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Remembering the Forgotten Face of Homelessness

Christine C. Quinn | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Christine C. Quinn

There's no denying that our nation faces a homelessness crisis. But media coverage about this crisis, and the policy ideas proposed to address it, often exclude a huge portion of the homeless population: women and their children.

Tax on Sugary Drinks Gets Public Support, Especially from Sanders Supporters

Steven Kull | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The idea of a tax on sugary drinks has gained new visibility in the election campaign as Hilary Clinton endorsed such a proposal being put forward for...

Top 10 Federal Tax Charts

Chuck Marr | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Chuck Marr

These ten charts -- previewed in our Countdown to Tax Day series -- provide context for some important tax policy issues. Our first chart reminds us ...

Here's Where Your Taxes Go

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business

The nation's tax bill comes due on Monday, when Americans rushing to file their federal income tax returns may find themselves wondering: What am I pa...

Political Violence: It's the Economy Stupid

Michael Farr | Posted 03.22.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Getting away from D.C. every so often helps with perspective. Life inside the Beltway can cloud one's views and lead to an inflated sense of axis mun...

It's Time for America to Get Defense Spending Right

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We need a less ideological, more serious assessment of the specifics of defense spending. We should not view the Department of Defense budget as sacrosanct. There are many areas where cuts should be seriously considered.

The Danger From Appropriations Riders

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 03.18.2016 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

This spring, the greatest threat to the American people on the legislative calendar likely will come from appropriations -- the process for funding our government -- and the danger may be greater than it has been in previous years.

What's So Bad About a Little Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

Ever since the global financial crisis central bankers across the globe have become increasingly fearful about the prospect of widespread deflation. ...

What's Going on in Retail?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.09.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

CNN.com recently published an article (Store closings are the hottest trend in retail) about the rash of retail store closings in recent months. As t...

The Return on Investment of Foreign Assistance

Hari Sastry | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Hari Sastry

As the worldwide landscape continues to evolve, we are truly a global community. What may appear to be a distant concern has the power to impact Americans right here on our home soil.

As Congress Stalls on the Budget, the People Weigh In

Steven Kull | Posted 03.03.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The latest budget news from Capitol Hill - that the Republicans on the House Budget Committee are postponing markup of the annual tax and spending framework until March - sure sounds like a tune we've all heard before.

Keep it in Perspective

Michael Farr | Posted 02.25.2016 | Business
Michael Farr

With the S&P 500 now down about 10% from its all-time high in May 2015, a certain level of fear has returned to the markets. Among the many concerns ...

New CBO Estimates Confirm: Social Security Benefits Are Modest

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Social Security benefits replace only about 40 percent of an average retiree's recent earnings, new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates show.

Here's What $19B Will Buy the U.S. Government in Cybersecurity Measures

Quora | Posted 02.13.2016 | Technology
Quora

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

President's Budget Would Bolster TANF

Liz Schott | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Liz Schott

President Obama included in his budget an important initiative to strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Obama Budget Modernizes Policies for Unemployed Workers

Chad Stone | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Chad Stone

Wage insurance would supplement, not replace, traditional UI, which provides bedrock financial support to help tide workers over a spell of unemployment. But UI needs strengthening and modernizing.

No to Obama's Nuclear Cruise Missile, Yes to Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
William Lambers

Do we really want to risk Cold War reruns? We should be advancing forward to an age of no nukes. We especially need nuclear cooperation with China if we want to influence their neighbor, North Korea, to abandon its arsenal.

Obama's 'Cadillac Tax' Changes Deserve Serious Look

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

The President's 2017 budget will recommend improvements in the "Cadillac tax" -- the excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans. While some suggest repealing the tax, reforming it to preserve most of its revenues and its ability to slow health care cost growth makes far more sense.

Don't Repeal Health-Related Taxes

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

With these taxes now postponed or suspended, policymakers could well start to treat them like other temporary tax provisions that they routinely extend -- effectively making the delays permanent.

Latest CBO Figures Give Incomplete Picture of Health Reform

Edwin Park | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Edwin Park

Some critics cite the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates of enrollment in health reform's marketplaces to argue that health reform is losing ...

A Letter to the Washington Space Establishment

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

My dear Washington space establishment, There's never a good time for such things, but we need to talk. You know I care a lot about you. You were s...

Congress Should Enact Obama's Medicaid Proposal

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Congress should quickly enact a proposal, which President Obama will include in his 2017 budget, to give all states three years of full federal funding when they expand Medicaid -- whether they've already expanded or will in the future.

Increased Funding for Medical Research Is a Terrific First Step

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Right in the midst of the holiday season, Congress passed a $1.8 trillion spending measure to fund all federal agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2016. Signed into law by President Obama on December 18, the bill was a promising step toward a continuing investment in the nation's long-term health.

Bad Government Decisions that Seemed Like Good Ideas at the Time

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

We can no longer afford repeated government decisions that spend trillions of taxpayer dollars on projects that originally may seem like a good idea but turn out very badly and even make things worse. Any private company with such a poor record would have long been penalized by the market into bankruptcy.

Congress Extends 'Ceasefire' On Medical Marijuana, but Can They Clear the Smoke?

Steph Sherer | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and other advocates have worked for years to lay the foundations that have made these changes possible. We're making real progress, but until we pass the CARERS Act, state laws and the people they are intended to protect remain in jeopardy