah King on April 8 2013, 7:20AM

Tea party Republicans have used race to demonize a longstanding government phone subsidy for people living in poverty.

Topics: Media, Politics, Shutdown

Obama Needs 'Courage of His Convictions' on Economic Justice, Too

Obama Needs ‘Courage of His Convictions’ on Economic Justice, Too

by Imara Jones on March 28 2013, 6:00AM

The president officially acquiesced to the GOP’s economic hostage taking this week, again.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

Sequestration and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to End Equity

Sequestration and the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to End Equity

by Imara Jones on March 1 2013, 8:46AM

A cruel chaos will unfold as billions of dollars in federal spending are chopped, starting today. But that chaos was always the real goal.

Topics: Economy, Shutdown

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