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Possible Gulf Oil Spill Litigation Prompts White House To Ask Congress For $10 Million

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The White House is asking Congress to approve $10 million for potential litigation costs arising from the oil spill in the Gulf of ...

Scientific Innovation Should Be Highly Prized

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

The use of challenges and prizes is important for the sciences, because they can promote promising ideas, build networks, and encourage contestants to learn new skills.

Peter Orszag Leaving? Budget Director May Exit Soon, Bloomberg News Reports

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

White House Budget Director Peter Orszag may become the first member of Barack Obama's cabinet to leave, Bloomberg reports. Orszag will make his deci...

To Be, or Not to Be, Inherent: That is the Question

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

There are two words which strike fear in the hearts of all those who follow the private contracting issue. And by private contractors I just don't mea...

Spending, Spending Everywhere but not a Dollar to Cut

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Liberson, PhD

Our country has a crippling addiction - public spending. Earlier this week, the President announced that he was going to ask each government agency t...

OMB puts its thumb on the scale against the environment

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

The Office of Management and Budget's effort runs counter to the administration's strong and positive agenda on energy efficiency, renewable energy and the environment in general.

Congress Must Act Now to Reform P2P Networks

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

We have allowed P2P software developers to voluntarily regulate themselves but they have failed. Congress must act now to implement the proper safeguards to protect the American people.

Cashing in the War Dividend: The Joys of Perpetual War

Jo Comerford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jo Comerford

The tired peace dividend tug boat left the harbor two decades ago, dragging with it laughable hopes for universal health care and decent public education. Now, the mighty USS War Dividend is preparing to set sail.

Meltdown 101: A Closer Look At The Huge Budget Deficit Estimates

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Get ready to hear a lot of huge numbers Tuesday: The Obama administration is expected to boost its estimate of the federal deficit ...

Debunking the Half-Baked "Cookie Conspiracy"

Leslie Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leslie Harris

The White House Office of Management and Budget is retooling the current federal policy that governs how federal agencies are allowed to place "cookies" on citizens' computers to track their visits to agency web sites.

Stimulus Transparency: Who Ensures the Numbers Are Right?

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ProPublica

When Obama introduced the stimulus, he made a promise of transparency: Every American will be able to see how we spend taxpayer dollars. Like so many noble ideas, that may be easier said than done.

Orszag Vs. CBO: The Battle Over The Budget Gets Personal

MSNBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag accused Congressional Budget Office Director Doug Elmendorf of 'overstepping' in a Web post Sat...

These Health Care Numbers Could Make a Man Sick!

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Not only do the various plans now being considered fail to "bend the curve" of health care spending downward, every one of the plans would send the curve still higher.

Putting a Hold on Compassion

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Politicians should consider a compassionate concern for animals to be a personal and even political asset for candidates for major executive offices.

Federal Contractors Got Billions In Bonuses, Despite Performance: Report

washingtonpost.com | Steve Vogel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Federal agencies have awarded billions in bonuses to contractors regardless of whether the work was deemed satisfactory, according to a Government Acc...

Rankings Offer Congress Insider View of Federal Agencies

Max Stier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Max Stier

If our legislative leaders really want a clearer picture of what's going on within the executive branch, they would be wise to listen closely to the opinions of government employees.

Semantically Correct ... Entirely Misleading

A. Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
A. Siegel

When the director of an organization weighs in (quickly) to discuss reporting of an organizations work, that often suggests that the reporter just didn't get it.

Sunstein's Past Record Of Lax Regulation

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

How would progressives respond if President Bush nominated as "regulatory czar" a person who: - Once called for changing the Clean Air Act to require...

Peter Orszag: Obama's Budget Director - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

***Check back for updates! For the latest on Obama's cabinet, check out HuffPost's Obama Cabinet Big News Page!*** ***UPDATE*** 11/25 1230PM ...

The Banking Scandal: Repeating the Same Mistakes and Expecting Different Results

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Reese Schonfeld

The President and Congress have finally allowed us to allocate $700 billion to a policy, about whose success they are, at least reasonably, doubtful. They should enact new regulations.

Did You Give at the Office?

William Fisher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Fisher

In the name of "Global War on Terror," the U.S. Government is waging war on non-governmental organizations, forcing them to "operate within a legal regime that weakens civil society."

President Bush Claims Executive Privilege in EPA Investigation

Janet Ritz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Ritz

Today the President has asserted executive privilege to prevent the Committee from learning why he and his staff overruled EPA.