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Budget Debate

Religious Themes In The Budget Debate

Brad Reid | Posted 06.20.2011 | Religion
Brad Reid

Our modern questions about the role of government and the allocation of social resources are truly ancient questions that are not resolved by sound bites on television.

How Obama Seized the Political High Ground in Budget War

Robert Creamer | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Washington conventional wisdom has convinced itself that Obama has been on the losing end of the budget debate. But with his speech yesterday, Obama seized the high political ground that will heavily define his second two years in office.

Budget Deal Vote Thursday, Boehner Tries To Keep GOP Together

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON - The House and Senate are ready to vote on legislation cutting almost $40 billion from the budget for t...

Obama's Deficits: Progressive Priorities, Conservative Context

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

Given the rumors floated by administration spokesmen, many progressives were pleased by Obama's speech. But it is worth understanding just how conservative this debate has become -- and how far the president has retreated.

Taxation WITH Representation Isn't Too Great These Days

Tom Gerdy | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics
Tom Gerdy

Twenty-five years before the Revolutionary War began, Reverend Jonathan Mayhew was credited for having coined the rallying cry, "No taxation without r...

Needed: Prophetic Voices For A Just Economy

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

I'm afraid we've learned nothing from the collapse of 2008 and the slow erosion of the middle class. Maybe tomorrow, I'll read up on the new budget agreement. But today, I want to weep and repent.

'Neither Party Can Solve The Budget Dilemma Alone'

nationaljournal.com | By Eliza Newlin Carney | Posted 06.09.2011 | Politics

The sweeping budget blueprint that House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., released this week marked the fifth time since 1980 that Republi...

The Spiritually Viral Hunger Fast

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.08.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

The hunger fast for a moral budget has gone spiritually viral. Ten days ago, we announced that the budget debate had become a moral crisis. We now have more than 30,000 participants and are still growing.

Sam Stein

Allen West Compares Dem Critics Of One-Week Funding Measure To Neville Chamberlain

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- No shortage of hyperbole has accompanied the ongoing budget debates threatening to end in a government shutdown this week. And the perpe...

John Boehner, Harry Reid Meeting With Obama At White House As Government Shutdown Looms

AP | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says another round of talks with congressional leaders has helped but there is no deal yet to avert a govern...

A Look At Effects Of Government Shutdown

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

A look at how key government sectors would be affected if the White House and congressional negotiators are unable to strike a budget deal by Friday: ...

Government Shutdown Threat Prompts Meeting At White House

AP/The Huffington Post | DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says late-night budget talks with the leaders of Congress have helped to narrow the issues, but there is no ...

Deal Needed To Avoid Spending Train Wreck, Government Shutdown

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Political ideologies and government spending realities are speeding trains headed toward a nasty crash in Washington this week barr...

2 Sets Of Facts In Budget Dispute

AP | By DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bullish President Barack Obama said Friday that compromise is close with Republicans on $33 billion in budget cuts, and he warned that...

Senate Republicans Seek To Mandate Balanced Budget

Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - All 47 Senate Republicans, seeking fiscal discipline in big-spending Washington, proposed on Thursday an amendment to the Constitution t...

10 Reasons Why I'm Fasting For A Better Budget

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.28.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

Every Christian, regardless of political affiliation, is called to take up the cause of the poor and the needy because that is God's heart, and we will be calling every legislator who says they are a Christian.

Time Short, Tempers Flare In Budget Showdown

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The specter of a partial government shutdown looms again as Congress returns to Washington with Democrats and Republicans as far apart o...

Pray, Fast, Act: Spiritual Escalation Tn Response To Political Extremism

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

I am joining Ambassador Tony Hall, David Beckmann of Bread for the World, ONE, American Jewish World Service, Meals on Wheels, Islamic Relief and a broad coalition to fast, pray and act.

Ryan Grim

NLRB: White House Muzzled Us In Budget Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When House Republicans targeted the budget of the National Labor Relations Board last month, the agency shot back, warning that such cut...

Budget Debate Proving To Be Kabuki Dance With Competing, Misleading Claims

AP | ERICA WERNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — It sounds like a pretty good starting point for negotiations: The White House and Capitol Hill Democrats say they're ready to meet ...

Can an Orange Bracelet Turn Hearts in Washington?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

2011-03-04-jw.jpgCutting programs that help the most vulnerable isn't going to get us out of financial trouble, or reduce the deficit in ways that we now need.

America Needs Our Federal Employees

Daniel C. Adcock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel C. Adcock

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Providence Mayor Urged To Avoid Firing All Teachers

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A union representing teachers in the state's financially troubled capital city says it has met with the mayor to discuss the ...

Are Republicans Trying to Hurt the Economy for Political Reasons?

Robert Creamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

A Goldman Sachs report warned that the spending cuts proposed by Republicans would slow the economy by 2 percent of GDP. Why would Republicans propose a policy that even Wall Street thinks would be suicidal for the economy?

This is Not Fiscal Conservatism. It's Just Politics.

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Let's be clear: When politicians attack the poor, it is not partisan to challenge them -- it is a Christian responsibility.