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Dear House Republicans: Stop the Hostage-Taking 

http://www.aflcio.org/Blog/Political-Action-Legislation/Dear-House-Republicans-Stop-the-Hostage-Taking 

Republicans in the House forced the government to shut down this week because they can’t win any of the crazy things they want in the American way, fair and square, writes AFL-CIO Policy Director Damon Silvers in a letter to activists.

This is serious. We all depend on the federal government and the people who work for us there to do critical things—from protecting our rights on the job to food safety inspections to medical research to air traffic control. If the House GOP continues to hold us hostage, they'll do real damage to us and to our country...