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Rifts In GOP At Play In Passage Of Spending BIll

AP | ALAN FRAM | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan spending bill that averts a federal shutdown, but widespread Republican defec...

Message to Congress: Healthy Lands and Waters Support a Healthy Economy

Mark Tercek | Posted 01.11.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

As federal budget deadlines loom, I hope that Congress recognizes the immense value of programs that sustain our country's irreplaceable natural resources. Healthy natural systems are the foundation for a healthy economy.

Obama's Latest Executive Order

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 01.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With the stroke of his pen, President Barack Obama has sacked souvenirs federal agencies buy with taxpayer money to promote their w...

Federal CIO VanRoekel's 'Future First' Vision for Government Focuses on Cloud, Open Standards, Modularity, Shared Services

Alexander Howard | Posted 12.27.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

While no speech is going to simply fix an entrenched issue, articulating principles based upon the need for modularity, interoperability and open standards represents at least a breath of fresh air.

Jon Ward

Tea Party Group Tastes Tepid Support Among Conservatives For Overhauling Medicare And Social Security | Jon Ward | Posted 12.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- Liberals and conservatives disagree vehemently over what to do with Medicare and Social Security, but among conservative think-tankers...

Forget Global Warming, What About the Towering Inferno?

Al Checchi | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics
Al Checchi

The time for simple belt tightening, repealing the Bush tax cuts, soaking the rich, "praying out the gay", or cutting out that illusive waste and fraud is long past. Only a total restructuring of what government does can provide any hope that the next generation.

How Cutting Government Spending Can Increase the Cost of Government

Thomas Fisher | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics
Thomas Fisher

The evidence is clear and undisputable: cutting government spending in areas that prevent problems from occurring in the first place can cost taxpayers more over the long run.

Infrastructure Question to Right-wing: If Not Now, When? If Not Government, Who?

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

There are climate-change deniers, evolution-deniers, science-deniers, reality-deniers that are running rampant in our politics. Nonetheless, to my knowledge, there are no infrastructure-deniers.

Congress Passes Stopgap Spending Bill To Avert Government Shutdown

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON -- A nearly empty House on Thursday passed a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown ...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Krugman Argues For Spending Similar To World War II | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

Paul Krugman, the Nobel Prize-winning Princeton economist and New York Times columnist, said Tuesday that the United States needs to spend on a scale ...

Scott Brown Makes Surprising Comments On Looming Government Shutdown

Luke Johnson | Posted 11.26.2011 | Politics

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) called out Congress Monday on the possibility of a government shutdown if the current continuing resolution is not renewed ...

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...

Elise Foley

House Passes Funding Bill, Set To Die In Senate | Elise Foley | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans set the stage early Friday for another fight over government funding, passing a stopgap bill that Senate Democrats say...

When Will Wall Street Call for More Federal Spending?

Robert Reich | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped another 3 percent today as Wall Street metabolized the truth most Americans already know: We're in a recession. The "double dip" has arrived.

The H.Y.P.O.C.R.I.S.Y. Act: Making Politicians Mean What They Say, or Else...

Scott Baker | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Scott Baker

Recently, the Huffington Post reported that: "A Freedom of Information Act request filed by The Huffington Post with three separate federal agencies ...

Republican Class Genocide

Karl Frisch | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Karl Frisch

Apparently the president started another war on Monday and it has Republicans playing the role of hippy peacenik -- not to offend hippy peaceniks. Th...

Do Taxes Narrow the Wealth Gap?

New York Times | Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

What role, if any, does tax policy play in creating a wealth gap in the United States? ...

IMF Report: Austerity Measures Hurt Income, Makes Unemployment Worse

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

The problem of runaway national debt is real. But cutting government spending too quickly will do more harm than good, according to a new paper from t...

Can America Afford Equality?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

If we as Americans accept the idea that the only hope for our future rests with the rich and the multinationals, and that we must abandon the fundamental principle of equality of opportunity, then perhaps we need to take another look at the American Dream.

Elise Foley

Eric Cantor: Congress Will Pass Continuing Resolution To Avoid Government Shutdown | Elise Foley | Posted 11.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congress will take up a continuing resolution to fund the government on the week of Sept. 19, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) ...

Hurricane Irene, Eric Cantor, and the Hostage-Taking Politics of Disaster Relief

Michael J.W. Stickings | Posted 10.26.2011 | Politics
Michael J.W. Stickings

At a time like this it is essential that government emergency services, particularly federal, be ready to help those areas that need relief. Think back to Katrina. We learned a lot from that catastrophe, did we not? Well, not all of us. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor didn't.

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.

How Much Money Could the Department of Defense Save if it Stopped Trying to Save Souls?

Chris Rodda | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Chris Rodda

When the average American thinks of military spending on religion, they probably think only of the money spent on chaplains and chapels. But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Some Groups May Want Congressional Gridlock On Key Issue

Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press (AP) WASHINGTON — Gridlock, as much as it's derided, may be the best outcome for the elderly, health care provider...

Bush Appointee Allows VA Employee to Be Overpaid $41,000 and Commute to D.C. From Ark.

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

A new redacted report details how Charles L. Gephart was promoted to a higher-paying position in Washington, D.C., even though he continued to live in Fayetteville, Ark.