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Government Shutdowns

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    Ted Cruz Diagnoses Washington's Problem (And It's Totally Not Him)

    Sen. Ted Cruz hit a new low -- or high, depending on your perspective -- when he tried to block the bill to increase the debt ceiling last week. Never one to miss an opportunity for more publicity, Cruz popped up on CNN on Wednesday night to discuss why (in the Gospel According to Cruz) he has becom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Billionaire Tom Steyer Supports Obama, Hates the Keystone

    Back in June, President Obama made a big environment speech at Georgetown. He tackled the Keystone XL Pipeline in said speech, proclaiming that he will only approve the pipeline if pipeline supporters can prove it won't accelerate climate change. Well, some might have seen that speech as the presid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    GWAR's Oderus Urungus: The Rocks Off Interview, Pt. 2

    REWIND: Oderus Urungus: The Rocks Off Interview, Pt. 1 Rocks Off: Speaking of history, the government shutdown just ended in Washington. Seems like that might have been a prime opportunity for GWAR to step in and sexually enslave the U.S. populace. What stopped you? Oderus Urungus: Only the fact ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2013

    Somebody Wants Ted Cruz Dead (And Not a Member of His Own Party)

    Sen. Ted Cruz has made a name for himself with all the government shutdown hijinks he's pulled in the past few weeks, but he's also ensured that there are a lot of people right now who don't much like guy, including at least one person who's been using Twitter to urge someone to get rid of Cruz. Wh ... More >>

  • News

    October 17, 2013

    Health on Hold

    Government shutdown gets personal for one Houston kid.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    The Keystone Pipeline, Another Victim of the Shutdown

    It looks like the federal government will be back up and running soon, but the damage may already be done where the Keystone XL Pipeline is concerned. That's good news, bad news or that which doesn't much matter if you're against the pipeline, for it or politely indifferent, respectively. The Keyst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Will Texas Foot the Bill to Open National Parks?

    As the government shutdown drags on, it's created plenty of frustrating situations -- people who can't get into medical programs, thousands of workers furloughed without pay, and of course, the shutting down of all national parks. Texas has some great national parks within our borders -- Big Bend, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    The Blame for the Current Government Crisis: Not the Answer You Expected

    American exceptionalism, for being an abstract idea, is a real aspect of American politics. Especially among those on the right -- see, e.g., Sarah Palin -- there is a belief that we are a blessed, unique nation (note the underlying theological tones). Part and parcel of American exceptionalism is a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2013

    Government Shutdown Gets Personal For One Houston Kid

    For most of us the government shutdown is a bad joke that seems like it will never end, but for 12-year-old Justin Clark and his family, the shutdown that has frozen the works of federal government is a lot closer to a very unfunny hostage situation. Two months ago Justin was diagnosed with Giant A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Shutdown Not Affecting Houston Food Safety, Yet

    Think of the government shutdown as you would a hurricane. Stock up on canned food, sit tight and wait it out. Evacuate if you must, but you're going to have to travel pretty far to get out of this mess. The government has been getting a lot of (much deserved) grief over the shutdown, and I was o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2013

    Federal Government Shutdown And College Sports: The Best Press Release Ever

    As we drink our morning coffee and watch President Obama talk about how avoidable the federal government shutdown is and hear Republicans counter with their arguments, it's important to note that there have actually been several government shutdowns over the last few decades. So while this is more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Five Ways the Government Shutdown Will Screw Up Your Life

    With the Affordable Care Act tied to the federal budget, and the Senate and House of Representatives about as cooperative as a herd of sugared-up, nap-free toddlers, it seemed inevitable that the government would shut down at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday...and it did. A government shutdown hasn't happene ... More >>

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