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Sam Stein

McConnell's Sequester Deal Would Replace 'Crappy Cuts With Crappy Cuts' | Sam Stein | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats aren’t jumping at the latest offer from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the two parties' sti...

Sam Stein

Democrat Says A Government Shutdown Would Be Better Than More Sequestration | Sam Stein | Posted 07.26.2013 | Politics

One of the top Democrats in the House said Friday that his party should be willing to shut down the government this fall unless the spending cuts brou...

Sam Stein

Obama Says Gridlock Is Getting Worse, Urges Congressional Action On Economic Agenda | Sam Stein | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Against the backdrop of a stable but still lethargic economy, President Barack Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to end what he deemed w...

Sam Stein

Can't Stop Cancer Clinic Sequester Cuts, Obama Administration Says | Sam Stein | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The federal government does not have the power to stop federal budget sequestration cuts to cancer treatments for certain Medicare patie...

Sam Stein

Obama, House Dems At A Loss Over How To Move Agenda | Sam Stein | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over a two-and-a-half hour dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in downtown Washington Wednesday night, President Barack Obama and nine House D...

Sam Stein

Weather Services Struggle With Sequester On Eve Of Hurricane Season | Sam Stein | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reeling from budget tightening that is being compounded by sequestration, the National Weather Service has begun making operational deci...

Why the Sequester Is Working

Gene Marks | Posted 07.03.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The sequester, which went into effect on March 1, is reality. And believe it or not, it's working too. It is forcing our government to make hard choices and, like generations before, we are being asked to make sacrifices. And this is a good thing. Why?

Sam Stein

Pat Toomey Urged Obama To Fix Sequester Cuts To Cancer Clinics | Sam Stein | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With cuts from sequestration forcing private cancer clinics to turn away Medicare patients, several fiscally conservative Republicans ha...

Sam Stein

Obama: I Can't Force Congress To Behave | Sam Stein | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday chastised Congress -- mainly Republicans -- for moving quickly to end flight delays caused by sequestr...

Muddling Through Won't Do

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

Muddling through will not do. The deal on the air traffic controllers last week, which was a jerry-built contraption if ever I saw one, offers a discouraging preview of what is in store as Congress scrambles to deal with specific budget crises without addressing the underlying big issues.

Earth to Washington: Repeal the Sequester

Robert Reich | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

What is Washington doing? Worse than nothing. It has now adopted the same kind of austerity economics that's doomed Europe -- cutting federal spending and reducing total demand.

Sam Stein

Senate Deal Would End FAA Furloughs | Sam Stein | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a quick and unanticipated session on Thursday night, the U.S. Senate approved a resolution that would allow the Federal Aviation Admi...

Howard Fineman

George, This Is What Sequestration Does | Howard Fineman | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- George Will is a thoughtful guy, but he and other conservatives are wrong to accuse President Barack Obama of manipulating sequestration...

Sam Stein

GOP Blames Obama For Delaying Flights | Sam Stein | Posted 04.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The latest attempt by the Republican Party to blame the consequences of sequestration on the president quickly followed reports Monday o...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Forces Cancer Patients To Travel Thousands Of Miles For Treatment | Sam Stein | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Some cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials in rural areas will have to travel thousands of miles to continue their treatments as a...

Hannity, Powers Clash Again

Posted 04.03.2013 | Media

Sean Hannity and Kirsten Powers tried to make amends on the Fox News host's Tuesday night show but found themselves on opposite sides once again. A...

Ryan Grim

Obama Hits Wealthy On The Runway | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For the most part, the super wealthy are not directly affected by cuts to government services. Private security guards, private schools ...

Jason Linkins

Politico Articles On Sequestration Effects Ignore Actual Impact On Public | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics

One thing that's important to understand is that sequestration is doing exactly what it was designed to do -- slowly grind away at the basic services ...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Pennsylvania District Protests Toll Of Sequestration Cuts | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

As most congressional lawmakers spend Easter recess hosting town halls and fundraising, Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-Pa.) plans to highlight the impact ...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Guts Program For Low-Income Children | Sam Stein | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing budget cuts caused by sequestration, a Head Start program near Fayetteville, Ark., has decided to take the dramatic step of closi...

Jason Linkins

Alan Grayson Reads HuffPost Article Into The Congressional Record | Jason Linkins | Posted 03.15.2013 | Politics

After Zach Carter and I wrote our article about how the glorification of the Dow Jones Industrial Average's new highs masked a whole host of larger co...

Common Ground for Aircraft Carriers and Health Care

Peter Merriman | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Peter Merriman

When disagreeing parties attempt to compromise, the first step is to find common ground. Perhaps the Democrats and Republicans have stumbled on a tiny patch of common ground and failed to recognize it.

From the Sequester to Jay-Z: Is This Okay Anymore?

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 05.12.2013 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

It is now that we need to pass our time seriously. This sort of behavior is not only unnecessary, but also just downright deleterious. Do we really want people like Sen. Paul populating our halls of power?

Think of Sequestration as an Unhealthy Fad Diet

Mary Buffett | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Mary Buffett

Sequestration is yet another in a long series of fad diets that Congress has produced because the Republican leadership is unable to move beyond their ideology and solve things in practical terms.

The Grand Bargain We Don't Need

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It isn't Social Security and Medicare that are killing other social programs, but Republican refusal to support them. The ratio of public debt to GDP is roughly stable for the next decade. If we begin making cuts now, whether in Social Security and Medicare, or in other outlays, we will slow the recovery. That will only worsen the debt ratio over the long term, and at a depressed level of economic output. Republicans do resist higher taxes, but at times Democrats have prevailed in raising taxes on the rich -- with the full support of the voters. President Clinton managed it in 1993, and even President Obama, though he settled for too skimpy a bargain, got Republicans to vote for a $630 billion tax hike on the top one percent last January. Faced with a choice of cuts in Social Security and Medicare or tax increases on the wealthy, polls show that most voters opt for the taxes.