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Republicans Question Healthier Eating Proposals

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — House Republicans are pushing back against Obama administration efforts to promote healthier eating in a spending bill that pays fo...

In the Public Interest: Examining Governor Scott Walker's Highway Boondoggles

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 07.26.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

Two investigations show the governor has wasted excess tax dollars on high-priced consultants to replace cheaper engineers that were lost to budget cuts and has proposed to spend billions on highway boondoggles that make no sense for Wisconsin.

Budget Politics

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Forget about "balancing." Forget about "long-term plans." Forget about campaigning, and start governing. Start making a substantial payment for the increase in spending this year.

Report Warns Against Slashing Intelligence Budget

AP | KIMBERLY DOZIER | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With America's top terror target eliminated, the nation's intelligence agencies fear they will look like a fat target for budget cu...

CBO: Boehner's Math Is Wrong, Budget Deal Will Cut Less Than Half Of What Was Promised

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The big spending bill passed into law with much fanfare last month will cut the deficit by $122 billion over the next decade – les...

Poll Shows Where Americans Stand On Raising Taxes In Debt Fix

Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than half of Americans say higher taxes should be part of a fix to tame the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt, a Reuters poll...

Simon Johnson: Is There Too Much Federal Debt?

The New York Times | Simon Johnson | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business

In the nation’s latest fiscal mood swing, the mainstream consensus has swung from “we must extend the Bush tax cuts” (in November and December 2...

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 ...

Yepoka Yeebo

U.S. Economy Slows To A Crawl -- At Least For Now | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 06.28.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- At least temporarily, the U.S. economy has slowed to a crawl. U.S. gross domestic product -- one of the key gauges of overall economic...

While Attacking Government Spending, GOP Govs Quietly Accept Federal Cash

Talking Points Memo | Brian Beutler | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics

Republican governors stormed into state houses this January after campaigning against federal spending, and various so-called state bailouts. They won...

Jennifer Bendery

White House Deficit Talks Coming Apart At The Seams | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House's proposed deficit talks with Congress appear to be unraveling before they've even begun. House and Senate Republican l...

Obama Signs Budget Bill Into Law

AP | By JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 06.15.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama signed a six-month spending bill Friday that cuts more than $38 billion from the current budget. The legislation ...

Which Budgets Cuts Could Hurt The Economic Recovery?

New York Times | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM | Posted 06.12.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The budget deal struck last week amounts to a bet by the Obama administration that the loss of $38 billion in federal spending will not...

Government Still Open, Congress Still Sucks (VIDEO)

James Kotecki | Posted 06.09.2011 | Politics
James Kotecki

The government didn't shut down last night, but is that really something to celebrate? Isn't "keeping the government functioning" kind of a baseline a...

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 06.09.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

After six grueling weeks of playing Government Shutdown Chicken, President Obama, Harry Reid, and John Boehner all blinked, then went to their respective corners to celebrate. Boehner, holding up $38.5 billion in spending cuts -- and a provision banning the use of government funds to pay for abortions in the nation's capital -- was cheered by the GOP caucus. Reid, having kept the Republican axe from falling on Planned Parenthood and environmental regulations, deemed the deal "historic." And Obama wrapped the agreement in the mantle of all-American cooperation: "Americans of different beliefs came together again." Meanwhile, non-Beltway-locked Americans looked on with incredulity at the irrelevance of a budget battle that won't create jobs, won't improve the economy, and will barely move the needle on delivering a balanced budget. Memo to the president: You show leadership by producing a good economy, not hailing a compromise that will actually hobble the economy.

Why Progressives Keep On Losing and the Right Keeps On Winning

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 06.09.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Once again the unpopular views of a minority have been imposed on the majority. Why does the Tea Party seem to be so much more effective than the left as a movement?

John Boehner, Harry Reid Meeting With Obama At White House As Government Shutdown Looms

AP | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says another round of talks with congressional leaders has helped but there is no deal yet to avert a govern...

A Look At Effects Of Government Shutdown

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.07.2011 | Politics

A look at how key government sectors would be affected if the White House and congressional negotiators are unable to strike a budget deal by Friday: ...

Government Shutdown Threat Prompts Meeting At White House

AP/The Huffington Post | DAVID ESPO | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says late-night budget talks with the leaders of Congress have helped to narrow the issues, but there is no ...

Time for Grown-ups

Ernest Istook | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Ernest Istook

Paul Ryan's budget plan should be rated at least R for Realism, while the dismissive comments are PG for Politically Guided. His "Path to Prosperity" is about economic growth, not just spending.

Elise Foley

Obama To Meet With Boehner, Reid On Budget | Elise Foley | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss funding for the remainder of the fiscal year, with onl...

Hate the Forest, Love the Trees

Humphrey Taylor | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics
Humphrey Taylor

Several recent polls reveal a puzzling paradox. While large proportions of the public have a negative opinion of several thing when viewed as a whole, majorities or pluralities have positive opinions of most of the component parts.

Deal Needed To Avoid Spending Train Wreck, Government Shutdown

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Political ideologies and government spending realities are speeding trains headed toward a nasty crash in Washington this week barr...

Changing the Tone in Washington

Robert Kuttner | Posted 06.03.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Obama's approval-disapproval ratings are now about dead even again. However, if you want to identify a set of policies that are opposed by margins of three or four to one, try the Tea Party package.