As of Wednesday evening, the U.S. government shutdown ended and almost nothing was accomplished. This sigh-worthy story and more, after the jump.
Happy Friday, everyone. Perhaps the biggest news story this week is that of the U.S. government shutdown, in which all but “essential” employees are not working (or being paid) until further notice. Hopefully this does not make life difficult for too many of you reading, and if it does, we send our utmost sympathies.
Greetings, Persephoneers! It’s Friday, and perhaps you’re looking for a reason to duck out early. Maybe you have a hot date. Maybe that date is with Netflix and ice cream because you cannot EVEN with this day. News Appetizers don’t judge.
We Need to be Concerned About This
On Rachel Maddow’s show the other night, she put up the statistic that more than 80% of Super PAC donations have come from 196 people. 196 people. Let that sink in for a minute.
Bossman recently resigned to take a position with the governor’s administration, which leaves the staff to wonder what’s next for us. I find myself pondering, as I did both when I finished college and left grad school, what can you do with a degree in political science?
A while back, Ailanthus-Altissima wrote about subfield assumptions in academia. It struck a nerve with me because I see a lot of this assumed (and actual) specialization in government and politics as well.
On Politics, Government, and Semantics
For the average person, politics and government are pretty much synonymous. At the very least, they belong in the same breath, “politics-and-government,” two concepts that always go together and occupy the same space in your mind. For folks like me, they’re two very different things.
On Marriage and the Role of Government
Yesterday, I came across this NYT blog piece about the change in support for and opposition to marriage equality over time. And last week, a new Sienna poll was released suggesting enormous support for marriage equality across all of New York state.
Happy Anniversary, Healthcare Reform!
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the historic passage of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act. Over the past 12 months, the world has not ended, rich people are still rich, and Obama has not turned white people into slaves — in other words, the Right was wrong. Healthcare reform, or HCR, has helped […]