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Patrick Svitek

GOP Lawmakers Push Romney To Embrace Revenue Hikes | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney is stuck between a fiscal cliff and a hard-right place. On one side are unwavering conservatives who want their presumpti...

Dems Reject 'Inappropriate' Graham Move

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rejected a Republican effort to force defense contractors to send out notices of possible job layoffs four days before ...

Joy Resmovits

Bigger Classes Preferred Over Randomly Chosen Teachers, Survey Claims | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.02.2012 | Education

As school districts suffer from increasing costs and not enough cash, only 11 percent of Americans are willing to pay more in taxes to fund communitie...

Patrick Svitek

White House Budget Chief: Don't Send WARN Act Layoff Notices Before 'Fiscal Cliff' | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

The latest chapter in budget cut politics opened Wednesday as the Obama administration's top fiscal guru stood by federal direction that some companie...

Patrick Svitek

Romney Campaign Keeping Obama's Leadership In Spotlight As 'Fiscal Cliff' Looms | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.31.2012 | Politics

One of Mitt Romney's top surrogates in national defense on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to "step up and provide some leadership" on how to ave...

The GOP/Lockheed Martin "Layoff Notice" Hoax - We'll Need Some "E. Coli Notices" If It Succeeds

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 09.29.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The defense industry and its Republican allies in Congress are up in arms -- metaphorically speaking, of course -- over the possibility that an agreement which the GOP signed might actually take effect as agreed.

Patrick Svitek

Swing State Senate Democrats Ignore GOP Roadshow On Defense Cuts | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

Thanks, but no thanks. That's the message some Democratic lawmakers are sending to Senate Republican hawks as they hit the road to warn constituent...

Defense Dept. Cuts Could Hit Civilian Workforce

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of civilian employees in the Defense Department could receive warnings about potential layoffs four days before the No...

Patrick Svitek

Top Republican Says More Attention Could Be Paid To Democrats' Sacred Cows | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Worry less about looming defense budget cuts, and more about the ones that will hurt regular people and families, leading Democrats argu...

Joy Resmovits

Duncan: Looming Cuts 'Playing Chicken With The Lives Of The American People' | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.25.2012 | Education

Schools, HIV testing, childcare and unemployment programs are all "under threat" as across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, are scheduled to st...

Obama Promises Vets Their Benefits Won't Be Cut

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.23.2012 | Politics

Hoping to allay the concerns of military veterans, President Barack Obama told members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Monday that their Department...

Buck Mckeon's Big Job Scare Goes Bust

Winslow T. Wheeler | Posted 09.22.2012 | Politics
Winslow T. Wheeler

As the economic news continued to show poor job growth, Rep. Buck McKeon, and defense contractor Lockheed-Martin saw a major opportunity to protect the defense budget and their bottom lines.

Patrick Svitek

Defense Contractors OK With Tax Hikes To Save Their Bottom Line | Patrick Svitek | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Executives for some of the leading defense industry corporations told Congress on Wednesday that tax hikes should be among the remedies ...

Voters Reject Major GOP Argument

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 07.18.2012 | Politics

New survey data released on Monday show that voters from both parties support large cuts to the Pentagon budget, dealing a potential blow to Republica...

Budgets and Children: A Total Disconnect

Elaine Weiss | Posted 09.10.2012 | Education
Elaine Weiss

Two recent reports highlight the disturbing chasm between the irrefutable evidence of the need for more investment in children -- particularly low-income and minority children and young children -- and Congress' insistence on ignoring it.

The Guerilla Warfare of Pentagon Contractors

Ben Freeman | Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics
Ben Freeman

Defense contractors, in their relentless campaign to avoid reductions in Pentagon spending and, consequently, the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars they receive every year, have started taking hostages -- their own employees.

Small Contractors Are Getting Screwed

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.19.2012 | Small Business

It's tough out there for a small contractor -- especially when you don't get the work you thought you were going to get. Almost a third of subcontr...

Dem Senator Challenges GOP

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 08.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Republicans determined to spare the military from devastating across-the-board spending cuts – presidential candidate Mitt Ro...

Max J. Rosenthal

Veterans Shielded From Massive Budget Cuts | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Office of Management and Budget, a White House agency, ruled on Monday that the Department of Veterans Affairs would be exempt from ...

50/50 Split on Defense/Non-Defense Cuts the Result of GOP's No-Tax Position

Bob Greenstein | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

If Congress backs away from the automatic cuts in defense that the Budget Control Act calls for, the GOP will have little incentive to negotiate a balanced deficit-reduction deal. Their top priorities, tax cuts and defense programs, will both be protected

Better Than Failure: Super Committee Can Set Up a 'National Referendum,' Avoid Sequestration

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.21.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The Super Committee can still salvage something that, for a Congress whose approval rating is just slightly north of Fidel Castro's, would actually make the American people feel empowered.

Ryan Grim

The Super Lie Behind The Super Congress | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 12-member super committee created to slash the federal deficit is powered by the threat that if it doesn't come up with $1.2 trillio...

Green Coal

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Craig K. Comstock

Unless techniques for sequestering carbon dioxide are both thorough and economical, the price of continuing to burn coal would be very high.

Weekly Mulch: For Cancun Climate Summit, Activists Consider the Long View

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger A year ago, it seemed possible--likely, even--that President Barack Obama would sweep into the internation...