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Good Times for the Nuclear Weapons Budget

Benjamin Loehrke | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Benjamin Loehrke

As the rest of Washington is bracing for cuts, the funding spigot for nuclear weapons and delivery systems is about to get thrown wide open. What does this say about our security priorities?

Think You Can Balance The Budget? This Computer Game Lets You Try

AP | By JIM ABRAMS | Posted 09.13.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON -- Think you might do better than President Barack Obama and congressional leaders in picking and choosing what government spending to cut ...

State and Local Funding Flexibility Act: Shrewd Shuffling or a Shell Game?

Posted 09.13.2011 | Education

The controversial “State and Local Funding Flexibility Act” passed through the House Education and Workforce Committee Wednesday. The bill, par...

Historical Context Missing From Debt Ceiling Reporting

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Back in 1995 and 1996, a government shutdown actually happened -- twice. The debt ceiling was not raised, but the country did not default. President Clinton actively used his veto pen, as the Republicans sent him bills that they knew he would not sign.

Clean McConnell

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Are Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell considering attaching $1.5 trillion in binding spending cuts to the McConnell debt ceiling proposal to get the House Republicans on the deal? I say: don't go there. If we must have McConnell, it should be "clean McConnell."

How to Live on $0 a Day: My Expert Advice to Tim Geithner

Lesley Stern | Posted 09.12.2011 | Comedy
Lesley Stern

Tim, Tim, Tim. You've been throwing around a lot of scary words like "disaster" and "hardship" and you seem a little tense. Don't freak out. You're a babe in the woods when it comes to financial hardship, so let me guide you through this.

William Alden

Bernanke Urges Lawmakers Not To 'Just Cut, Cut, Cut' | William Alden | Posted 09.12.2011 | Business

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged American leaders not to cut spending too aggressively in the short term, warning that a sharp and quick re...

Representative Moran (and 25 Others): Conned by Concord Coalition

Eric Lotke | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Concord is an honest advocacy group and entitled to advocacy towards its ends. But our elected officials should not dress it up in government clothes and present it to constituents as a town hall forum.

Have A Good High School GPA And Prepared For College? Think Again

Posted 09.12.2011 | Education

Over a third of Alabama high school graduates have been found unfit for college. According to the latest numbers collected by the Alabama Commissio...

Jaweed Kaleem

UPDATE: Over 5,000 Religious Leaders Send Letter To Congress: Don't Cut Services To The Poor | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 09.20.2011 | Religion

Updated July 14, 2011 1:14 a.m. As the heated political standoff over raising the nation's debt ceiling continues, with proposals to cut Medicare a...

Why Mitch McConnell Will Win the Day

Robert Reich | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Mitch McConnell's debt ceiling compromise allows Republicans to vote against raising the debt limit without bearing the horrendous consequences of a government default. And now the GOP will try to paint 2012 as a referendum on Obama's "big government."

The Debt Ceiling: Simplify the Process; Solve the Problem

Rep. Diana DeGette | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Diana DeGette

Agree to raise the debt limit. Period. Disagreeable as it may be for some, this necessary step should not be held hostage by budget negotiations around spending and budget balancing.

How To Solve Our Growth And Jobs Deficit

Ken Blackwell | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

As President Barack Obama lectured us with foolish notions, it is clear that, as the debt ceiling issue reaches a stage of urgency, the positions staked out by Republicans and Democrats are on different planets.

The Opportunity Costs of the Debt Ceiling Debate

Jared Bernstein | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Instead of dealing with the fundamental challenge to the living standards of everyday people, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, spent the day yesterday figuring out a way to avoid having to vote to raise the debt ceiling.

No Time For Retreat On Homelessness

Michela Alioto-Pier | Posted 10.11.2011 | San Francisco
Michela Alioto-Pier

Five members of the Board of Supervisors want to revisit fights of the past by dismantling Care Not Cash, San Francisco's landmark policy that has delivered real results for thousands of formerly homeless San Franciscans.

Orrin Hatch's 12 Ways the Poor Can Balance the Budget (VIDEO)

Doug Molitor | Posted 09.11.2011 | Comedy
Doug Molitor

Sure, 400 U.S. families own more than the bottom 150 million Americans. But "enough" is a relative term. What you or I would consider a vast fortune, they would call barely getting by.

Don't Sacrifice Our Future

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

It comes down to this: Is it more important for millionaires to have all of their tax breaks preserved or for Gail to have her life saved by Medicaid?

Michael McAuliff

Anti-Census Bill Slashes Economic Monitoring | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If you think Congress doesn't understand the economy now, wait till you see what a key House panel wants to do to the people who help fi...

Retailers Plan To Use Extra Cash On New Technology: Survey

Posted 09.11.2011 | Business

CHICAGO - Retailers have cash on their balance sheets and nearly half of 100 top retail executives said they are planning to spend it on technolog...

At-Risk Teens Arrive in Washington to Ensure Congress Doesn't Cut Youth Programs

World Vision | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact
World Vision

As part of the fifth-annual Youth Empowerment Summit, the students will converge on Capitol Hill on Thursday to meet with their individual representatives, share personal stories, and advocate for their policy recommendations.

John Boehner's No Henry Clay, but I Blame the System

Jonathan_Miller | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics

As we stare into the oncoming tsunami of potential credit default for the first time in the nation's history -- and watch Democrats and Republicans so divided they are making a seemingly impossible impasse plausible -- we could use a Henry Clay.

The Missing Crisis

Bill Schneider | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Bill Schneider

Voters don't care nearly as much about straightening out the nation's finances and controlling the growth of government as they do about the nation's real crisis: jobs. But it's not at all clear that a debt-reduction deal would do much to stimulate job creation.

PREDICT: Can Politicians Avoid Default?

Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

Democrats and Republicans in Congress are negotiating frantically to cut a deal that would allow the U.S. Treasury to pay pay its creditors by August ...

Take Social Security Cuts Off the Table

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

If Democrats can't unite to defend hugely popular and successful programs like Social Security and Medicare -- and unequivocally reject Republican plans to dismantle them -- what do we stand for?

Does Wall Street Win?

Mike Lux | Posted 09.06.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Does the middle class win, or does Wall Street win? If Obama chooses Wall Street, gives into the banks on all these issues, and hurts senior citizens with Social Security cuts, he will break apart the Democratic coalition and doom his re-election chances.