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Sam Stein

Obama Tries To Resell Republicans On A Grand Debt Ceiling Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sunday night's much anticipated debt ceiling meeting between the president and congressional leadership managed to produce an outcome, j...

Obama: We 'Need To' Reach Debt Ceiling Deal In 10 Days

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he and Congress "need to" agree on a budget deal in 10 days in order to meet an Aug. 2 deadline to increase ...

Obama Urges Lawmakers On Both Sides To Make 'Political Sacrifices'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 09.08.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama appealed to Democrats and Republicans to "make some political sacrifices" and take advantage of an extraordinary ...

Michael McAuliff

Poll: 80 Percent Say Tax Millionaires More | Michael McAuliff | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans may find a resolution to make the rich share more of the pain in debt-reduction "rather pathetic," but new survey data sugge...

Sam Stein

Obama Open To Economic Stimulus As Part Of Debt Reduction Deal | Sam Stein | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The media coverage of the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations has often painted President Obama as painfully eager to be considered a cham...

Obama Holds Press Conference

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is holding a news conference on Wednesday morning, his first full formal news session with the press since ...

Wanted: 1,000 Pastors For the Poor

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.16.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

There is a policy myth is that churches and charities alone could take care of the problems of poverty -- especially if we slashed taxes. But this really has more to do with libertarian political ideology than good theology.

Debt Limit Negotiators To Look At Tax Hikes

Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

By Andy Sullivan Thu Jun 9, 1:09 am ET WASHINGTON – Top lawmakers on Thursday are expected to discuss one of the biggest hurdles in the way of a...

Confronting An Immoral Budget

Rev. Jennifer Butler | Posted 08.07.2011 | Religion
Rev. Jennifer Butler

The message from the mainstream faith community is clear -- the economic agenda pushed by religious right political operatives is extreme, and it contradicts Christian moral values.

Vanishing Giants In A Sharply Divided Congress

Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - The long-gone old bulls of the Congress -- giants like Democrats Ted Kennedy and Tip O'Neill and Republicans Everett Dirksen and Bob Dole ...

Playing Chicken With the Debt Ceiling

Robert Zevin | Posted 08.01.2011 | Politics
Robert Zevin

The last time the Republicans played this game, with Newt Gingrich driving them to a collision, the result was that they were simply crushed, like a compact car trying to play chicken with a truck on a one-lane bridge.

Why the Budget Is the Wrong Thing to Fight About

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Ian Fletcher

We are in danger of having our economy fail to grow because we were so busy arguing over the harvest that we neglected to plant the seeds.

Confused Thinking on Social Security

Jagadeesh Gokhale | Posted 07.27.2011 | Business
Jagadeesh Gokhale

Is Social Security a program that is independent of the federal budget ("off budget") or one that is intimately linked to the federal budget (the "unified budget" perspective)?

Amanda Terkel

Where Are Women In The Budget Negotiations? | Amanda Terkel | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Who's missing from the list of lawmakers and administration officials involved in budget negotiations? Women. Vice President Joe Bide...

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

America Needs To Remember How To Invest in the Future

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

Capital budget alone will not bring about the discipline needed to invest in the future. The public and private sectors must work together to build a sustainable American economy.

Timing Is Everything

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

One of the largest looming problems in America today is the debt ceiling and the associated long- and short-term budget deals. Now that the bin Laden ...

Banging Their Heads on the Debt Ceiling?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"If you don't want us to do something really irresponsible, you'd better let us do something really irresponsible." If you happen to be John Boehner, a sentence like that apparently makes perfect sense.

To Learn the Game, the Left Could Use a "Weekend at Bernie's"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Sen. Sanders is reviving a bill he introduced earlier this year which imposes a 5.4% surtax on all earnings over $1 million per year. Budget negotiations haven't even started yet, but Bernie just changed the terms for the better.

John Boehner, GOP Play Hard Ball In Talks Over Raising Debt Ceiling

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a tough-talking House Speaker John Boehner who warned Wall Street this week that Congress won't raise the government's debt ceili...

John Boehner: Tax Hikes 'Off The Table'

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - House Speaker John Boehner is insisting tax increases are "off the table" in negotiations with the Obama administration and congressional...

Does Isaiah's Peaceful Prophecy Have A Chance?

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 07.04.2011 | Religion
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The death of Osama bin Laden and the recent budget debates in Washington give us lenses into the tension between the support for war and movement toward fulfilling Isaiah's vision.

Just Ask Us!

Sam Koppelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Koppelman

Much of the debate surrounding the budget and the debt ceiling has been centered on catering to the needs of the next generation. Paul Ryan's website ...

Can You Guess the World's Best and Worst Places to be a Mother?

Mary Beth Powers | Posted 05.03.2011 | Impact
Mary Beth Powers

Now is not the time to slash the measly 0.5% of the federal budget that goes to poverty-focused development and humanitarian assistance.

Parties Spoil For 2012 Fight Over Size Of Government

National Journal | RONALD BROWNSTEIN | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics

It's always hazardous to predict the issues that will define the next presidential selection. But leading thinkers in both parties say that events of ...