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For Josh Hicks's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Oct 21, 2013

How much did the shutdown cost? Billions

Shutdowns aren’t cheap. This year’s closure, which ended Thursday, has probably cost the government and the economy billions of dollars, according to economists and policy analysts. Below are some estimates of the financial effects of the 16-day closure, which forced hundreds of thousands of ...

U.S. gay couples still face challenges serving abroad

Sep 6, 2013

U.S. gay couples still face challenges serving abroad

Austin Watkins had reason to celebrate when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), marking a breakthrough in gay rights and making his husband eligible for federal benefits everywhere in the United States. But as a ...