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Sequester Cuts

How Obama's Politics Led to Sequestration

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

It is easy for progressives to blame the Republicans for the sequestration and to view President Obama as having waged a last-ditch effort against these cuts. This is too easy. Many have been confused by focusing on Obama's eloquent speeches and progressive vision while missing his actual budget policies.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Woodward and Scalia -- Too Big to Care?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgSpitzer and Matalin find consensus on Sequester drama. But were Scalia and Woodward, with lifetime tenure and 16 best-sellers, respectively, blithely misleading in their prominent attacks? Watch Justice John C. Calhoun legislate on voting rights from the bench.

On Sequestration, Give the GOP a Dose of Its Own Medicine

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Every time Republicans mention a "spending crisis," we should remind them that our non-military spending is at historic lows (to say nothing of the fact that they were the ones who busted the federal budget with tax breaks for the rich, and who blocked the only path to significant cost savings, single payer health care.) It would help, as well, to be more forceful in driving home the message that the government spends (wastes) a lot more on tax breaks for the rich than assistance for the poor. The federal government spends about twice as much on the mortgage interest deduction, for example, than low income housing, and provides most of the mortgage interest gift to upper income people who don't need it. Is it really necessary to spend federal dollars (via tax expenditures) subsidizing multi-million dollar second homes?

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell Offer Opposing Sequester Messages

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 03.03.2013 | Politics

House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell offered different views of the sequester cuts that took effect late Friday night...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought the annual post-Oscars debate about whether the show was offensive, boring, edgy, too long, or all of the above. The reviews for DC's mishandling of the sequester were less divided, with pretty much everyone agreeing that it's a self-inflicted disaster -- one President Obama called "dumb," "arbitrary," "unnecessary," and "inexcusable." Alternatives from both sides of the aisle were voted down, but the right solution -- repealing the jobs-and-growth-killing budget cuts -- wasn't even considered. Meanwhile, at least one new job opening was created this week, as ex-Pope Benedict spent the first night of his retirement watching TV reports about his departure. Hopefully he skipped over Bob Woodward's pathetic media appearances, in which he turned a polite email exchange between friends into a threat, or stories about Justice Scalia calling the Voting Rights Act a "racial entitlement" -- a statement far more offensive than anything said during the Oscars. Talk about "seeing a boob."

Sequester Drama Threatens Obama's Second Term Plans

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

* Polls show Obama gets some of the blame in budget crisis * Immigration, gun control could be overshadowed * Romney eme...

Irate Constituents Give Congress An Earful

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, March 2 (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress is getting an earful about the big spending cuts beginning to hit ...

Chelsea Kiene

Sequestration Risks Displacing Thousands Of Low-Income Families, Individuals | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Low-income families, veterans, senior citizens and disabled individuals waiting for assistance under the federal housing voucher program...

Sabrina Siddiqui

Democratic Rep Praises Boehner On VAWA, Criticizes Sequestration | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rarely does House Speaker John Boehner draw high praise from Democrats, but Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) thinks the Ohio Republican des...

Why Sequestration Harms Seniors and Costs Taxpayers

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Two straight years of budget cuts and hiring freezes have crippled Social Security's ability to handle dramatic workload increases, and the additional cuts required under sequestration will cause further erosion.

Will the Lobby Exempt Israel Aid From Sequestration?

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
MJ Rosenberg

As one who believes that the lobby is a bad influence in American life, I suppose I should be glad that the lobby's overreaching is finally being taken note of. On the other hand, I don't like it. The Lobby, despite its claims, does not speak for most American Jews, not by a long shot.

Amanda Terkel

Federal Furlough Notices Go Out As Sequestration Takes Effect | Amanda Terkel | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal employees began receiving furlough notices on Friday, as the deep budget cuts known as sequestration went into effect. More ...

Sequester: The Rise of Republican Anarchists

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Bob Burnett

The president has to hold firm, even if that means shutting down government for a spell. Perhaps then the mainstream Republican Party will expel the radicals and proclaim they are not against government, in general.

Sequestration Sums Up the Failures of Congress

Chris Williams | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Chris Williams

It may take weeks before Congress agrees to end the sequester, but until then, the financial future of America and her citizens swings back and forth like a pendulum.

Rep. Conyers Needs our Support to Kill the Sequestration's Austerity

William K. Black | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business
William K. Black

President Obama can easily break with this strategy of choking our economic recovery by supporting a clean bill that would kill the sequester instead of our economy.

What Is The Sequester?

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics

The sequester is what everyone, at least in Washington, seems to be talking about. But what is sequestration exactly? Set to begin March 1 at 11:5...

Instead of Delays at all Airports, Let's Sequester Congress and Shut Down All Airports Serving D.C.

Peter Scheer | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Peter Scheer

U.S. aviation officials are warning of severe flight delays due to furloughs of air traffic controllers triggered by the sequester's across-the-board budget cuts. I have a better idea.

The Sequester and the Tea Party Plot

Robert Reich | Posted 05.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

The President should let the public see the Tea Partiers for who they are -- a small, radical minority intent on dismantling the government of the United States. As long as they are allowed to dictate the terms of public debate they will continue to hold the rest of us hostage to their extremism.

What Sequestration Means for My School

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Hillary Linardopoulos

We cannot continue to use our students as pawns in a political game. Every day, my students deserve more than what is given to them. It's unconscionable that some members of Congress want to give them even less.

No to Sequestration: It's Time to End 'Government by Crisis'

Rep. Joe Garcia | Posted 04.30.2013 | Miami
Rep. Joe Garcia

I hope my colleagues find it within themselves to compromise and learn how the rest of America works when people disagree and yet want to move forward.

What The Sequester Could Mean To A Six-Week-Old Baby

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

For some people, the looming possibility of sequester cuts may not be much of a concern. But for young mothers and their infants, it's something that ...

When Sequestration Hits, Women and Children Bear Heavy Burden of Cuts

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

The across-the-board cuts that go into effect on Friday are going to impact every American family. But the poor and working families are about to be hit hard.

Children and Schools Will Pay the Price for Sequestration

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Our children -- the future nurses, educators, astronauts, presidents and CEOs who will heal, educate and lead our country -- are counting on Congress to act. And to act now.

Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?

I Just Solved the Sequester!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

What if I offered you -- them -- a solution that scratched both of those itches at once... a way to simultaneously both cut spending and raise revenues? That would be irresistible, right?