Around noon today, it became increasingly clear that the manufactured crisis that was the government shutdown is going to end the way everyone knew it would, with the Republican position collapsing.
Sure, National Parks are closed and NASA shuttered, but for goats that love poison ivy and people who want to adopt wild horses and burros, this stupid shutdown really hurts.
Thanks to a few dozen ultraconservative Tea Party politicians, the entire federal government shut down at midnight last night. This doesn't seem like a great way to run a country, does it?
The most inefficient Congress in history will soon have to vote on Syria, solve two budget crises, avoid a government shutdown, and figure out a deal to renew farm subsidies and the food stamp program.
The 113th Congress is, by almost any objective standard, the worst Congress of all time. In seven months, it's passed only 22 laws—four of those were devoted to renaming stuff or awarding medals, one was about commemorating coins in honor of the...
The failure of the gun control bill isn’t an example of cowardice on the part of senators who didn’t vote for it, or some fatal flaw on behalf of its sponsors. It’s just another case of the Senate being cripplingly, pathetically gridlocked and unable...
Nearly everyone who has thought about it agrees that pennies are terrible and we should get rid of them. They cost more than they are worth to produce, they aren’t accepted as currency by machines that take other coins, and they clutter people’s...
If you listened carefully, the 2013 State of the Union address resembled a man walking into his girlfriend’s house, standing in front of her, and telling her everything that’s wrong with her and what she should do to fix it.
The main issue facing the United States isn’t that the bad guys are in control of the government, it’s that the government—in particular, Congress—can’t get anything done. Or won’t, same difference.
Why isn't Congress stopping your scumbag boss from asking for all your passwords?
Lately, everybody has been focusing on the assholes at the top of the ticket, but there are a slew of Republicans and Democrats up for re-election this Novemeber who personify what it means to be a human anal cavity.