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Some Republicans Step Back From GOP Climate Change Wrecking Ball

Rhea Suh | Posted 03.28.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

Senate Republican leaders had been eyeing a raft of votes into the wee hours Friday as a chance to put a spike in the heart of President Obama's plan to confront the dangers of climate change.

Laura Barron-Lopez

Paul Ryan Opens The Door To Breakthrough On Budget Deal | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that he is open to another bipartisan deal to alleviate sequestration before it returns in Octo...

The GOP Budget: Every Tax Loophole Is Sacred

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

The wealthier you are and the more you care about yourself over your neighbor or your country, the more you'll like this Republican budget. It achieves balance entirely on the backs of middle-class families and our most vulnerable citizens, without asking billionaires or big corporations to pay -- forget a fair share -- one penny more toward our nation's prosperity.

7 Ways Real Brides Can Save Money On Their Wedding

Posted 03.27.2015 | Good News

The phrase “till death do us part” has many implications -- like committing yourself to someone forever, merging bank accounts with that person in...

Despite Anti-Fraud Rhetoric, Republican Budgets Omit Funding to Combat Fraud and Abuse

Bob Greenstein | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Many Republican lawmakers have been vocal in criticizing various programs for people who have disabilities or low-income families by charging that the programs are marked by fraud and abuse. This can make good political and campaign rhetoric. Now comes the question: Will they put their money where their mouths are?

5 Places That Use the Euro But Aren't in Europe

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 03.25.2015 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Think outside the box -- or the continent of Europe -- and get creative with your travel planning. Here are Euro-using places outside of the European continent where your buck will go farther than ever.

Put the Pollute-a-Rama to Bed

Rhea Suh | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

The U.S. Senate is expected to pull an all-nighter on Thursday, potentially voting on more than four dozen budget-related measures by dawn before blowing out of town for a two-week spring break. It's what Beltway types call a "Vote-a-rama."

Elise Foley

House GOP Faces Test On Budget Priorities | Elise Foley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are hoping they can bring deficit hawks and defense hawks together this week to support a budget -- and avoid an embar...

A Tale of Two Budgets

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Latino Voices
Ana Garcia-Ashley

Rep. Woodall was among the majority members in the House Budget Committee who released on Tuesday, "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America." But the better choice came Wednesday, as the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) released its budget proposal aptly titled, "The People's Budget: A Raise for America."

What the Hell Is NDD?

Scott Lilly | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Nothing better demonstrates the disconnect between the daily lives of ordinary people in this country and the policy debates now taking place in Washington than the term "NDD." While all but a tiny fraction of the population would look with a blank stare at anyone who used the term, it is at the core of what most of the fighting in Washington these days is all about.

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Cruz Faces An Uphill Primary Battle | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics

Ted Cruz faces an uphill battle given resistance from party elites and an exceptionally extreme ideology. Americans are opposed to changes to Medicare...

11 Clever Tips For Bagging a Hotel Bargain | Posted 03.20.2015 | Travel

Did you wait until the very last minute to book to try and score a discounted rate? We've all tried one way or another to reduce the cost of hotel accommodation -- it's such a big part of a holiday budget.

10 Conversations You Need To Have With Your Kids Between College Acceptance and College Drop-Off

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.20.2015 | Parents
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Get out of the nagging business. In college, it's up to the student to manage homework, to talk to the teacher and to keep their room. Let them know that you are available if they have questions, but that you will no longer be responsible.

Will Europe's Solar Eclipse Fritz Out Germany's Power Grid?

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.19.2015 | Green
Natalie Pace

While Europeans are preparing to solar gaze during the March 20, 2015 eclipse, the power pundits are heating up the debate on whether the solar eclipse will fritz out Germany's power grid.

Don't Throw Social Security Under the Bus!

Terry O'Neill | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The choice isn't between the wrong-headed austerity of sequestration and the failed austerity plan of Simpson-Bowles. Congress must choose to be on the side of women and their families, and against cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Michael McAuliff

Bernie Sanders Rails Against GOP Budget As Boost To Income Inequality | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.19.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new Republican budgets offered this week aren't so much spending blueprints as they are promises to ...

How the Super-Rich Are Attempting an Illinois Takeover -- and Trying to Shut Out Working Families

Roberta Lynch | Posted 03.18.2015 | Chicago
Roberta Lynch

While it may seem mysterious to many in the Illinois media, Gov. Rauner's obsession with weakening unions fits within the context of the corporate elite's nationwide crusade to eliminate organized labor from the American political landscape.

A Progressive Answer to the GOP's Regressive Budget

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

By strengthening the safety net and investing in 21st-century infrastructure, manufacturing, education, and environmental protection, the Congressional Progressive Caucus' "People's Budget" will create 8.4 million new jobs and give low- and moderate-income Americans a much-needed raise. And it's important to note that the CPC's budget achieves all this without breaking the bank.

Jonathan Cohn

House Republican Budget Could Double The Number Of Uninsured | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

Worried about the number of Americans who still don’t have health insurance? If House Republican leaders get their way, the number will be much bigg...

One Key Reason Why Oil Prices May Have Further to Fall

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 03.18.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

The failure of high cost North American producers to cut production in an oversupplied world oil market is setting the stage for another leg down in oil prices.

The 10 Airlines With The Best Economy Class Seats | Posted 03.18.2015 | Travel

To help you find the airlines that offer the best bang for your buck in terms of comfort, we've used the World Airline Awards for reference to build this list of the ten best economy class seats. Enjoy!

Crucial Workforce Problems Require Congress to Fund a Proven Solution

Henry A. J. Ramos | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Henry A. J. Ramos

We know what works. Congress knows what works. We can solve these crucial problems for our country. Funding will make the difference.

What Do the State of Illinois and a Boiling Frog Have in Common?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.17.2015 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

If you throw a frog into a pot of scalding liquid, it'll jump right out to save itself. But if you place the frog in the pot and then slowly turn up the heat, the frog will boil right along with the water; it won't know it's slowly dying. Former Illinois resident John Cole explains why that science experiment could be a metaphor for Illinois' political and financial situation

Pentagon Budget Outlook: Cloudy With a Chance of Slush

William Hartung | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

It's an open secret that the Pentagon has routinely been using the war budget -- known as the Overseas Contingency Operations account -- as a slush fund to pay for items that don't fit within the caps on its base budget. If a new report is accurate, the House Budget Committee will propose an increase of over $40 billion in the OCO account, bringing the total to an astounding $90 billion.

Obama's New $18.152 Trillion Debt

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Natalie Pace

We should have until September before the Debt Ceiling debate starts making headlines again. If there is a backdoor deal, there will be an uneasy calm, and relief, on Wall Street. If the debate heats up, then volatility is likely to roil the markets.