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The Threat of Sequestration: What Federal Leaders Should Be Doing Right Now

Tom Fox | Posted 10.18.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

There is a general assumption, or at least the hope, that reasonable heads will prevail and sequestration will be avoided after several dramatic rounds of brinksmanship.

The Romney-Ryan Budget: Taking Aim at Women's Health Care

Terry O'Neill | Posted 10.06.2012 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

The first thing women should know about the Romney-Ryan budget is that it has been called the single largest transfer of wealth from middle- and low-income earners to millionaires and billionaires in our country's history.

Jon Ward

Obama Mounts Deficit-Tax Cut Whipsaw Attack On Romney | Jon Ward | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- "To cut the deficit, we need everyone to pay their fair share." That's how President Barack Obama ended a 30-second commercial his re...

Michael McAuliff

One Shutdown Showdown Averted For Now | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders believe they have reached a deal to head off yet another showdown over a possible government shutdown. A propos...

Austero-Erotic Fantasies for the Elites, Terror for Everyone Else

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.24.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Austerity economics is a proven failure which benefits the wealthy and brings misery to everyone else. Who'll tell the voters, if Democrats won't?

Debt-Ceiling Battle Cost Huge Amount: Study

Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.22.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

The 2011 argument about the debt ceiling cost the U.S. government about $1.3 billion in extra borrowing costs, according to a new study. And that's just the costs that they bothered to count.

$80 Million for Wetlands and Working Ranches in the Everglades

Mark Tercek | Posted 09.15.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

In the highly partisan atmosphere of a presidential election year, it's encouraging to see examples of one thing that Americans can agree on: the importance of preserving our nation's natural heritage.

The Nuns on the Bus Roll Into Washington

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Deborah Weinstein

People of faith and of conscience must add their voices to tell Congress to act reasonably and responsibly. Rejecting the House leaders' efforts later this summer to extend the unfair tax breaks for the top 2 percent would be a good start.

Greg Rosalsky

IMF Report Warns Against Austerity In U.S. | Greg Rosalsky | Posted 07.03.2012 | Business

The U.S. economy will continue to grow at a sluggish rate in the coming year as government spending cuts threaten its recovery, according to a new rep...

How to Clear Your Inbox, Make Decisions and Generally Get Things Done

Tom Fox | Posted 08.22.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

David Allen is the founder of the David Allen Company, which focuses on productivity, action management and executive coaching.

Learning to See Brown Shoots Instead of Green Ones

Jared Bernstein | Posted 08.22.2012 | Business
Jared Bernstein

For years now, economic forecasters have continuously predicted recovery, gotten a spate of bad news, and pushed their recovery prediction out a few quarters. The problem is structural, i.e., it's in the models.

Michael McAuliff

Mitt Romney Wrong By Billions On Federal Spending | Michael McAuliff | Posted 06.13.2012 | Politics

Mitt Romney was only off by billions of dollars when he said Tuesday that the federal government doesn't pay for police officers, firefighters and tea...

The Ryan Budget Fails to Effectively Address Economic Challenges, Unlike the 'Budget for All'

Andrew Fieldhouse | Posted 07.20.2012 | Politics
Andrew Fieldhouse

A budget is much more than numbers and a bottom line; a budget should reflect national priorities. Unfortunately, the Ryan budget prioritizes sharply reducing spending and cutting taxes on the wealthy -- at the expense of good economic stewardship.

Senate Budget Plans Range From Extreme to Unimaginable

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Today, the Coalition on Human Needs sent a letter making these points to every senator. May 16, 2012 Dear Senator: Today you will have the opportun...

Alan Greenspan Says Thing, People Listen, For Some Reason

Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

Alan Greenspan said something about the budget deficit on Tuesday. The reason this is "news" is because it is shocking that Alan Greenspan is still allowed ever to speak publicly about matters of importance.

Budget Bunk: The Old Pox on Both Your Houses Game

Dean Baker | Posted 07.01.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

The economy did not regain the jobs lost in the 2001 recession until 2005, and even then it was on the back of another unsustainable bubble, this one in the housing market. And we know how that one ended.

No Work, No Pay

Ami Bera, MD | Posted 06.28.2012 | Politics
Ami Bera, MD

If Americans struggling to make ends meet can make tough decisions to balance their books, why can't Congress?

AGHAST -- A Four-Year Review of Musings and Musings on the Present

Asher Edelman | Posted 06.19.2012 | Business
Asher Edelman

April 8, 2008 I said the financial system would need at least 100 times the $30 billion advertised by the Fed as the ultimate need to save the syst...

A Turning Point at Mars

Jim Bell | Posted 06.09.2012 | Science
Jim Bell

The time has come, from both a scientific and exploration standpoint, for NASA to embark on a robotic mission to bring rock and soil samples back from Mars, but the Agency -- and the administration -- appear to be shying away from the challenge.

Gridlock, Almost As Good As Greed

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.09.2012 | Business

Gridlock is good. Maybe not as good as greed. But political gridlock in Washington is another, less-famous Wall Street favorite. And famous Wall S...

Jon Ward

Shift To Obama vs. Romney Marks End (Maybe) To Silly Season | Jon Ward | Posted 04.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The news Thursday was dominated by Democratic accusations that the Republican National Committee chairman compared women to caterpillars...

Government Spending on Autopilot: Prepare for the Crash

Lenwood Brooks | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Lenwood Brooks

Congress must take control of the federal budget process, which means taking responsibility for all spending programs to get the deficit under control. If Congress doesn't start relearning how to fly, we all need to be prepared for a fiscal crash.

Your Receipt, From This Guy

Emily Cohn | Posted 04.04.2012 | Money

Curious how your tax dollars are being spent by the federal government? Check your federal taxpayer receipt. The White House released an updated to...

Republican Budget Represents a Bleak Future for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

All of us want to put America back on a sustainable fiscal path, but to do so everyone must be asked to pitch in. The Republican budget, however, places the entire burden of deficit reduction on the middle class, seniors, and the most vulnerable.

Non-cents! Pennies To Go Away

CP | Posted 05.29.2012 | Business

OTTAWA -- There may still be pennies from heaven, but they won't be coming from the mint much longer. The humble one-cent piece is set to disappea...