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2012 Budget

Spending Report Suggests Better-Than-Expected Progress

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. federal government will report a budget deficit of about $975 billion for the first 10 months of the fiscal y...

Why Congress Should Increase the IRS Budget

Christopher Bergin | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Christopher Bergin

By slashing the IRS budget, Congress has achieved something truly noteworthy -- undermining its own ability to raise revenue and cut the federal deficit. Isn't that a bit like cutting off your nose to spite your face?

Amid Perpetual Gridlock, Some In Congress Turn To 'Legislative Scream'

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Even the top sponsor of a bill that would cut off lawmakers' pay if they can't – or won't – pass a budget blueprint adm...

The Mystery Behind Rising Oil Prices Solved

Michael Pento | Posted 05.02.2012 | Business
Michael Pento

If the global economy was indeed recovering why is the demand for gas at the pump falling? In reality, the global economy is very weak and the U.S. is very far removed from a sustainable recovery.

Enough With Politics.. I Want to Sing With the Funk Brothers!

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 04.29.2012 | Arts
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I want to talk about something that actually inspires me: The Funk Brothers. Don't know who they are? Yeah... too many people don't. Let's see what we can do to remedy that.

Bank Faces Multiple Probes Over Illegal Money Tied To Iran

Reuters | Posted 04.28.2012 | Business

By Carrick Mollenkamp Feb 27 (Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc said on Monday it will likely face criminal or civil charges from an expan...

The Innovation Generation

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 04.28.2012 | Technology
Sir Peter Westmacott

Just when governments are - admirably - looking to invest in high-speed broadband so that no-one is left behind by the digital revolution, here are these twenty-something CEOs saying it might be better to skip fibre optics altogether and go straight to mobile.

Obama Deals Huge Blow To Local AIDS Prevention Community

Robin Wilkey | Posted 01.04.2012 | San Francisco

In a crushing blow to the healthcare community, President Obama is expected to sign new legislation that prohibits federal funding on needle exchange ...

Andrea Stone

Intelligence 'Black Budget' Cost Taxpayers $54.6 Billion in 2011

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress appropriated a whopping $54.6 billion for classified intelligence operations in 2011, an increase over the previous two years. ...

Andrea Stone

House Bill Would Authorize Czar To Watch Islamist Extremists But Not Other Domestic Terrorists

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House bill set for markup on Wednesday would give protection against civil lawsuits to those who report suspicious activity, designate...

Shutdowns: A Crisis Here, a Crisis There...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.29.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

The latest staredown on Capitol Hill. Last-minute Senate negotiations avert another mess -- or do they? And why it pays to have Washington's Valium concession. It's all ahead right here on...The Shutdown Network!

Lynne Peeples

Aging Satellites Could Limit Future Severe Weather Warnings

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.28.2011 | Green

Detailed images taken by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites over the last several days enabled weather forecasters to p...

The Tea Party Has Peaked

Sheri and Allan Rivlin | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics
Sheri and Allan Rivlin

After peaking in the spring and summer, Tea Party influence will decline in the fall. And sure as the leaves will turn brown, it is about to get very frustrating to be a Tea Party Republican.

Lucia Graves

Republican Spending Measure Targets EPA, Conservation

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans outlined a fiscal 2012 spending bill on Wednesday that would sharply cut the Department of the Interior's conservation...

Anti-Tax Orthodoxy In GOP Leaves Little Room For Compromise

Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

The Republican Party once had a home for the thinking of Tom Coburn, Mike Crapo and Saxby Chambliss. But that party is long gone. The three U.S. se...

Dem Senators To Biden: Reject GOP Medicare Plan

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Five Democratic senators are calling on Vice President Joe Biden to keep the House Republican plan for Medicare out of out of budge...

Confused Thinking on Social Security

Jagadeesh Gokhale | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business
Jagadeesh Gokhale

Is Social Security a program that is independent of the federal budget ("off budget") or one that is intimately linked to the federal budget (the "unified budget" perspective)?

GOP Struggles To Find Unified Voice

Los Angeles Times | Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics

Six months after Republicans swept the midterm election by promising bold solutions to fiscal woes, they continue to struggle to find a unified voice ...

Can You Guess the World's Best and Worst Places to be a Mother?

Mary Beth Powers | Posted 05.03.2011 | Impact
Mary Beth Powers

Now is not the time to slash the measly 0.5% of the federal budget that goes to poverty-focused development and humanitarian assistance.

Michael McAuliff

Dems Target John Boehner With Mocking Medicare Ad (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

This story has been updated to include additional reporting. WASHINGTON -- After getting mocked by GOP operatives for launching an "offensive" on 2...

The Budget Battle: A Right to Health Care vs. the War "Corporation"

Miles J. Zaremski | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics
Miles J. Zaremski

An overwhelming amount has now been written in the pages of HuffPost about Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) proposed budget plan, so any additional words here ca...

Doing What We Can: Anti-Hunger Seders All Across America

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 06.14.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Gutow

All of us need to spend some moments considering what the world is like for over 50 million Americans in food insecure households and more than one billion hungry people worldwide.

Ryan's Road to Ruin

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Paul Ryan's core beliefs aren't everyone's core beliefs. Many Americans don't believe that the only measure of effective government is "How much spending can you cut?" or "How many programs can you cripple?"

Obama To Put Taxes On The Table

AP | By LAURIE KELLMAN | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Congress are shifting from short-term budget concerns to debates over the nation's long-term economic fu...

Elise Foley

Cantor: GOP Will Use Debt Ceiling Vote As ˜'Leverage Moment' To Demand Spending Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Elise Foley | Posted 06.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will demand major concessions before agreeing to raise the nation's debt ceiling, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (Va.) sa...