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

Quora | Posted 02.11.2016 | Technology
Quora

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 02.11.2016 | 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 02.11.2016 | 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 02.11.2016 | 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 02.04.2016 | 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.

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.

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 ...

A Letter to the Washington Space Establishment

Rick Tumlinson | Posted 01.25.2016 | Science
Rick Tumlinson

My dear Washington space establishment, There's never a good time for such things, but we need to talk. You know I care a lot about you. You wer...

Congress Should Enact Obama's Medicaid Proposal

Judith Solomon | Posted 01.14.2016 | Politics
Judith Solomon

Congress should quickly enact a proposal, which President Obama will include in his 2017 budget, to give all states three years of full federal funding when they expand Medicaid -- whether they've already expanded or will in the future.

Increased Funding for Medical Research Is a Terrific First Step

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 01.11.2016 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Right in the midst of the holiday season, Congress passed a $1.8 trillion spending measure to fund all federal agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2016. Signed into law by President Obama on December 18, the bill was a promising step toward a continuing investment in the nation's long-term health.

Bad Government Decisions that Seemed Like Good Ideas at the Time

Ivan Eland | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
Ivan Eland

We can no longer afford repeated government decisions that spend trillions of taxpayer dollars on projects that originally may seem like a good idea but turn out very badly and even make things worse. Any private company with such a poor record would have long been penalized by the market into bankruptcy.

Congress Extends 'Ceasefire' On Medical Marijuana, but Can They Clear the Smoke?

Steph Sherer | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Steph Sherer

Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and other advocates have worked for years to lay the foundations that have made these changes possible. We're making real progress, but until we pass the CARERS Act, state laws and the people they are intended to protect remain in jeopardy

How the Federal Budget Package Protects Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 12.19.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The federal spending omnibus package President Obama signed today represents months of negotiations by the House and Senate. And while some of the loudest and largest passengers on that omnibus include defense spending, tax reform, and homeland security, a number of critical animal causes fortunately found seats as well.

Consumer Drive? Don't Hold Your Breath

Michael Farr | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

What is the true state of the US consumer? The Federal Reserve seems pretty confident that consumers have both the means (savings, disposable income,...

Congress Goes Into Legislative Overdrive Before Holidays (Video)

GVH Live | Posted 12.07.2015 | College
GVH Live

By Jordan Stephen It has become something of a holiday tradition. Capitol Hill, which has earned a reputation as a beacon of lethargy and obstruct...

Puerto Rico Package Should Include Pro-Work EITC

Chuck Marr | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Chuck Marr

Policymakers should remember that while workers in Puerto Rico do not pay federal income taxes, they pay Social Security taxes, and a key rationale for the EITC is to help offset both taxes for low-income working families.

CBO: Senate-Passed Budget Bill Would Reverse Almost All of Health Reform's Coverage Gains

Edwin Park | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Edwin Park

The Senate-passed budget reconciliation bill would boost the number of uninsured Americans by at least 22 million starting in 2018, relative to current law. Thus, virtually all (at least 92 percent) of the historic health coverage gains that CBO expects health reform to achieve by 2018 would be lost.

Thankful for Caregivers

Jason Resendez | Posted 11.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Jason Resendez

As Thanksgiving approaches, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the holiday through a patchwork of traditions, from fried turkeys to tamales. Yet for a growing number of our friends, spending hours doting over a turkey is a luxury they don't have time for.

Where There's A Will There's a Way

Michael Farr | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Michael Farr

If the full extent of the budgetary problems are not well understood, how can we be in a position to address the problems?

A Stronger Case for Restoring Housing Vouchers

Douglas Rice | Posted 11.05.2015 | Politics
Douglas Rice

Interim results from the first rigorous, large-scale evaluation of alternative strategies to reduce homelessness among families with children found that vouchers sharply reduce homelessness and housing instability, and do so much more effectively than the other interventions.

Once Again, Conservatives Utterly Defeated By Nancy Pelosi

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 11.03.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

One thing you ought not to do in poker is repeatedly overplay your hand -- and the same maxim applies to politics. House Republican conservatives, known as the so-called "Freedom Caucus," have done so repeatedly.

Raising Revenues Must Be Central Goal of Budget Talks

Frank Clemente | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics
Frank Clemente

To create a budget that works for everyone - and not just wealthy special interests - Congress needs to raise significant revenue instead of cutting services. It's time for a more balanced approach to budgeting.

3 Big Things 'Back to the Future' Got Right (Thanks to Government)

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

In celebrating our technological advancements, it is important to remember that none of these innovations happened by chance. They are the product of an enormous amount of investment in research and development -- much of it seeded by the federal government.

Congress Shouldn't Play Politics With the Debt Ceiling

Joel Friedman | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Joel Friedman

The House will vote this week on a Republican proposal allowing the Treasury to borrow funds to pay bondholders and Social Security recipients if there's a prolonged standoff over raising the debt ceiling. But this approach is extremely dangerous.

The Devils of Darwin: Satan Takes on the Tea Party

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Democrats do not seem up to the task of taking on this new breed of crazy. With the freak show called the GOP primary season in full swing, the time has come to offer up a political counterbalance to dangerous right wing extremism -- beyond what traditional Democrats can muster.