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Ongoing wildlife studies are one kind of federally funded research that’s sidelined during a shutdown. USFWS

Science gets shut down right along with the federal government

Setting aside personal hardships for workers who don't see a paycheck during the shutdown, the research enterprise itself loses out, too. And unlike back pay, this lost time can never be made up.
Federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

How a government shutdown affects the economy

The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. A finance professor who studied the 2013 shutdown explains the economic impact.
Presidents have traditionally given Oval Office addresses during only the gravest of crises. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Trump calls border a ‘crisis of the soul’: 3 scholars react to his Oval Office address

We asked experts on ethics, constitutional law and European political history to analyze Trump's Oval Office address. Here's what they heard in his speech about 'crisis' at the US-Mexico border.
Members of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., second from right, walk toward the Capitol building, Jan. 4, 2019. AP/Andrew Harnik

Would bringing back pork-barrel spending end government shutdowns?

Banned since 2011, pork-barrel spending may well help Congress pass bills on schedule. Now, a powerful Democratic lawmaker said she'd like to resurrect the practice to make passing budgets easier.
Will Congress avert another shutdown? AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

What’s the economic impact of a government shutdown?

With President Trump insisting on funding for his border wall and Democrats vehemently opposed, a partial government shutdown is possible. Here's what it could mean for the economy.
Welcoming the world for centuries (and causing trouble for almost as long). aherrero

American dream retains appeal despite tarnished reputation

The reputation of the American political system both at home and abroad has taken a battering of late. A recent poll showed the overall approval rating for Congress at just 11%, falling from what were…
Hurry up Washington, the world it waiting. NASA Earth Observatory

US politics and the health of a nation

The US debt crisis is over for now, but legislators have just kicked the can down the road. In this series on the US debt ceiling, academics from Australia, the UK and the US assess the lingering global…
Republican senator Ted Cruz has become the face of the Tea Party movement during the shutdown and debt ceiling crisis. But how has the Tea Party changed since its inception? EPA/Michael Reynolds

US debt crisis heralds the return of the Tea Party

The US debt crisis is over for now, but legislators have just kicked the can down the road. In this series on the US debt ceiling, academics from Australia, the UK and the US assess the lingering global…
NASA has built up a strong network of science enthusiasts who can step in when the agency shuts down. NASA HQ PHOTO

How Twitter fans kept NASA alive during the US shutdown

Now that the US government is back in business, all “non-essential” services will resume. For 15 days we went without NASA’s full operation, US Antarctic research and federally-funded clinical studies…
Tough crowd. Gonna get tougher. White House

Electoral deadlock means no end to Republican extremism

After 16 days of anxiety, grandstanding and acrimonious finger-pointing, the experiment in American democracy that was the government shutdown has been run, and for the Republicans, the results were devastating…
Did US president Barack Obama and his Democratic Party emerge as victors from the now-concluded government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis? EPA/Martin H. Simon

Where to from here? The post-shutdown state of US politics

The confrontation - and the ultimate resolution - over the debt ceiling and the government shutdown has, to date, been the defining moment of US president Barack Obama’s second term. It offers an important…

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