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Shutdown survival tips

Whatever the political purpose of the shutdown, it apparently didn't work. It amounted to a 16-day paid vacation for a lot of federal workers and lost income for lots of people, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So what did you do?

Tuesday - 10/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown nicks DC, slams small town America

Much of the shutdown news focused on its impact on Washington and shuttered national parks. But many smaller communities have taken a deeper, more permanent hit, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 10/21/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdowns, sex and traffic... Was it good for you?

During the shutdown, traffic in the Washington area remained awful, alcohol sales were up and lots of people jumped into online dating, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how was it where you live and work? Was it a financial nightmare or a surprise paid vacation?

Friday - 10/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Making sense of the shutdown

Did you ever wonder how you got sequestered? Why you are maybe on furlough ? The reasons behind the government shutdown have suddenly become clear, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It all makes sense ... up to a point.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

Retiree COLAs: Is bigger always better?

When it comes to cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, bigger is always better, right? Or is it? Either way, some changes may be coming in the way the government tracks inflation, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Whatever happened yesterday didn't

Whatever you did yesterday, good, bad or indifferent, it doesn't matter. Thanks to the shutdown mode of government and various agency interpretations on it, Columbus Day was a nonevent for a lot of people, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

America's first civil servant?

When Columbus "discovered" America (which was actually teeming with people) he was part government worker, part-contractor and his mission, at first, was a failure. So how come the holiday today?

Monday - 10/14/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown holiday pay: Simple as herding cats

For furloughed feds who have lost track of time, today is Friday. That's official. And Monday is Columbus Day, one of the the first government holidays to hit during a shutdown, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. So what happens to people who don't work, and what about those who must work? Do people get paid? And if so, how much and when?

Friday - 10/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown promises a very different Columbus Day

Monday is supposed to be a federal holiday, but how do you shut down the government when it's already shutdown? Do you open it briefly, then bar the doors? Suppose Columbus' trip to America had been run by modern day politicians. Things might be very different, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 01:59am EDT

Guiding your TSP through dangerous political fog

The average Thrift Savings Plan account balance is fast approaching $100,000. And that's great, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what should investors do during this time of stock market jitters over the shutdown and the debt ceiling limit?

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

Love you, hate you, go away, come back: Your marriage or your job?

Does the following set of statements best describe your marriage or your job: I love you. I hate you. Go away. Come back. If you work for Uncle Sam, the answer may be both, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown logic: Off with your head!

We don't know when the next government shutdown will begin. Or when this one will end. It could be two weeks, or not until another five or 10 years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. In the meantime, here are some survival tips from vets of the shutdown wars...

Monday - 10/07/2013, 02:00am EDT

The not-so-sweet smell of a shutdown

When life hands you lemons ... You know how the saying goes, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens when life hands you -- and about 800,000 of your co-workers -- something else. Say, one of the world's stinkiest fruits.

Friday - 10/04/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furlough Follies

While 800,000 furloughed federal workers are wondering how they are going to make ends meet, members of the House and Senate who allowed the shutdown to happen are living large and high on Capitol Hill, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 10/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

The Best Friend You Never Knew: Bill Bransford

I don't think I have ever, ever in my life referred to someone as being passionate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It just doesn't seem right. Or it's used too often. But almost everybody I talked to about Bill Bransford used the word: Passionate. And I would agree.

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 02:00am EDT

Congress: The Wizards of Oooze

If they ever make a movie or TV sitcom about Congress, they might consider calling it something like "The Wizards of Oooze". And nobody knows why better than feds on the brink of the cliff, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/01/2013, 02:00am EDT

Shutdown again or not?

If you've been in government for at least two years, this is not your first shutdown rodeo. If you have been around a long time, you've been to the brink a lot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But even if one (or even both) sides blink, this is going to happen again. Soon.

Monday - 09/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

Football vs. Congress: When in doubt, punt

In politics, as in football, sometimes the best move is to punt. And even if you are not a sports fan or political junkie consider what Congress and the Washington football team have in common: So far this season both are losers. The difference is the football team is bound to win one while Congress keeps failing to score and punting, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Health premiums up 3.7 percent -- or is that 4.4 percent?

Health insurance premiums on average are going up next year. While the increase isn't as high as many experts predicted it will still be a jolt to feds who have been on a pay raise diet for the past three years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Then there is the question of whether that "average" increase is 3.7 percent or more like 4.4 percent?

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

Graybeards rule Survivor Island

Why are government gray-beards, folks who have been around a long time, in such demand today? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Why are these once ignored fossils suddenly being sought out by their frightened, younger colleagues?

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 02:00am EDT
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