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Obama Stimulus Plan

Condoms and Art are Stimulating (to the Economy); Corporate Tax Cuts Not So Much

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If we want more stimulus, economic and otherwise, we need more funding for the arts and for family planning/safe sex, and less tax cuts for corporations.

Retro-Hooverites All

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Republicans voted against their country today. Their fellow citizens needed them to act on their behalf and instead they chose to abandon them. Theirs is an ersatz patriotism.

Rachel Weiner

Recovery.Gov: Obama Putting Stimulus Package Online

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an address Wednesday, President Obama said that, when the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passes (as it presumably will), taxpayers will be ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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.

Ryan Grim

House Stimulus Bill (FULL TEXT) UPDATED

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

nytimes.com | 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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

Ryan Grim

Conservative Bloggers Up In Arms Over GOP Cooperation With Obama

HuffingtonPost.com | 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's Challenge

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carl Pope

Above all, Obama's inherited a government badly broken by eight years of abuse -- but that government is the only instrument he has to get the job done.