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Obama's Shop-'til-You-Drop Nuclear Spending Spree

Tom Z. Collina | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Tom Z. Collina

The president's budget request for fiscal year 2017 includes large increases for new nuclear weapons, including new nuclear cruise missiles, new land-based ballistic missiles, and new nuclear-armed bombers and submarines.

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.

Social Security and President Obama's FY 2017 Budget

Nancy Altman | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics
Nancy Altman

The Obama budget could have reassured the American people that the monies they contribute to Social Security are properly handled, protected for their intended purpose of paying earned benefits and related administrative costs. Unfortunately, the just-released budget reinforces the opposite view.

President's Budget Boosts Funding to Fight Deep Poverty

LaDonna Pavetti | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics
LaDonna Pavetti

Recognizing the long-term consequences that children face when they live in deep poverty the President's budget includes new initiatives to help deeply poor families improve their circumstances and prevent other families from falling into such poverty.

Steps for Fixing Puerto Rico's Fiscal Problems

Nicholas Johnson | Posted 02.09.2016 | Politics
Nicholas Johnson

Although Puerto Rico's 3.5 million residents are Americans, they are not represented by voting members of Congress, helping to often make them afterthoughts in congressional debates. But the island's problems are neither small nor remote.

These 5 Tips Can Save You Money on Travel This Year

WHERE | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel

Ready to travel in 2016? So are we. And we're always looking for a good deal. To help us figure out some sharp tactics for saving money and extending...

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.

Conservative Group Rejects Paul Ryan's Call For Unity

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

Just a few hours after Speaker Paul Ryan came before a Heritage crowd to ask for unity, four prominent members of the House Freedom Caucus went on the...

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.

Paul Ryan Hosts Budget Meeting With House Freedom Caucus. It Didn't Go Well.

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the House Republican budget facing increasingly long odds, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) met with more than 25 members of the Freedom ...

Trim The Fat From Your Budget! 4 Ways to Painlessly Reduce Expenses

Pauline Paquin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Pauline Paquin

In order to kick start your finances for the new year, you should start with one small, easy financial goal. Just to get you on track and gain momentum and motivation.

What Effect Will the Next Energy Bill Have on Climate? Don't Ask Congress

Keith Gaby | Posted 02.02.2016 | Green
Keith Gaby

The choices we make now -- whether we move our economy towards clean energy or deepen our dependence on dirty fuels -- will have huge repercussions for our children and grandchildren. It's bad enough to contemplate our kids asking us why didn't try harder to solve climate change.

Conservatives Bash GOP Budget, Put Document In Doubt

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While a plurality of Republican Iowa caucus-goers were supporting someone not named Donald Trump Monday night, the House Freedom Caucus ...

It's Your Money. Where's Your Say?

Larry Schooler | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Larry Schooler

In our private lives, we have quite a bit of say over how we spend our money. Granted, an employer or client ultimately decides whether and what amount to pay us, but if we want to spend more on a house than on vacations, or more on our children's education than on dining out, that's our decision.

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 ...

Is It A Crime To Recline Your Airplane Seat?

Oneika Raymond | Posted 02.01.2016 | Travel
Oneika Raymond

Air travel sucks these days. It's expensive, service is increasingly poor, and the perks are few and far between. As such, few topics in travel elic...

Why MAP Matters

Susan Henking | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Susan Henking

In a room of college and university presidents recently, there was only one topic: what would the impact of Illinois' failed budget process be on high...

Warning: These 22 Unplanned Emergencies Could Bust Your Budget!

Pauline Paquin | Posted 02.03.2016 | Business
Pauline Paquin

Having an emergency fund is the best way to prevent budget busts, but are you prepared for everything? If you think you're above it, think again. These 22 personal finance experts should have their financial life together, yet read on as share their latest budget buster.

Conservative Republicans Discuss Potential Budget Showdown

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics

While House Democrats were busy in Baltimore listening to Vice President Joe Biden, House conservatives were holding their own retreat Thursday, meeti...

Setting S.M.A.R.T. Financial Goals for the Year

SALT | Posted 01.27.2016 | College

When you're taking control of your finances, one of the most helpful things to do is to create a goal -- so long as it's achievable. Otherwise, you might find yourself unsure of what steps to take or end up stuck in the middle of the process, treading water.

5 Simple Ways to a Better Budget | Posted 01.26.2016 | Black Voices

While it would be nice for you to simply know down to the penny where all of your money is going with no effort, you absolutely will not be able to without taking time to look at and keep track of your finances.

How to Make the Most of Your Workplace Retirement Plan

Jacob Gold | Posted 01.22.2016 | Business
Jacob Gold

Workplace retirement savings plans are one of the most effective tools workers can use to better prepare themselves for retirement. Taking the time to maximize your savings through your plan today can go a long way toward saving for the future. Consider taking the following steps to make the most out of your workplace plan.

7 Ways You're Throwing Money Away While Traveling

SmarterTravel | Posted 01.22.2016 | Travel

Seemingly tiny expenses can add up quickly when you're traveling. And often it's money that's better spent elsewhere. Here are seven expenses you can ...

7 Reasons Your Budgets Don't Work and What You Should Do Instead

Merideth Bisiker | Posted 01.22.2016 | Money
Merideth Bisiker

It's OK to admit defeat with your finances. And you are brave to ask for help. Do what's right for you, find a trusted support team, and start taking the little steps that move you forward. You deserve to have financial peace, and with a little diligence and a lot of push through, you can achieve it.

Republican Grail Of A Balanced Budget Just Slipped Further Away

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 01.20.2016 | Politics

Congressional Republicans face an uncomfortable reality when they begin drafting a budget blueprint this month: The deficit is rising, and Congress is...