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Obama Stimulus Plan

Stimulus Bill Could Provide $105 Million For Illinois Transit Projects

Crain's Chicago Business | Paul Merrion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The House of Representatives added $3 billion in rail and bus system spending to the $825-billion stimulus package Wednesday. [...] Half of the new m...

A Hole Worth Digging?

Dylan Loewe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dylan Loewe

Injured and wayward, the Republican leadership has geared up for a fight it cannot win, against a president who, both in mandate and in institutional advantage, enjoys unmatched power.

Planned Parenthood Rebukes Obama For Removing 'Family Planning' From Stimulus

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President Obama's only been in office for eight days and some of his friends are already steaming mad at him. The president of Planned Parenthood Ac...

Obama's Economic Recovery Plan Is Almost As Pure As Ivory Soap

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

This is the biggest and boldest progressive legislation in 40 years. By all means, register your complaints against the business tax cuts. But don't let that dampen your enthusiasm for this historic measure.

All Tax Cuts are Not Created Equal

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Is Obama so intent on his goal of passing his economic stimulus plan with at least 20-25 Republican votes in the Senate that he will sacrifice good policy for consensus?

Economic Stimulus Bill: Sound Policy vs. D.C. "Bipartisanship"

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Sirota

Why do Democrats seem more interested in attracting majority Republican support they clearly do not need than in passing a bill that uses taxpayer money most effectively to stimulate the economy?

Stimulus Bill Could Yield Nearly $22.3 Billion For Illinois

Crain's Chicago Business | Paul Merrion | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Federal budget experts have identified at least $22.3 billion in tax cuts and increased spending for Illinois in the Obama administration's $825-billi...

TV Media Cited Bogus CBO Report At Least 81 Times

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Last Tuesday, the AP reported on a leaked Congressional Budget Office (CBO) "analysis" that had concluded that "it will take years before an infrastru...

Experts: Obama Stimulus Plan Should Boost Economy

McClatchy | Kevin G. Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Economists think the stimulus plan that the House of Representatives will vote on Wednesday, while far from perfect, will help stimulate the moribund ...

It's Show Time for Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

When it comes to the stimulus plan, the bipartisan honeymoon is unlikely to last, and I'd say good riddance.

McCain Not Satisfied With Stimulus, Wants "Major" Rewrite (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said on "Fox News Sunday" that he would not support the $825 billion stimulus package as written. He argued that the bill cont...

Ryan Grim

House Stimulus Bill (FULL TEXT) UPDATED | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE - February 12: The text of the House/Senate conference report of the stimulus package has been posted online. Here are the links: Text of ...

Obama's Tax Plans Will be up Against a Lot

Stephen Herrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Stephen Herrington

Low incomes are what defines a Third World economy. High incomes are what power and define a First World, prosperous, economy.

House Moves To Bar Blago From Touching Stimulus Funds

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Appropriations Committee voted on Wednesday to bar Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, charged in...

CTA Improvements, Bike Lanes Head List Of Potential Stimulus Projects

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

New bike lanes, reduction of CTA slow zones, and sidewalk and curb ramp improvements are all non-highway projects that could be funded by the $850 bil...

Stimulus Plan Could Give Obama Down Payment On Big Campaign Promises | JACKIE CALMES | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- President-elect Barack Obama is well on his way to finding the silver lining in the economic storm he is inheriting. The two-year, $82...

Another Group Enters Fight To Control City's Chunk Of Federal Stimulus Money

Crain's Chicago Business | Greg Hinz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Another set of hungry folks is bellying up to Barack Obama's fiscal stimulus table. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning is trying to take co...

Clyburn Lobbies For "Artfully Redefined Earmarks" In Stimulus

The Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) has been leading a lobbying effort, directed at the incoming administration, to address the earmark prohibiti...

Rep. Mark Kirk Moves To Redirect Stimulus Money Around Blagojevich

Chicago Tribune | Susan Kuczka | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced today he plans to introduce legislation that would block potentially billions of dollars in federal stimulus fu...

Memo to Obama: Think Bigger

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

There are three serious dangers in the debate about the stimulus package. The first is that President Obama will think too small. The second is that he will think too bipartisan. The third is that the public will be swayed by myths, such as the claim that infrastructure spending just takes too long to gear up, or that the deficit is the paramount problem. Post-partisanship will last only until it's clear that Republicans will try to wreck his presidency -- and they will try.

Ryan Grim

Conservative Bloggers Up In Arms Over GOP Cooperation With Obama | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Congressional Republicans may have forged a fragile peace with President-elect Obama as he pushes his stimulus plan. But they face an insurgency on th...

Guest Post: Sean Stannard-Stockton

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

The theory of change concept makes sense in a static landscape. But it fails in a dynamic landscape, where what you learned on your last trip might not apply this time.

Why Evidence is Essential in Defining the Missions of Non-Profits

Paul Brest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Paul Brest

I believe that a great nonprofit organization is ultimately only as good as its theory of change. There is considerable knowledge about what works and what doesn't work in particular contexts.

Obama Team Using Campaign Tactics To Sell Stimulus Plan

Bloomberg | Lorraine Woellert and Hans Nichols | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

President-elect Barack Obama's top political aides are transplanting their campaign tactics to the policy arena, using data from polls and focus group...

Daley Going Directly To Feds For Funds, Bypassing Springfield

Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says he will make an end-run around state government when it comes to seeking the city's share of the economic stimulus pl...