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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

How The Republican Health Care Bill Kills

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 05.16.2017 | Politics
Constance Scharff, Phd

The GOP’s devastating “health care” bill that passed the House will have one certain outcome; if signed into law, it will kill Americans. Among ...

What Happened to Our Economy?

Harlan Green | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Harlan Green

The major debate during this campaign season seems to be over the economy. Who has it benefited and who was left behind? Sanders says we aren't spending enough to create more jobs, and Trump wants to build walls to keep any more jobs from leaving the U.S.

John Cornyn Marks Five-Year Anniversary Of Obama's Stimulus With Harsh Words

Washington Times | Tom Howell Jr. | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics

Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn on Monday marked the five-year anniversary of President Obama's economic stimulus, but it was hardly a laudatory toas...

The Truth About the President and the Deficit

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Arguably the biggest lie coming from the Republicans and the Romney campaign is that President Obama is a tax and spend liberal who's directly and personally responsible for record deficits and a crushing national debt.

Coked Up Stimulus Monkeys

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 04.10.2012 | Home
Glenn C. Altschuler

Richly detailed, judicious, thorough and timely, Money Well Spent? is a primer on how to evaluate this policy -- and all public policies -- in a highly partisan, polarized, paralyzed political climate.

How President Obama Has Changed His Tack

New Yorker | John Cassidy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

A few hours before President Obama presented his new job-creation plan to Congress last week, Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, made ...

Rebuilding the Dream of Homeownership for People of Color

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business
Algernon Austin

A healthy economy and smart financial regulations are necessary for rebuilding the dream of homeownership for African American and Latinos. We know what steps are needed to get there. The question is: will our political leaders take them?

The Overzealous 10 Percent and the Ask Upon Congress

Janet Dillione | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Janet Dillione

Last month, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) asked Congress to require prior authorization for doctors who order many diagnostic imag...

Putting the Power of Science Into the Electric Car

Eric D. Isaacs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Eric D. Isaacs

The rollout of a practical electric car represents a milestone in American auto technology that underscores the need for continuing, significant investment in basic research at laboratories nationwide.

Pelosi Passes the Baton to Boehner

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

As tempting and intoxicating stories of Republican Restoration and Democratic Triangulation may be, it is far more important to figure out how we can use TARP banks to reinvest in our real economy.

Clean Water, at Any Rate

Robin Madel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robin Madel

There are a number of proposed and existing options to help meet some of the funding needs for public drinking water and wastewater utilities, none of which involve raising rates to households or businesses.

Recovery Act in Action: Tracking the Ripples

Jared Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Thanks to the Recovery Act, there are hundreds of thousands of teachers in classrooms, police on the beat, construction workers fixing our infrastructure, engineers building the the smart grid, and much more.

Is the Recovery Really Working? (VIDEO)

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

President Obama says the stimulus saved or created 2 million jobs in 2009. Yet the American dream of good jobs and strong communities is still just a dream for too many.

A Truly World-Wide Web: What If Totalitarian Regimes Couldn't Censor the Net?

David Colarusso | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
David Colarusso

If there was a global I.S.P. in the sky, it would be difficult to restrict internet access. So why not do it? A free internet is a means by which citizens can share their stories with the world.

Most States Have Yet to Claim Emergency TANF Funds

Michael Laracy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Laracy

The TANF Emergency Fund is potentially an important resource for states, which get four federal dollars from the fund for each dollar they put up.

Stimulus Funds Rejection By Local Officials Causing Controversy

MSNBC | Mike Stuckey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was supposed to create jobs by the millions, but Debra Morgan of North Platte, Neb., says it got her fired....

Why Retrofitting Should be Sexy

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Signer

You've doubtless seen ads recently offering you a $1,500 "stimulus federal tax credit" for 30 percent of the cost of putting in new windows. How the s...

4 Years After Katrina: Lessons from the Gulf Coast

Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

In the quest to rebuild, New Orleans has become a leader in energy saving and clean energy, from solar-powered streetlights and hybrid city buses, to building energy-efficient homes for residents who were made homeless.

Stimulus Leaves Bus Riders Stranded at the Station

Aaron Glantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Aaron Glantz

Cash For Clunkers may have helped Americans who owned SUVs, but those of us who can't afford a car or who have been doing our part for the environment by not driving get almost nothing.

What We Do Know About the Recovery

Mike Pickett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Mike Pickett

While Recovery.Gov shows where federal funds have been spent, it is not yet tracking the state and local level contracts, where much of the job creation will take place.

Help Us Do Stimulus Spot Checks

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

We at ProPublica have designed a public reporting assignment to gauge the stimulus' progress to date. It is an ambitious -- but doable -- undertaking.

Why Science Deserves Its Stimulus Money

Todd Palmer and Rob Pringle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Todd Palmer and Rob Pringle

In the car the other day, we caught a bit of Marketplace on NPR. We like Marketplace -- it puts economic news in social and political context, making ...

Federal ARRA Funds Keep Kids Learning and Adults Working During Summer

Ron Fairchild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Fairchild

The bottom line is that middle-class kids often have the opportunity to take part in meaningful summer activities that promote learning; poor kids usually do not. Not Keeping Up with Stimulus Spending

Mike Pickett | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics
Mike Pickett

Not only is Recovery Act funding unclear to the taxpaying American public, it isn't even transparent to those in Washington who are doling out this massive amount of spending.

In Order to Form a More Perfect Union: Recovery Act Transparency

Mike Pickett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Pickett

This is an historic but precarious era for our nation, and in these troubled times we have an opportunity to set a new standard for citizen-to-government and business-to-government engagement.