No one will be turned away at the emergency room because of the shutdown. But it will take the government longer to respond to public health crises.
The 2013 shutdown offers some clues as to what the impact will be now after Republicans and Democrats failed to agree to a short-term spending deal.
The 12 months since Donald Trump unexpectedly took office have proffered constant shocks to the system in which the occupants of the White House remind us they are not playing by the rules.
Funding for a children's health insurance program ran out at the end of last September. Despite the program's clear benefits, plans to renew it have been caught in partisan bickering.
America finds itself in uncharted territory under Donald Trump – not least when it comes to climate change and Israel policy.
We asked four of our regular economics writers to examine a key theme they expect to flare up in 2018 and why.
Historically, wishful thinking has blunted pushback.
Giving could decline by $21 billion or more per year.
The American middle class has been on a rocky ride during the 20th century, surging after World War II but falling since the 1980s. The Republican tax plan may be its death knell.
Republicans were able to push through a tax plan and a flurry of judicial nominees after the Senate curtailed use of the filibuster. It's time to go all the way.
As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don't stand up to scrutiny.
The proposed PROSPER Act would change the way student financial aid is doled out and how student loans are paid back.
If you own property and make less than US$200,000, the Republican tax overhaul is likely going to eliminate a tax deduction you use.
More than US$20 billion per year in giving is potentially at stake.
If Americans become less healthy and have less access to health care, then everyone loses.
If Republicans don’t cut taxes on the wealthy when they have control of both houses of Congress and the presidency, what do they live for?
Far from dispelling the notion among Americans that the system is 'rigged' against them, Republican tax plans are more likely to make matters worse.
A provision in the House's pending tax bill would let religious and secular nonprofits engage in political speech without facing a penalty.
Two hurricanes in Puerto Rico's past fundamentally transformed the island's economy and politics. Maria will be the third, says a historian.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has shown us a great deal in his short time on the political stage. For that, we should be grateful. Here are the lessons taught by Prof. Trump.