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Pork Barrel Spending

Congress Porks Out On TARP: VOTE For The Worst Expenditures

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Congress just can't help itself with the pork. Last fall, with the elections looming and the politicians anxious to get back to their districts to c...

How Obama Will Keep Michigan Blue in 2010

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

If the Republicans win the governorship here, the national media will trumpet that as an Important Trend. And a sign of the president's impending doom in 2012.

John McCain and the Tale of the Earmarks

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Bamberger

Senator McCain (or his staff) is on a Twitter campaign to convince us that he has our budget interests at heart and that the Democrats are going on a wild earmark spree.

Pssst, They're Stealing from You. Again.

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

Despite our president's pledge to ban all earmarks, the Omnibus spending bill is loaded with ridiculous, wasteful projects that have absolutely nothing to do with keeping the federal government operating.

Media Focus On Earmarks Allows Omnibus Opponents To Control Debate

Media Matters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Numerous media outlets have devoted significant coverage to the earmarks contained in the pending omnibus appropriations bill, even though, according ...

McCain Talks 'Pork,' Voters Think 'Bush!'

Jeffrey Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Feldman

Nowadays, when Americans think about profligate spending, they do not think about Democrats. Instead, when voters talk about grossly excessive government spending, they talk about Bush.

Flashback: Steve Carrell Nails McCain On Pork-Barrelling

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Back when the media was allowed to question him, a certain sharp-eyed journalist caught McCain on not always being so maverickly anti-earmark.

Proposed Obama Ad: "Make Them Famous"

Greg Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Saunders

The consensus seems to be that Obama needs to stop playing defense, define Sarah Palin, and take the fight back to John McCain. These seem like contradictory goals, but here's a suggestion for an ad.

Sarah Palin: Resuscitating the Fourth Estate

Cindy Handler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Cindy Handler

There's been a shocking amount of credulousness in the media's willingness to swallow what the administration feeds them, without investigating original sources first to see if it's true.

The Real Sarah Palin Scandal

Robert Silvers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Silvers

The real scandal for John McCain's V.P.-to-be is that Palin has exhibited a voracious appetite for the very congressional earmarks and pork barrel spending that John McCain has made a signature issue of trying to stamp out.

Bipartisanship Thrives -- At Least When it Comes to Earmarks

Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

Earmarks are back on the scene. Despite repeated attempts to kill the industry, or at least weaken it, the current House defense authorization bill contains almost $10 billion dollars of red ink.

GOP Reelection Strategy: Pork Barrel Spending

Washington Post | Chris Cillizza And Ben Pershing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Faced with one of the worst national political environments in modern political history, Republican incumbents are turning to a tried-and-true approac...

Clinton Earmarks Land Her In Top Ten In Senate

Washington Post | Paul Kane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure more than $340 million worth of home-state projects in last year's spending bills, placing her among the top...

Even Robert Novak Admits: GOP Still Loves Pork

Washington Post | Robert Novak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When House Republicans convene behind closed doors today at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., they have a chance to make two bold...