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Debt Deal

Recipe for a Double-Dip Recession

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

With the economy just barely on a path to durable recovery, some very dumb fiscal chickens are coming home to roost on January 1 of next year. This grim coincidence is known as the Triple Witching Hour.

Who Killed The Debt Deal?

The New York Times | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics

Almost immediately after the so-called grand bargain between President Obama and the Republican speaker of the house, John Boehner, unraveled last Jul...

Why The 'Grand Bargain' Debt Deal Failed | Posted 03.18.2012 | Politics

President Obama had just arrived home, walking across Lafayette Square after attending Sunday services with his family at St. John’s Church. In the ...

Jennifer Bendery

Joe Biden: Eric Cantor Told Me, 'I'll Lose My Position' If I Cut A Debt Deal With You | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden trashed congressional Republican leaders on Monday night for their failure to deliver on a debt deal last summe...

Joy Resmovits

How The Super Committee's Failure Hurts K-12 Spending | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.23.2011 | Education

Seventy thousand teaching jobs. More than one billion in Title I grants to disadvantaged school districts. Nearly 900 million in funding for special e...

Laura Bassett

Supercommittee Making Little Progress, Lawmakers Warn | Laura Bassett | Posted 11.14.2011 | Politics

Democrats and Republicans on the congressional supercommittee tasked with finding at least $1.2 trillion in federal savings are still far apart on a n...

John Boehner: Debt Deal Will Include New Tax Revenues

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that any bipartisan agreement reached by the congressional deficit-reduction supercommittee wil...

Ed Markey Leads Coalition to Cut Nuclear Weapons Budget

Joe Cirincione | Posted 12.14.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

The first shots were fired on Oct. 11, when Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to the 12 members of the supercommittee signed by 65 lawmakers.

Kyl Beats a Retreat from the Debt Supercommittee

Joel Rubin | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Joel Rubin

The bottom line on Senator Jon Kyl's gambit to publicly pressure the supercommittee against more defense reductions is that it reveals that Kyl has no leverage on the issue.

Defense Budget Cost-Cutters: Know Thy Patient

Dorian de Wind | Posted 10.21.2011 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

While all Americans must be called to sacrifice in these tough times, and while certain reforms in the system are called for, let us remember the sacrifices that are already inherent in a military career.

Farm Aid Shrinks As U.S. Debt Deal Means No Bailout

Bloomberg | Posted 10.20.2011 | Business

Extreme weather that is reducing yields of corn, wheat, cotton and soybeans is also taking a toll on smaller crops, leaving pockets of losses in a far...

Federal Agencies Warned To Prepare For More Cuts

AOL Government | Wyatt Kash | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Federal agency and department leaders should plan for a 5 percent reduction in discretionary spending in fiscal year 2013, and prepare for more cuts -...

GOP Rep: Obama Riding In 'Darth Vader Bus'

Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) criticized President Barack Obama's bus tour of the Midwest during an appearance on Fox Business Tuesday night. T...

Student-Loan Delinquencies Rise, Adding To Fears Of An Education Bubble

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.17.2011 | Business

While the job market remains sluggish, student loan debt continues to rise, fueling fears that a higher-education spending bubble may be underway. ...

Cuts to National Service Would Eliminate Life-Changing Opportunities for At-Risk Youth

Jim Ziolkowski | Posted 10.17.2011 | Impact
Jim Ziolkowski

We need to save service because service is the fabric of our nation. Service empowers people in the most challenging circumstances to lift up their communities and each other.

Alex Becker

Biden To Pitch Debt Deal As Positive In China | Alex Becker | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON-- The White House may have failed to get much of what it wanted out of this month's debt ceiling deal, but you wouldn't know that based on ...

Washington Is Kicking Small Businesses While They're Down

Robert Levin | Posted 10.15.2011 | Small Business
Robert Levin

While they are campaigning, every politician talks about the importance of small business to the health of the economy. Now, Mr. President, senators, and congressmen, we need you to make some painful decisions and do the right thing for those small businesses you claim to value.

NY Times: Debt Deal Does 'Real Damage' At The Local Level

The New York Times | Editors | Posted 10.14.2011 | Business

States and cities had already endured a harrowing three-year financial slide when the debt-ceiling crisis darkened their outlooks even further. In the...

Getting Children Ready For School

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.12.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

Staying in school and receiving a quality education are the best deterrents to juvenile delinquency. Yet almost half of our states spend on average more than three times as much per prisoner as per public school pupil.

How the Economic Rollercoaster Strains Startups

Ray Leach | Posted 10.12.2011 | Small Business
Ray Leach

A poorly performing stock market, in addition to the anticipated public-sector budget cuts, put a damper on almost everything that high growth entrepreneurs need to be successful.


Shan Wells | Posted 10.10.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells


Lucia Graves

Green Groups Call On Super Committee To Ax Energy Subsidies And Tax Breaks | Lucia Graves | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the congressional leaders decide on members for the new bipartisan debt-reduction super committee, green advocacy groups are already ...

Secretary Panetta and the Doomsday Mechanism

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

Real budget reductions present the prospect of real reform in the Pentagon. Clearly, Secretary Panetta is not opting to be the source of that reform. It now must come from the outside.

Mandy Jenkins

Tell Us About Fundraising Calls From Obama, Democrats | Mandy Jenkins | Posted 10.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama campaigns for re-election, he has to sell a controversial deal he endorsed to end the impasse over the debt c...

Elise Foley

McConnell, Boehner Make 'Super Congress' Appointments | Elise Foley | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican leaders of the House and Senate announced their picks Wednesday for the "super Congress" deficit committee slated with findin...