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Friday Talking Points -- Chasing The Scooby Van

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Strange but true, the "Scooby van" is now part of our political lexicon. Hillary Clinton herself is apparently to blame for this one, as this was the playful name she came up with for the van she used to get from New York to Iowa this week.

4 Ways the House Republican Budget Hurts Students

Equal Justice Works | Posted 04.16.2015 | Education
Equal Justice Works

These changes are projected to save the government $60 billion over 10 years. While this may sound like a lot, it is a mere two percent of the $3.02 trillion in tax revenue the federal government collected in fiscal year 2014 alone.

Jeffrey Young

Good Riddance To One Of Congress' Dumbest Rituals: The 'Doc Fix' | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It’s been called “dumb,” “bad policy” and “common-sense-defying." And that’s by the people in charge of it. It’s also ca...

Who Is Right About Budgeting Our Money: My Wife or I?

Steve Rhode | Posted 04.13.2015 | Money
Steve Rhode

Question: Yo Steve, My wife and I fight, or shall I say disagree, all the time about spending and a budget. She has one opinion and I have anot...

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Business Tools for the Budgeting Savvy Entrepreneur

Nancy Laws | Posted 04.07.2015 | Business
Nancy Laws

Starting a business is expensive business, even with low cost startups, when you really take the time to think about the tools you will need to be productive and to grow your brand, the actual cost of starting a business can be enough to scare you away.

How to Update Your Wardrobe for Spring Without Spending a Dime

Uloop | Posted 04.06.2015 | College

Spring has finally sprung once again ... thank goodness. Time to say goodbye to the days of multi-layering sweaters or sweater and boots over jeans.

Spring Clean Your Money House

Natalie Pace | Posted 04.06.2015 | Money
Natalie Pace

As part of the spring cleaning of your money house, let your mantra be, "I'm going to stop making everybody else rich, and start living a rich and sustainable life here and now!" Below are 10 ways to put more dough in your wallet.

8 Things You're Paying Too Much For

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Sara Schwartz | Posted 04.06.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM You fork out money for these items every day without even thinking. Pay less with these smart shopping strategies. ...

10 Dorm Room Date Ideas That Require Minimal Planning

Uloop | Posted 04.03.2015 | College

Going on dates doesn't always have to be so elaborate or well planned out. Instead, plan your date out of the comfort of your dorm room. This way, the two of you get to stay in and relax, with minimal planning ahead of time.

3 Reasons Why Marketing Technologists Are Your Next Hire

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 04.03.2015 | Small Business
Sajeel Qureshi

Marketing is becoming more tech-savvy than the IT department. According to CIO Magazine CMOs are going to spend more than CIOs on technology, software and services.

How I Got Over My Fear of Finances (and You Can Too)

GoGirl Finance | Posted 04.03.2015 | Money
GoGirl Finance

One night I grabbed a glass of wine, put on music and set out all my bills on my dining room table so I could write out my monthly expenses in a notebook. I always knew the rough amount of my expenses but had never compiled them together all in one place before.

Locking Up Traumatized Girls Is No Way to Help Them

Francine Sherman | Posted 04.02.2015 | Impact
Francine Sherman

Every day our juvenile justice system locks up girls who are victims of sexual violence, and physical and emotional abuse. In fact, we often incarcerate victimized girls in a misguided effort to provide them with services and to "protect" them.

When Is the Cheapest Time to Fly Internationally? | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel

Whether you're heading to the romantic cobblestone towns of Europe, the bustling cityscapes of Asia, the wild backcountry of Africa or somewhere else entirely, this breakdown of the most important points to remember when booking international flights from the United States is a must read.

Surviving Europe's Most Infamous Budget Airline: Ryanair

College Tourist | Posted 03.31.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

There are a few things you should know, before booking that seemingly "too good to be true" 20 euro round-trip ticket, that are guaranteed to make your Ryanair experience significantly more enjoyable (or tolerable, depending on the situation).

Some Republicans Step Back From GOP Climate Change Wrecking Ball

Rhea Suh | Posted 03.30.2015 | 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.