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Here Is What Unifies Congress

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of politi...

Lockheed Martin's Herculean Efforts to Profit From Defense Spending

Jeremiah Goulka | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics
Jeremiah Goulka

To be fair, the Air Force did request some C-130s. Thanks to Senator McCain, the Government Accountability Office did a study of how many more C-130s the Air Force requested between 1978 and 1998. The answer: Five. How many did Congress add on? 256.

The Presidential Inaugural Ticket Sweepstakes

J.H. Snider | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics
J.H. Snider

Congressional offices have been inundated with requests for the free tickets. Many offices have responded by claiming they are allocating their tickets by lottery. Sounds fair, doesn't it?

Andrea Stone

Why Rural Senators Want A Big Nuclear Arsenal | Andrea Stone | Posted 04.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- North Korea's failed rocket launch and new arms talks with Iran have thrust the issue of nuclear proliferation back into the headlines. ...

GOP Senate Candidate Learns Valuable Lesson About 'Pork'

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics

In an effort to draw attention to government spending, former Wisconsin congressman Mark Neumann brought a live pig to a press conference to symbolize...

Why the Tea Party Is Doomed to Fail

Andrew Veselka | Posted 01.18.2012 | College
Andrew Veselka

There is a major flaw in the Tea Party's over-simplistic plan to fix America: it is impossible to actually implement.

Tea Party Lawmakers' Spending Hypocrisy Revealed

Newsweek | Daniel Stone | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Republican leadership's tether to the Tea Party, flutters the hearts of the government-bashing, budget-slicing ...

Will Boehner's Pork Project Be the Next Solyndra?

Elliott Negin | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Elliott Negin

John Boehner thinks new energy sources should "stand on their own" But he apparently doesn't feel the same way about "old" energy sources -- namely oil and gas, coal, and nuclear -- which have been sucking on the federal teat for more than 50 years.

The Bridge to Nowhere-Except-Your-Wallet Keeps Chugging Along

David Boaz | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
David Boaz

Remember Alaska's "bridges to nowhere" that created a flurry of controversy in 2005 and then were an issue in the 2008 presidential race? They became national symbols of earmarks and wasteful spending. But boondoggles are hard to kill.

What The Feds Know About Cutting Waste -- And Why They Don't Succeed

AOL Government | Posted 09.11.2011 | Politics

A recent survey of government employees revealed that federal workers have a strong desire, and many ideas, on how government needs to be restructured...

The Contract Society: It's Time to Become Citizens Not Customers

Terry Newell | Posted 05.28.2011 | Politics
Terry Newell

Welcome to the contract society. In the contract society, "citizens" have become government's "customers," and they judge government by how satisfied they are with what they get.

Familiar Recipe Cooking Once Again

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

We've tasted this recipe before. A crisis is created. Panic is fomented by politicians, pundits, media, business and others. "Something must be don...

Earmark Reform: Building a Bridge to Somewhere

Melanie Sloan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Melanie Sloan

Over the past Congress, both parties have tried to outdo each other in cutting back on earmarks, but at this point, neither party has proposed a workable long-term solution to the problem.


Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (Associated Press) - Gov. David Paterson tried to deliver his budget bill to the Legislature on Monday morning, but the Assembly and Sena...

Congress Slashed Earmarks In 2009: White House Analysis

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress obtained about 2,000 fewer pet projects for their home states last year, according to a White House analysis re...

Obama Pushes Bill To Cut Earmarks, Wasteful Spending

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent legislation to Congress on Monday that would allow him to force lawmakers to vote on cutting earmarks a...

John McCain Calls For More Sweeping Ban On Earmarks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

At the end of a week when House Republicans agreed to suspend all forms of earmark carve-outs on next year's spending bills, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz....

Republican Earmarks: Fool Me Twice?

Scott Lilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Congressional Republicans seem to hope that no one will remember what they said about earmarks before they won control of Congress and what they did about them after they were in charge.

Corporate Earmark Ban: House Dems Plan To Cut Earmarks From Spending Bills

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)- House Democratic leaders announced Wednesday that they will ban the much-criticized practice of using annual spending bills to direct...

Members of Congress Have Violated Their Oath of Office

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

All members of Congress take an oath that includes these words: "I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter." Most -- maybe all -- have violated that pledge.

Republicans Top Earmark Spending List

Politico | JAKE SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The top earmarkers in both the House and Senate are Republicans, even after the GOP has spent much of the past year making fiscal restraint and runawa...

Why Your Representatives Should Make You Mad as Hell

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Congress should be America's representative body, yet too many of its members bear little resemblance to those they have been elected to represent.

Senate/Assembly Pork: Who's Getting the Choicest Cuts?

Times Union | Times Union | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Under Democratic control of the Senate, upstate lost nearly $26 million in member items, the discretionary grants doled out by legislators commonly ca...

Stimulus Has Millions In Spending On Actual Pork, Ham

New York Post | GEOFF EARLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Millions of dollars for pork. No, we mean actual pork. The NY Post reports today that the government is going on a stimulus spending "deli run," with ...

Gates Grounds the Airborne White Elephant Laser

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Now reporting to President Obama, who favors weapons programs that are effective and affordable, Gates is finally free to say that many of these programs don't work.