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Rackets Science: Obomnibus II, or The Influence Peddlers Protection Act of 2015 (Pt. 2)

Rob Hager | Posted 01.09.2017 | Home
Rob Hager

Obama's presidency has made government far more corrupt. Obama wipes away a tear for the child victims of gun violence at a press conference, but he ...

Why Jon Stewart Fought So Hard For 9/11 Responders

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.25.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- It was Sept. 16, just a few days after the 14th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Over the previous five months, sick and d...

The FY2016 Omnibus Is a Victory for Wildlife

Jamie Rappaport Clark | Posted 12.21.2016 | Home
Jamie Rappaport Clark

Unlike the original House and Senate versions covering the Department of the Interior and related agencies, the combined omnibus legislation was almost free of catastrophic anti-wildlife riders, making it a huge victory for imperiled species and the Endangered Species Act.

5 Horrible Things Congress Just Snuck Into Law

Josh Silver | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home
Josh Silver

In what's become something of a sick annual tradition, members of Congress attached a multitude of riders to this must-pass piece of legislation in an attempt to sneak through deeply unpopular things they could never justify introducing or voting for on their own.

What's The Difference Between Paul Ryan And John Boehner?

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.18.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The $1.1 trillion spending bill had all the hallmarks of a deal former Speaker John Boehner would have cut -- and yet something felt dif...

What You Need To Know About NASA's Extraordinary New Budget Plan For 2016

Casey Dreier | Posted 12.18.2016 | Home
Casey Dreier

After months of delay, Congress unveiled its plans for funding the federal government in 2016. NASA will fare extraordinarily well. The space agency will receive $19.3 billion--nearly $1.3 billion more than it did last year. Congress went to bat for NASA and pulled out a bigger increase than anyone expected.

House Sets Timeline To Help Puerto Rico Handle Fiscal Crisis

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.18.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Democrats' efforts to include debt restructuring powers for Puerto Rico in the House's massive omnibus spending bill on Friday fell shor...

Senate Passes $1.8 Trillion Spending, Tax Package To Fund Government

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON -- In its final act of the year, the Senate sped to pass a $1.8 trillion bill that funds the government until October and extends sweeping ...

House Passes $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.18.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- In a vote that might have said more about the internal divisions of the parties than the House itself, Republicans and Democrats came to...

Here Is The Single Dumbest Thing In The Government Spending Bill

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are thrilled that they were able to fight off conservative riders in a must-pass spending bill to avert a governme...

Nancy Pelosi Not Confident Votes Are There To Pass Critical Budget Deal

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Minutes after throwing her support behind a sweeping year-end bill to fund the government, which Congress needs to pass before it leaves...

Marijuana News From the Budget Bill

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.16.2016 | Home
Chris Weigant

Marijuana legal reforms are now becoming if not commonplace in Washington, at least solidly within the realm of the conceivable. Both Republicans and Democrats are beginning to realize that big changes need to be made in the federal government's decades-long War On Weed.

When It Comes To Corporate Tax Breaks, Congress Stops Caring About The Deficit

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.16.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Apparently the deficit hawks flew south for the winter. At least that's the conclusion that could be drawn from looking at the price tag...

Congress Ready To Pass Massive Spending Bill That Nobody Especially Likes

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.16.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- It took days of closed-door talks, but Congress finally did it: It came up with a massive, $1.1 trillion bill to keep the government fun...

Why Congress Plans To Extend Tax Breaks For NASCAR Tracks, Horse Racing

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 12.16.2015 | Home

American Pharoah may not have won Sports Illustrated's "Sportsperson of the Year" award, but horse racing scored a different type of victory on Tuesda...

Congress Is About To Make Citizens United Even Worse

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.16.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Congress is about to defund any efforts from a key federal agency to require American corporations to publicly disclose their political ...

Lawmakers Finally Reach Deal On Spending Bill, Tax Package

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.16.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- After weeks of closed-door meetings and late-night negotiations, Republicans and Democrats finally reached an agreement Tuesday night on...

Congress Spikes Handout For Private Equity

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.15.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- A major gift for big private equity firms has been removed from a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown, according to sources fa...

Congress Needs Another Stopgap Spending Measure To Avoid Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.19.2016 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The failure of Congress to strike a budget deal Monday night to avert a government shutdown means House and Senate lawmakers will have t...

House Averts Government Shutdown -- For 5 Days

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 12.11.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- With a deadline looming in less than 12 hours, the House laced up its can-kicking shoes Friday and passed a bill that will give congress...

Casino Capitalism Grips Washington

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.11.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Negotiations over a must-pass bill to avert a government shutdown have stumbled on an unlikely roadblock that has nothing to do with gov...

Senate Extends Deadline Again To Prevent Government Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.10.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- The Senate decided by a unanimous voice vote Thursday to keep the government open for five more days, preventing a shutdown -- for now a...

Division Over Riders Forcing Congress To Edge Of Government-Funding Deadline

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.08.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- There is no end in sight for Congress. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have resigned themselves to the fact that they will need to pass a sho...

Congress Is Wrapping A Huge Gift For Private Equity Titans

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 12.09.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Private equity giants Apollo Global Management and TPG Group may turn out to be the biggest beneficiaries of a year-end government fundi...

Paul Ryan: Congress May Not Meet Government Funding Deadline

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 12.07.2015 | Home

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) admitted on Monday that Congress may not meet the December 11 deadline to fund the government. In an in...