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Head Start Shutdown - Ned Resnikoff - 10/01/2013

Head Start preschoolers sent home thanks to shutdown

10/01/13 03:00PM

UPDATED For 770 preschool-aged children in eastern Alabama, school is out indefinitely. Thanks to the government shutdown which began Tuesday morning, Cheaha Regional Head Start (CRHS) has had to close all 16 of its locations, furlough its 240 employees without pay, and tell parents to keep all of the program's students at home. "There's nothing that we can do, and there's no way to head it off," said CRHS director Dora Jones. "It all depends on them passing this budget." read more

#click3 Breaking Bad does not have to end

09/30/13 08:28PM

1. McDonald's has a new product and it looks like ehm ... 2. American stars have Russian doppelgangers. 3. Lots of creative ways to commemorate the end of Breaking Bad: (a) Breaking Bad characters as wholesome comics we all love. (b) Ann Coulter and Rosie O'Donnell show their love (c) Breaking Bad doesn't have to end. It can be reborn. read more

Federal Workers Budget Shutdown - Ned Resnikoff - 09/30/2013

Federal workers prepare to lose their paychecks

09/30/13 04:59PM

In the event of a government shutdown, the first thing Elizabeth Ashack will do is apply for unemployment benefits. "I'm the breadwinner because my spouse is in college," she told MSNBC on Monday, just hours before the deadline to avert a government shutdown. "We don't have a lot of extra money to play around with." read more


Taxpayers pick up bill if government shuts down

09/30/13 07:15AM

The old adage—turn off the lights to save some money—just doesn’t work when it comes to the government. In fact, shuttering government offices has actually cost taxpayers money—an estimated $2 billion in today’s dollars the last time it happened in 1995 and 1996, when the government closed for 27 days. And this time would be no different, budget experts say. Even if workers aren’t given backpay, as they were in the nineties, the government will still lose out on important sources of revenue, like inspection fines and visa and licensing fees. Plus, there are back costs to re-opening. read more