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Accountable, Transparent Government: The Promise of the DATA Act

Joel Gurin | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics
Joel Gurin

Every political observer knows that we're living in a time of historically low trust in government and high partisan polarization. But a growing federal commitment to accountability and transparency could begin to change that.

Despite the Campaign Trail Chatter, Americans Not Sold on Defense Increase

Steven Kull | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
Steven Kull

Listening to all the campaign trail chatter of increasing defense spending, one could conclude that deficit reduction has fallen off the political radar. But, it this what the voters want?

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...

Our Nation's Budget Should Reflect Bipartisan Support for Wildlife

John F. Calvelli | Posted 02.29.2016 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Remarkably, a few priorities have broken through the partisan gridlock as things that appropriators from both parties agree that the U.S. budget should support. For the past few years, wildlife trafficking has been one of those priorities.

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.

Common Weaknesses in the Republicans' Tax Proposals

David Coates | Posted 01.25.2016 | Politics
David Coates

Though for understandable reasons the leading Republican presidential candidates continually emphasize the things that divide them, we would do well to concentrate rather on the things that do not.

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.

Challenging Republican Premises: On the Cutting of Taxes

David Coates | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
David Coates

These Republicans (Trump included) seem totally in agreement that progressive taxation is less effective than light taxation; that it is the scale of public spending and debt which is holding back economic growth, and that it is the burden of taxation to sustain that spending which currently is the key barrier to the generation of private sector-based enterprise and employment.

Jonathan Cohn

Obamacare Repeal Would Swell The Deficit Even Using GOP's New Math, Budget Office Says | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

The economist that Republicans handpicked to run the Congressional Budget Office just told Republicans that one of their favorite arguments about Obam...

Jeff Flake Chased Down A Pig For A Selfie

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) went a little hog wild for a selfie with a special congressional guest on Wednesday. Flake crawled on the floor and chase...

U.S. Spending Historic Amount Fighting Homelessness, And It's Working: Report

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.03.2015 | Impact

Uncle Sam is prioritizing the fight against homelessness like he never has before. Federal funding for programs addressing homelessness is at its h...

The U.S. Government Has Hurt The Economy In 11 Of The Past 12 Quarters

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business

The U.S. economy has just gone through some big, big changes. Big, good changes! But one thing has not changed: federal government spending, which can...

Out of the Mouths of Babes

John Hasnas | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
John Hasnas

Perhaps the solution to some political problems really are so obvious that even a child can see them. It is too bad that this does not guarantee that they will also be perceived by our elected representatives.

Onward Afghan Soldiers -- Or Maybe Not

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Shaffer

I wish we could divert some of that money into the hands of more worthy recipients like the American troops who are putting their lives on the line every day trying to build a solid, reliable Afghan army while one third of the trainees are bailing out each year.

Mark Gongloff

Austerity Alive And Well: U.S. Government To Pay Down Debt For First Time In 6 Years | Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.29.2013 | Business

Though you may have heard otherwise, austerity is in full force in the U.S., helping the government pay down debt for the first time in six years. ...

Mark Gongloff

Sequester Inventor Defends Sequester: 'The Nation Will Survive' | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.27.2013 | Business

Everywhere you look lately it's sequester this, sequester that, sequester will wreck the economy, Kate Upton Ryan Gosling sequester. But don't worry, ...

GOP Gets Low Marks On Federal Spending Ahead Of Sequester: Poll

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

Congressional Republicans' handling of federal spending is broadly disliked by the public, with President Obama's actions disapproved of by a smaller ...

The Secret to Deficit Reduction: Getting Back to Basics

Emily Wismer | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Emily Wismer

I've discovered the secret to deficit reduction and bipartisan fiscal reform. It's a policy trick that has been lost, but decades ago was created by Congress to avoid constant fiscal crises like those we face today.

The CBO Report: Six Things You Can't Talk About in Washington

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The short version of the CBO's report is: Spending's going down, but we desperately need jobs. So how did the President and Congress respond? They kept arguing about who's got the better plan for making spending go down some more.

Let's All Panic About The Fiscal Cliff Now

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.12.2012 | Business

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Jason Cherkis

Paul Ryan Staff Emails Show Sensitivity To Stimulus Hypocrisy Charge | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In late September 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's office notified Rep. Paul Ryan's office with some good news. The U.S. Department o...

'Robosquirrel' Cutest Example Of Rampant Government Waste

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business

We all know that the idea of a “robosquirrel” built to hang out with rattlesnakes sounds really cool. But does it have to be funded with taxpayer ...

Shortchanging And Failing Our Nation's Children And Our Future

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.01.2012 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Precisely because children do not vote and do not fund Super PACs, we must take specific action to thank and recognize political leaders when and if they do right by kids and openly challenge them when they do wrong.

Budget 101: Receipts vs. Outlays, Obama vs. History

Tony Phillips | Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics
Tony Phillips

I did some checking and yes, the federal government under Barack Obama's watch has spent a whole bunch of money. That much I'll concede. What I won't concede is that it has spent too much.

Jason Cherkis

Mitt Romney Worked As Registered Lobbyist For Salt Lake City Olympics | Jason Cherkis | Posted 07.26.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney loves to talk about his role salvaging the 2002 scandal-tarnished Winter Olympics in Salt La...