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Interior Chief Ryan Zinke Vowed To Fight Budget Cuts. He's Changed His Tone.

The Huffington Post | Chris DAngelo | Posted 03.16.2017 | Politics

WASHINGTON — On March 3, just one day after arriving at his new post on horseback and wearing a cowboy hat, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke addressed ...

Signs Suggest Trump Budget Will Feature Unprecedented Cuts Plus Large Tax Cuts Favoring Wealthy

Bob Greenstein | Posted 02.01.2017 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Mounting signs suggest that the forthcoming Trump budget may contain cuts harsher than those in House GOP budgets of recent years, which themselves wo...

Think NEH & NEA funding is only federal issue? Think again.

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 01.24.2017 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

News reports last week that President Trump's first budget may eliminate support for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has alarmed many ...

Fix And Replace

Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.

Not all, but much of what happens to us when our health breaks down is self-inflicted. We need a health insurance system that puts more responsibility on patients for their own health and their health care.

Is the Fed Still Considering an Interest Rate Hike in November?

Allan Smith | Posted 10.17.2016 | Business
Allan Smith

The FOMC is scheduled to commence its two-day meeting on November 1-2, 2016, and it seems like Fed officials are still unsure about its interest rate policy. Some Fed officials have a strong stance that rates should be raised in November, while others are still reluctant.

Coming Budget Crisis Will End America's Imperial Military Policy

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Doug Bandow

The American imperium will die. The only question is how Washington responds.

Presidential Candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn: The Government Mechanic

Judy Frankel | Posted 07.13.2016 | Politics
Judy Frankel

Hillary Clinton isn't the only woman with government experience running for President. Clinical psychologist and presidential candidate Dr. Lynn S. Kahn has been reinventing and transforming government from the inside for 32 years.

Remembering the Forgotten Face of Homelessness

Christine C. Quinn | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Christine C. Quinn

There's no denying that our nation faces a homelessness crisis. But media coverage about this crisis, and the policy ideas proposed to address it, often exclude a huge portion of the homeless population: women and their children.

Tax on Sugary Drinks Gets Public Support, Especially from Sanders Supporters

Steven Kull | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

The idea of a tax on sugary drinks has gained new visibility in the election campaign as Hilary Clinton endorsed such a proposal being put forward for...

Top 10 Federal Tax Charts

Chuck Marr | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Chuck Marr

These ten charts -- previewed in our Countdown to Tax Day series -- provide context for some important tax policy issues. Our first chart reminds us ...

Here's Where Your Taxes Go

The Huffington Post | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business

The nation's tax bill comes due on Monday, when Americans rushing to file their federal income tax returns may find themselves wondering: What am I pa...

Political Violence: It's the Economy Stupid

Michael Farr | Posted 03.23.2017 | Business
Michael Farr

Getting away from D.C. every so often helps with perspective. Life inside the Beltway can cloud one's views and lead to an inflated sense of axis mun...

It's Time for America to Get Defense Spending Right

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.19.2017 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

We need a less ideological, more serious assessment of the specifics of defense spending. We should not view the Department of Defense budget as sacrosanct. There are many areas where cuts should be seriously considered.

The Danger From Appropriations Riders

Lisa Gilbert | Posted 03.18.2017 | Politics
Lisa Gilbert

This spring, the greatest threat to the American people on the legislative calendar likely will come from appropriations -- the process for funding our government -- and the danger may be greater than it has been in previous years.

What's So Bad About a Little Deflation?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.15.2017 | Business
Michael Farr

Ever since the global financial crisis central bankers across the globe have become increasingly fearful about the prospect of widespread deflation. ...

What's Going on in Retail?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.09.2017 | Business
Michael Farr recently published an article (Store closings are the hottest trend in retail) about the rash of retail store closings in recent months. As t...

The Return on Investment of Foreign Assistance

Hari Sastry | Posted 03.09.2017 | Politics
Hari Sastry

As the worldwide landscape continues to evolve, we are truly a global community. What may appear to be a distant concern has the power to impact Americans right here on our home soil.

As Congress Stalls on the Budget, the People Weigh In

Steven Kull | Posted 03.04.2017 | Politics
Steven Kull

The latest budget news from Capitol Hill - that the Republicans on the House Budget Committee are postponing markup of the annual tax and spending framework until March - sure sounds like a tune we've all heard before.

Keep it in Perspective

Michael Farr | Posted 02.24.2017 | Business
Michael Farr

With the S&P 500 now down about 10% from its all-time high in May 2015, a certain level of fear has returned to the markets. Among the many concerns ...

New CBO Estimates Confirm: Social Security Benefits Are Modest

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 02.18.2017 | Politics
Paul N. Van de Water

Social Security benefits replace only about 40 percent of an average retiree's recent earnings, new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates show.

Here's What $19B Will Buy the U.S. Government in Cybersecurity Measures

Quora | Posted 02.11.2017 | Technology

These questions originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. ...

President's Budget Would Bolster TANF

Liz Schott | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Liz Schott

President Obama included in his budget an important initiative to strengthen the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

Obama Budget Modernizes Policies for Unemployed Workers

Chad Stone | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Chad Stone

Wage insurance would supplement, not replace, traditional UI, which provides bedrock financial support to help tide workers over a spell of unemployment. But UI needs strengthening and modernizing.

No to Obama's Nuclear Cruise Missile, Yes to Test Ban Treaty

William Lambers | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
William Lambers

Do we really want to risk Cold War reruns? We should be advancing forward to an age of no nukes. We especially need nuclear cooperation with China if we want to influence their neighbor, North Korea, to abandon its arsenal.

Obama's 'Cadillac Tax' Changes Deserve Serious Look

Paul N. Van de Water | Posted 02.04.2017 | 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.