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Gop Spending Cuts

GOP Lawmakers Balk When Spending Cuts Get Real

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — When House Republicans pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of b...

Why Efforts To Cut Spending Fail

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR and CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 03.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The budget gurus in Congress have failed for years to find a grand bargain to reduce the government's long-term debt, so this year...

How Republicans Have Trashed The Economy, In 1 Chart

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 11.04.2013 | Business

The next time a Republican tells you government spending is out of control, the chart below is all you need to prove otherwise. The Financial Times...

Ryan Cuts Face Republican Backlash

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Midway between the 2012 and 2014 election campaigns, moderate Republican conservatives are beginning to foment a revolt of their own &nd...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Harry Reid: I Don't Understand John Boehner's Brain | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans revealed a deep rift in their "fiscal cliff" talks Thursday when House Speaker John Boehner declared his disap...

Romney the Unicorn

Brian Goldsmith | Posted 04.24.2012 | Politics
Brian Goldsmith

Mitt Romney is running not as a fiscal hawk but as a fiscal unicorn -- fluttering around, making magical things happen, in a world that doesn't exist.

Local GOP Head Solves US Debt Problem!

Iris Erlingsdottir | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics
Iris Erlingsdottir

The Minnesota GOP's new Chairman, Pat Shortridge, has proposed a revolutionary solution to solving the party's disastrous debt problem.

Government Shutdown Looms As Congress Fights Over Spending

Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press (AP) WASHINGTON -- Congress is once again allowing shutdown politics to bring the federal government to the bri...

Republicans' Biggest Fear: Proof That Government Spending Works, Destroying Their Brand

Paul Abrams | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If major job-creating legislation is passed, and millions of jobs are indeed created, the right-wing economic catechism that government spending and counter-cyclical deficit spending do not work will be vanquished.

Debt Ceiling Deal Angers Progressives, Tea Party

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The newly struck debt-ceiling compromise between President Barack Obama and the Republican leaders of Congress represents a histori...

The GOP's Hidden Tax Agenda

David Perez | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
David Perez

Cutting student loans is like raising taxes on students. Cutting Social Security is like raising taxes on the elderly. Cutting Medicare is like raising taxes on the poor. And yes, closing loopholes is like raising taxes on hedge fund managers.

Stalemate Standoff

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.24.2011 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held dueling prime time addresses to the nation and even disagreed on whether there was a stalemate over the debt ceiling. That is the problem in a nutshell.

Elise Foley

GOP Freshmen Pledge To 'Trust, But Verify' On Debt Deal After Shutdown Disappointment | Elise Foley | Posted 08.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Freshman House Republicans are skeptical of striking another compromise with the Democratic-controlled White House to raise the debt cei...

Add Up the Numbers Again Before You Cut Spending

Francine Hardaway | Posted 06.10.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

Before we start taking proposals like Paul Ryan's radical plan to cut the deficit by cutting spending seriously, shouldn't we start with considering h...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.02.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought a slew of April Fools' jokes from our media brethren. Hulu remade its page to look like it was 1996 -- ancient history in Internet terms. Google introduced "Gmail motion," a tool that allows users to send emails by using their body. YouTube offered the top 5 viral videos of 1911. And we had a little fun of our own. There were also a number of stories that felt like April Fools' jokes but, unfortunately, were all too real. There was Donald Trump doubling down on Birther-ism, releasing his birth certificate and calling for the president to release his; pastor/kook Terry Jones finally burning a Quran and igniting violent protests in Afghanistan that led to the killing of a dozen people, including seven UN workers. And there was our nation's capital -- a town full of true April fools -- still obsessed with spending cuts in the midst of a recession.

GOP Budget Cut Proposal Would Slash Millions In Funding For Immunization Programs

Mother Jones | Suzy Khimm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the past year, California has experienced the worst whopping cough outbreak in more than 50 years, an epidemic that has killed 10 infants and resul...

Conservatives Balk At Stopgap Spending Bill

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill began Monday to come out against a measure to keep the government running for three more w...

Sam Stein

Obama Offers First Budget Compromise | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Minutes before lawmakers and Vice President Joseph Biden met to discuss a funding measure to keep the government operational through the...

Potential GOP Presidential Hopefuls Cheer For Spending Showdown

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Easy for them to say: Cut spending, no matter what. Don't let the government borrow any more. Shut it down if you have to. While th...

GOP Spending Cut Plan Would Slash 700,000 Jobs: Report

The Washington Post | Lori Montgomery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Republican plan to sharply cut federal spending this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to an independent economic analysis set...

Government Shutdown Is 'No Joke'

NPR | MARA LIASSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In nine days, the federal government could shut down unless Democrats and Republicans can reach an agreement on a spending bill for the rest of the ye...

What Would A Government Shutdown Look Like?

The Washington Post | Ed O'Keefe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If President Obama and congressional Republicans do not reach an agreement on how to fund the final seven months of the fiscal year, some military vet...

'Death Panel' For Elmo?

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Republicans called for cuts in hundreds of programs across the face of government Friday night in a $61 billion savings package toughened at the...

GOP Budget-Cutting Plan Marks Political Gamble

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Republican drive to cut spending, which begins in earnest this week, marks a political gamble that the public's hunger for smal...

AP SPIN METER: GOP Won't Find Much Savings From Stimulus Money

AP | BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say they want to cut federal spending by raiding $45 billion from President Barack Obama's politically un...