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Sequester Cuts

Senate Expected To Pass Budget

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

First Senate budget in four years seen passing by Saturday * Vast gulf between Republican, Democratic budget plans * Senate signals support for ...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Guts Program For Low-Income Children | Sam Stein | Posted 03.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Citing budget cuts caused by sequestration, a Head Start program near Fayetteville, Ark., has decided to take the dramatic step of closi...

GOP Chastizes 'Shameful' Obama Administration

Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

By HENRY C. JACKSON, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — House Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of poorly preparing for the $85 bi...

Reading, Writing and Recklessness

Randi Weingarten | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Some of the sequester's harshest cuts target programs that are critical for children who are disadvantaged or have special needs. These actions weren't unavoidable; they were concocted in the halls of Congress.

Sequester: The Prisoners Have Become the Guards

Stanley Hainsworth | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics
Stanley Hainsworth

The newly activated sequester feels very much like the perfect prison. We could walk out of this situation if we wanted to with a friendly handshake or a conciliatory reaching-out, but the prisoners are guarding themselves and only allowing inaction.

Meat Shortage Coming?

Reuters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business

* Furloughs expected to begin in mid-July, total 11 days * Furlough days will be sporadic, none in succession WASHINGTON...

Janell Ross

Sequester Set To Deepen Racial Inequality, Experts Say | Janell Ross | Posted 03.13.2013 | Black Voices

On Capitol Hill, there are two ways that people tend to talk about the sequester -- a slate of automatic federal spending cuts that are difficult but ...

Sequestration To Force Weeklong Closure Of Government Agency

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday said it plans to shut its doors for a total of seven...

The Grand Bargain We Don't Need

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

It isn't Social Security and Medicare that are killing other social programs, but Republican refusal to support them. The ratio of public debt to GDP is roughly stable for the next decade. If we begin making cuts now, whether in Social Security and Medicare, or in other outlays, we will slow the recovery. That will only worsen the debt ratio over the long term, and at a depressed level of economic output. Republicans do resist higher taxes, but at times Democrats have prevailed in raising taxes on the rich -- with the full support of the voters. President Clinton managed it in 1993, and even President Obama, though he settled for too skimpy a bargain, got Republicans to vote for a $630 billion tax hike on the top one percent last January. Faced with a choice of cuts in Social Security and Medicare or tax increases on the wealthy, polls show that most voters opt for the taxes.

Michael McAuliff

Sequestration Makes Government Dumber, Especially On Economy | Michael McAuliff | Posted 03.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Not only do leaders on both sides of the aisle think sequestration is stupid, the automatic spending cuts that went into effect March 1 ...

Sam Stein

Local News Covers Sequestration's Impacts While Washington Focuses On Canceled White House Tours | Sam Stein | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The debate over sequestration this past week has come down to two questions: Was the administration exaggerating the impact of the spend...

Obama 2.0: Time to Make a Mad Dash

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 05.08.2013 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

Many see it as a litmus test for the president's true commitment to the environment: "If Obama "cannot say "no" to Keystone -- the dirtiest of the dirty -- can he say no to anything?

Arthur Delaney

States Scramble To Implement Sequestration's Unemployment Cut | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.08.2013 | Politics

David Robbins of Carlsbad, Calif., has seen the news that federal budget cuts known as sequestration have taken effect and will chop a variety of prog...

We Do Have to Make Choices

Rep. John K. Delaney | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
Rep. John K. Delaney

Do we invest in our future and pay for it by raising revenues, reforming Social Security and Medicare, and trimming other programs? Or do we do nothing, underinvest in our country, and surrender our children's future to a world rapidly changing?

What Happened to the Dreaded 'Fiscal Cliff'?

William Astore | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics
William Astore

What happened? How did "sequestration" -- a banal, bureaucratic, deliberately opaque word -- replace "fiscal cliff" in the media and in Congress?

How Sequester Will Affect Our Meat

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 03.05.2013 | Business

Of all the possible consequences of the U.S. budget sequestration that popped up in the media before Friday's deadline, few provoked as much fear and ...

When Is Federal Debt Not a Burden?

Harlan Green | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Harlan Green

It is very basic economics 101. Just cutting spending doesn't reduce debt without also investing in future growth.

Emily Swanson

Who Would Americans Spare From Budget Cuts? | Emily Swanson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

Americans are much more likely to think the across-the-board cuts known as sequestration will have a major impact on federal workers, members of the m...

'F*cking Incompetent!'

Posted 03.05.2013 | Comedy

The sequester cuts have gone through, which means Jon Stewart has a fresh cup of "are you f*cking kidding me" to throw in congress' face on our behalf...

GOP Seeks To Avert Some Cuts, Not Others

Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Republicans controlling the House are moving to take the roughest edges off across-the-board ...

What the Sequester Will Do to California Summers

Jennifer Peck | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Peck

For California schools, the consequences of the sequester mean broad spending cuts to public school systems that will hit low-income children the hardest.

Invest in Innovative Solutions That Work for Children and Families

Michele Jolin | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Michele Jolin

Investing in what works is a long-term economic growth strategy designed to strengthen our future workforce. It just makes sense, particularly as we look to find cost-effective ways to ensure that our nation's children receive the education and training that they require to compete globally.

What Obama Should Do Now

Robert Reich | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President must reframe the public debate around the future of the country and the investments we must make together in that future, rather than austerity economics.

Unpopular Cuts Look Like They're Here To Stay

Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

By PHILIP ELLIOTT, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON — Despite their unpopularity, those deep federal spending cuts look like they'll be around for...

Obama Offers To Cave In, Hoping Republicans Cave Too

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business

Mark Gongloff is off the newsletter this morning, so today's 7.5 Things are brought to you by Jillian Berman. Thing One: Obama Offers To Cave: It l...