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House GOP Cuts Are Theologically Immoral

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

Theologically, these proposed cuts are a sin. They would harm the most vulnerable among us and endanger the planet. There is no getting around it: the House GOP budget is an immoral document.

Howard Fineman

The Real Losers In A Government Shutdown | Howard Fineman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If there is a government shutdown on March 4 -- and we seem headed almost inexorably in that direction -- who will suffer the most politically?

Fed Budget Changes Could Hit Aid, Art Charities Hardest

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The new budget promises to decrease spending by at least $1 trillion over the next decade, however it may come at a high price -- the decline of chari...

Finding the Good in the 'Good Old Days'

Sam Pizzigati | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Pizzigati

Sometimes we can move forward by turning the political clock back -- if we know exactly where to stop.

Republican Budget to Wolves: Drop Dead

Andrew Wetzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Wetzler

The Republican controlled House Rules Committee released a continuing resolution to fund the federal government: wolves will lose all of their Endangered Species Act protection in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Utah.

Six Things Everybody Knows About Deficits... That Are Completely Untrue

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In a year when the president and the GOP are trying to one-up each other on who can cut deficits the fastest, just guess which three topics are almost never addressed as budget-busters in the media.

Budget Season Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats in the last Congress could have passed the 2011 budget, but they did not. They punted, leaving the door open for Republicans to do what they will with the budget for both this year and for FY 2012.

The Obama Budget: And Why the Coming Debate Over Spending Cuts Has Nothing to Do With Reviving the Economy

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The best way to revive the economy is not to cut the federal deficit right now. It's to put more money into the pockets of average working families.

Obama's Budget Ax: Why the Neediest People Should Be the Most Afraid

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Though the administration won't release its 2012 budget until Monday, it is certain that the cuts will be painful and that the neediest Americans will feel the worst of that pain.

GOP Budget Wars on Reproductive Health

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

The GOP's mantra has long been that there is too much government involvement in our lives. So how do they square that with telling a woman who has been raped that maybe her rape just wasn't violent enough to warrant an abortion?

What the Heck Is a "Humanity"?

Jim Noles | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Jim Noles

It was engineers and scientists that, for example, raced death to find a vaccine for polio. But where, one wonders, did men like Goethals and Salk find their moments of inspiration for their scientific goals?

Feds, Google Bring Budget To eReader

Roll Call | Rachel Bade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Who wants to lug around a 1,400-page book? It might make a great arm workout, but now there's an alternative to toting around the book format of th...

A Smarter Budget Ax

Ron Fairchild | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Fairchild

We're hearing a lot these days about tackling the federal budget deficit by instituting across-the-board cuts, rolling back federal spending to FY08 l...

Laura Bassett

Middle Class Children Increasingly Relying On Public Programs, Report Finds | Laura Bassett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Since the income gap between middle-class and wealthy families in the United States has grown by more than 50 percent since 1985, middle-class parents...

Roadmap to Disaster

Donald Kaul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Kaul

The Republicans told us what they wanted to do in their "Pledge to America" last year: it involves ripping the heart out of the future and burying it at the intersection of crumbling highways and a falling-down bridge to nowhere.

The 5-Year Spending Freeze: What Would It Mean?

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

President Barack Obama proposed a five-year freeze in government spending in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, but the actual significance ...

Bruce Bartlett: The Looming Federal Budget Train Wreck

The Fiscal Times | Bruce Bartlett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Many economists believe that the Great Recession resulted from a "perfect storm" of various factors that were not too serious individually, but when c...

Can Republicans Reconcile Earmarks and the Federal Budget?

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Five hundred million dollars seems like a lot, until one realizes that it's only a small part of an approximately $3.6 trillion dollar budget. It is certainly a testimonial to the endurance of earmarks.

WATCH: Fineman And Olbermann Follow The Budget Cut Moving Target

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

If you think the GOP's 2010 campaign talking point about slicing $100 billion out of the federal budget seems like a moving target, you aren't alone. ...

2010: The Year That Fizzled?

The New York Times | David Leonhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

It was the year that the economy started to recover and then slid back into a slump -- only to offer reason for renewed hope in the final weeks. Wh...

Let the Bush Tax Cuts Expire in 2010 or Make Matters Worse

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Herrington

If the Republicans want to govern, let them offer a solution for the unemployed and see what the public thinks then. Just continuing the Bush tax cuts will do nothing to help the economy.

Deficit Tests Our Democracy

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gary Shapiro

After a disaster we look back to see what we should have done differently. The Challenger retrospect revealed a flawed launch decision process. The fa...

Five Myths About Federal Workers

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

Hard choices are needed to restore our nation's fiscal health. But across-the-board pay and hiring freezes avoid tough strategic decisions. The real question is not what can we cut, but how can we best save money.

Washington Post Budget Hocus Pocus

Merton and Joan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Merton and Joan Bernstein

The media continues to ignore the fact that Social Security does not and, indeed, cannot add to the federal deficit: It is permitted to pay benefits only to the extent it has funds on hand and is prohibited from borrowing.

I'm Not Hungry, But I'm Angry

Danielle Ewen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Ewen

One in four. It seems to be the nation's new mantra when it comes to children. One in four young children is poor. One in four children does not have ...