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Not at All Conservative

Scott Lilly | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Scott Lilly

For more than a month, the House Republican Conference has largely been able to paper over the deep divide it faces over sequestration. But the old gremlins are beginning to reappear.

Unlikely Allies Find Common Ground -- Can Congress?

Jaimie Woo | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

The American public has seen it all -- a government shutdown for the first time in 18 years, and what seems like the strongest partisan gridlock in history. Well, time is almost up again.

Sam Stein

The Current Budget Negotiations May Actually Result In A Deal

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are close to a breakthrough on a budget deal that would avoid another government shutdown next year and provide relief for seq...

Joy Resmovits

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Fight For Their Son's Education

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- Greg Masucci just wants to hear his little boy say his own name. That's what he tells developmental specialists as he sits in an offi...

Save Lives - End Sequestration!

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York
SidneyAnne Stone

While I am holding out hope that Congress will still do what is right for cancer patients and their families and end the sequester, reinvesting in the fight against this devastating disease, it is not enough.

Sam Stein

Fix The Sequester Or Budget Deal Means Nothing, Obama Allies Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Democratic Party's top think tank is urging lawmakers to accept nothing short of ending sequestration during upcoming budget cuts. ...

Arthur Delaney

Budget Crunch Crunches Lunch

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More older Americans will miss meals and other services as federal spending fails to keep pace with rising need, according to a report r...

Sam Stein

House Republicans Warn About The Next Round Of Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The top Republican appropriators on the Hill warned in a Monday letter against keeping sequestration in place, raising the specter that ...

Congress Must Address the Innovation Deficit

Molly Corbett Broad | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Molly Corbett Broad

It's important to note that prospective graduate students have been particularly hard hit by these cuts, which in many cases prevent them from pursuing the advanced degrees and attaining the skills needed by employers.

Joy Resmovits

'You Can't Get Blood From A Stone' Budget Cuts Hurt Most Vulnerable Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

For American students with disabilities, class sizes are increasing, services are waning and providers are disappearing. More than half of parents who...

Dave Jamieson

Federal Workers Were Miserable Even Before The Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Federal workers are increasingly disenchanted with their jobs and frustrated by their stagnant pay and shrinking resources, according to...

Is This How to Salute a Veteran?

Richard Trumka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Trumka

Today we celebrate Veterans Day. Let's take this opportunity to honor the men and women who have served our nation to protect and defend the freedoms we all enjoy. But we shouldn't just talk about "honor." America's veterans need action, not words.

Sam Stein

Lawmakers Confront Major Sticking Point In Budget Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a group of top lawmakers looks to hammer out a relatively small-bore budget agreement by mid-December, it's becoming increasingly app...

Survived the Battle but Far From Winning the War

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dedrick Muhammad

While our government may be open again, the doors to the robust economic recovery our country seeks remain welded shut.

The Sequester Might Actually Increase the Deficit

Sean McElwee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

The most likely consequence of the sequestration will be be slower growth and lower tax revenues, and it's a distinct possibility that the sequestration could actually increase the deficit.

Rebuild America or Let it Wither

Edward Wytkind | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Wytkind

The U.S. cannot afford much more of this amateur-hour policymaking. The costs to our economy are too great. It is time for a bipartisan agreement to make the necessary long-term investments in transportation systems and infrastructure.

No Wonder We're Stuck in a Slog

Jared Bernstein | Posted 12.31.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The Treasury today released the data for the fiscal year 2013 budget deficit, which amounted to $680 billion, or 4.1 percent of GDP, down about $400 billion from last year's deficit, which was 6.8 percent of GDP. The 2.7 percentage point drop came from 1.5 ppts higher tax receipts and 1.2 ppts lower outlays (both relative to GDP). That's the largest one year decline in the budget deficit since 1969. The deficit is down 6 percentage points of GDP since 2009 -- the largest four-year decline since 1950. We're engaged in a level of budget austerity that would make a European policy maker proud.

Sam Stein

Budget Negotiations Give Scientists Hit By Sequestration Reason To Hope

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With budget negotiations beginning in earnest, top scientific research institutions are pressuring Congress to spare them the continued ...

Arthur Delaney

Automatic Food Stamp Decrease Set For November :(

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Next month food stamp benefits will automatically shrink for all 47 million Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

Lew Calls For Replacing Sequester With Other Spending Cuts

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Thursday said it was "crucial" to close wasteful loopholes in the tax code so the...

The Government Shut Down, But Alzheimer's Did Not

George Vradenburg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
George Vradenburg

When the government re-opened, it failed to address the arbitrary, across-the-board sequester that is systematically weakening the federal research enterprise. This may have superficial appeal on short-term balance sheets, but it's handicapping long-term prospects.

Joy Resmovits

Sequestration Leaves Schools On 'Edge Of Bankruptcy'

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.22.2013 | Politics

Every time the sky opens up and rain pours onto the strawberry fields of rural Stilwell, Okla., Rocky Mountain Public School can count on getting soak...

Ted Cruz's Reality Show Antics Cloak the Real Damage the GOP Has Done

Jason Sattler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jason Sattler

Cruz's relentless angling to make himself the breakout star of the Senate reality show does have a benefit for Republicans.

Peterson Study: Tea Party Extremism Cost Millions of Jobs -- And Risks Millions More

Joe Conason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

The shutdown alone reduced economic activity in the United States by at least $24 billion and cut growth in the current quarter by as much as 0.6 percent. But that is just the beginning of a much grimmer inventory of suffering.

Zach Carter

Why Democrats Might Cave On Social Security Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Sunday opened the door to Social Security cuts as part of a budget deal with congressional Republicans. But...