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Andrew Heaton is a former congressional staffer, now working as a writer and standup comedian in New York City. He is the author of From the Monkey Cage: Fixing Politics With Wit & Cartoons. More of his wit and insight can be found at his website,

Andrew Heaton's Articles

In Praise of Piecemeal Budgeting

The shutdown doesn't mean the Capitol is now on Airbnb or that your congressman is filling out applications down at the mall. But it might yield up a way to actually get budgets passed and bring federal spending under closer scrutiny. 

- October 03, 2013

Matt Damon vs. The Space Republicans

Elysium's cyborgs and floating space colonies are plenty of fun. They're also a lot more realistic than the straw men peopling the film or the economic theory underlying its plot.

- September 23, 2013

Turns Out I’m Not Crazy

The government finally admitted that Area 51 exists, but said nothing about little green men. But that conspiracy theory, like the one about the faked moon landing, was always unlikely, given the government's track record when it comes to confidence. 

- September 09, 2013

Rent My Flat (Black Market Edition)

A New York law punishes Airbnb users for finding their own ways around one of the city's biggest problems. 

- August 13, 2013

Guitars, Eccentric Billionaires, and Space Travel

Space travel, once the domain of Russian dogs and astronaut golfers, is being taken over by private enterprise and entertainment moguls. And it's fabulous news. 

- May 22, 2013

Applause for Washington’s Charter Schools

For all the scorn it (deservedly) gets, Washington, D.C., has a long track record of charter-school success.

- May 15, 2013

Your Student Loan Shall Not Be Forgiven

Student loan debt is a serious problem. Loan forgiveness, though, isn't an answer—it just spreads the burden onto other taxpayers.

- May 03, 2013

Professionally Clever (I Don’t Want Your Waiter’s Money)

Every artist would prefer to pursue art for a living instead of, say, waiting tables. But that's hard to do. It still doesn't justify forcing everyone—including the other waiters—to cough up money they would not have spent on your work otherwise. 

- April 09, 2013

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