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Let's Get Theological on Health Care and Warfare

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Anyone care to provide a theological foundation for the Republican policy preferences for the rich and for war? I would really like to see it.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While important I refuse to call this meeting a "summit," since Democratic and Republican politicians squabbling simply does not reach the heights of two nuclear powers tensely sitting down to talk about missiles.

Weekly Pulse: Obama Stalls for Time with Health Care Summit

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium Blogger President Barack Obama's February 25 health care summit, where he will appear on TV with Republican le...

Can Obama's Health Summit Succeed?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There are two yardsticks for success. The first is to actually get something done, and get something passed; the other, to position the Democrats politically for the midterms, whether a bill gets passed or not.

Why Geithner Can't Save the Treasury Bond

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

If the U.S. loses its top credit rating, it certainly won't be the first nation so embarrassed. Japan just lost its top rating and the U.K. is on the bubble.

State of the Union, State of the Budget

Max Fraad Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Max Fraad Wolff

Will we see economic stimulus for the 100 million worst-off Americans? Focus on fiscal discipline is often a prelude to the closing of the door to new programs for the worst-off among us.

Rep. Fattah's Mandate for Health Care Reform Was the 2008 Election, Not Massachusetts

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

The day following the Massachusetts special election, Fattah spoke with me about the necessity for Democrats to push forward with the mandate he believes Obama received a year ago.

Shahien Nasiripour

Barney Frank: Abolish Fannie and Freddie | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

House Democrat Barney Frank vowed on Friday to get rid of mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as part of an overhaul of the country's taxpayer-...

Invest In Child Care, Invest In The Future

Daniel Heimpel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Heimpel

Shortsighted budgeting has befallen most public entitlements, including foster care. This despite years of research that has consistently shown that investing in children is met with positive returns.

Health Care Debate Looms Large At Thanksgiving

Jerry Chautin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Chautin

Turkey, cranberry sauce, and a side of health care debate is dominating Thanksgiving tables this year. The debate gets more heated when some worry that their situation will be adversely affected.

What the CBO Isn't Telling Congress: Climate Change Threatens Million of Jobs

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

How many epidemics and Katrinas will it take to expose the myth that the U.S. economy is somehow exempt from the threats of climate change?

"Cadillac" Health Plans a Smooth Ride or a Bumpy Road?

Robin Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robin Baker

The Finance Committee's proposal would impose a tax on employer-sponsored insurance for plans with costs above $21,000 for a family. In Colorado, the average annual premium cost was $11,952 for a family.

Sam Stein

Senate Democrats Consider Nightmare Scenario On Health Care | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

There is, currently, a nightmare scenario afflicting Democrats on Capitol Hill with regards to health care reform. And it goes like this: Sometime ear...

House Health Care Bill Reportedly Would Sharply Reduce Benefits For Senior Citizens

The Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A plan to slash more than $500 billion from future Medicare spending -- one of the biggest sources of funding for President Obama's proposed overhaul ...

Ryan Grim

CBO Analysis: Both House Plans Would Cover At Least 35 Million Uninsured | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two competing House health care reform proposals would extend coverage to at least 35 million Americans within ten years, according to a Congressional...

CBO: Baucus Bill Reduces Deficit By $81 Billion, Costs $829 Billion Over A Decade

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Health care legislation drafted by a key Senate committee would expand coverage to 94 percent of all eligible Americans at a 10-yea...

In Search of Budget Sanity: A Dispatch From the Belly of the Beast

John Milewski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Milewski

At a session on the looming debt crisis comprised of Republicans, Democrats, and others, one of the key findings of the group is that the "process is broken."

National Debt To Increase By $9 Trillion Over Next Decade, $4.8 Trillion Just In Interest Alone

Nov. 19, 2009 | Jeanne Sahadi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK ( -- Here's a new way to think about the U.S. government's epic borrowing: More than half of the $9 trillion in debt that Uncle ...

Housing Market Buoyed By $300 BILLION In Government Aid: CBO

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office attempts to put a number on the amount of money the government has poured into the housing market. C...

Shopping for Health Care at the Thrift Store

Michael J. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael J. Wilson

Without the public option, the truth is that we have a bill that might cost the government less, but costs consumers more. The public option will create the competition needed to drive down prices of private insurance.

Ryan Grim

CBO: Three-Quarters Of Stimulus Unspent | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Only $100 billion of the $787 billion stimulus package passed nine months ago has actually been spent by the federal government so far, with another $...

Medical Malpractice Tort Reform - We Are Already Suffering and Don't Need More

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Tort "reform" is a doozy of a misnomer. There is certainly nothing positive or beneficial about it.

Who Should Pay for Health Insurance Reform?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

"Much has been given" to those Americans at the pinnacle of wealth. So it is only fair that "much will be required" when it comes to helping pay for health insurance for those who can't otherwise afford it.

Decision Day For Democrats: Poll Shows Path to Healthcare Reform

John Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Zogby

This is the fork in the road for the Senate's Democratic leaders: they must choose between the tort lawyers and a health care bill that could re-unite a country that has turned against the present bill.

What I've Learned About the Congressional Budget Office and Health Care

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

The most powerful people in the health care debate right now can be found on the 4th floor of the Ford House Office Building, a nondescript WPA government structure once used by the FBI to store fingerprint records.