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Littwin: The shutdown was a political fiasco, but the real losers...

Let’s get the non-alternative facts out of the way first. The Democrats caved in a major way. They got nothing of significance in return...

Wiretap: How excited was Trump about tax cut win? So excited...

Donald Trump was so excited to finally get a legislative win he inadvertently let slip that Republicans had, in fact, been deceptive (read: lied)...

#Coleg Notebook: Powdered alcohol blues, concealed carry craziness, cont’d

Lawmakers not all pals when it comes to Palcohol It was the debate that launched 1,000 tweets. Should the House agree to a "ban" on powdered...

Wrong side of polls, wrong side of history

The polls are really bad for congressional Republicans in the wake of the shutdown crisis, but it's history -- the kind still being written -- that may be the party's biggest problem.

News Poem: ‘Deprivation’

Deep in the back seat of the dark car, his feet spread wide apart, the thing done that needed to be done made a deep slow breath taste sweet as whiskey. He nudged the little metal window lever forward, ermp. The window was already closed.

We hate the Tea Party. Vote Tea Party in 2016!

In case you’re tempted to feel optimistic in a haze of post-shutdown good feeling, let me offer a few words of, well, discouragement.

Wiretap: The shutdown is over, Magpul is still here

OK, one more day on the shutdown, and that's all. We promise. Do check out the David Denby review of "12 Years a Slave."

Colorado won’t get back $218K it spent to run Rocky Mountain...

Colorado laid out $362,700 to guarantee Rocky Mountain National Park would stay open for ten days after October 11. That was a donation not a loan, say government sources. The state is not getting that money back.

Eye on the Delegation: In the wake of the shutdown and...

How did members of the Colorado delegation respond in the wake of yesterday's vote to end the standoff? They all voted for the deal, except Fifth District Republican Doug Lamborn, a member of the so-called suicide caucus.

Wiretap: Sound and fury and billions of dollars

The shutdown/default drama is finally at an end. And it ended just the way everyone figured it would.