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Defense Department Makes Change On Cuts

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — After weeks of debate and number-crunching, the Defense Department announced plans Tuesday to furlough about 680,000 of its civilia...

Ryan J. Reilly

Sequestration Hits Nazi Jihadist's Sentencing | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The harsh furloughs being faced by federal public defenders because of sequestration are having an impact on the bizarre case of a 20-so...

In Search of the Next Crisis

Bill Schneider | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Bill Schneider

The deficit is going down. Woo-hoo! Let the celebrations begin. Oh, wait. That may not be altogether a good thing. Certainly not for Republicans. They need an out-of-control deficit to bludgeon Democrats into cutting more spending.

Joy Resmovits

Another Federal Agency Avoids Sequester Furloughs | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

As some federal workers face furloughs because of sequestration budget cuts, the U.S. Education Department's approximately 4,700 employees can breathe...

More Blather on Benghazigate

Dennis Jett | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Dennis Jett

From the very first reports of the attack, Republicans have been trying to spin the story to maximize the damage to the president and to the most likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.

Sam Stein

Sequestration Means Less Science | Sam Stein | Posted 05.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When politicians talk about the need to maintain America as the destination for the best and the brightest in science, they probably hav...

Jennifer Bendery

Nancy Pelosi: Annual Mother's Day Trip To Afghanistan Canceled Due To Sequestration | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- This weekend is Mother's Day, and right around this time last year, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was rounding up a grou...

Is Judicial Activism the Panacea for Legislative Inaction?

Anne Stevenson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Anne Stevenson

Recently, there have been a few interesting debates about what can be done to circumvent the harmful effects of sequestration caused by congressional ...

Vital Program Likely To Experience Cuts

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The government's food stamp program, which helps feed 1 in every 7 America, was one of the few programs exempted from this year's automa...

Cell Phone Services Show Broken Buying System

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Why does one governmental agency have 13 different cell phone plans for which it pays varied prices that are higher than commercially available rates? The one take away is that the government clearly is not leveraging its buying power and, as a result, is wasting taxpayer dollars.

Sam Stein

Weather Services Struggle With Sequester On Eve Of Hurricane Season | Sam Stein | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Reeling from budget tightening that is being compounded by sequestration, the National Weather Service has begun making operational deci...

Sequestration Traumatizes Clifford Household

Steven Clifford | Posted 07.07.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

Sequestration continues to ravage the real people: the middle class, the seniors and the first responders as epitomized by the Clifford household.

IPAB Shifts Costs and May Negatively Affect Patient Access

Kenneth Thorpe | Posted 07.07.2013 | Politics
Kenneth Thorpe

Since there is no comprehensive care coordination in traditional Medicare, rates of preventable use of services are high and provide a ripe target for reforms that the IPAB cannot address.

Sequestration Cuts Impacting Air Force's Combat Aircraft

AP | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Air Force officials say the across-the-board spending cuts have led the service to cease operations for one third of the bomber and jet ...

10 Essential (Yet Remedial) Lessons for Political Leaders

David Peck | Posted 07.06.2013 | Politics
David Peck

There are things we can do to deal with our epidemic of leadership incompetence, beyond voting people in and out of office every few years, while complaining between elections about the mess we have on our hands.

BOTH SIDES NOW: 'Stubborn' or 'Stupid' Facts on Boston, Syria, Rogoff?

HuffPost Radio | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

2011-11-29-20111107bothsidesnow.jpgWhile both sides can lapse into "content bias," should the following facts alter pre-conceived views: the Boston bombers were young Muslim men; some sarin gas was detected in Syria; the Reinhart-Rogoff study is flawed? Erick Erickson and Ron Reagan debate.

Dem Congressman Blames 'Legislative Constipation' On Republicans

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) thinks Republicans are doing a number on the nation's body politic. "There's no question that Republicans, at least in...

Jason Linkins

Let's Do It, Let's Repeal The Sequester! | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.04.2013 | Politics

Something awfully troubling has been happening lately in the world. I've been plagued by a nagging sense of ... optimism. As a result, I'm not sure wh...

Children Need to Fly Too: End Sequestration

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Anyone despairing that Congress can't get anything done should note last week's swift vote to get furloughed air traffic controllers back to work. Congress can move very quickly and efficiently when it wants to and when their own comfort and that of constituents well-off enough to fly was affected. Reduced unemployment benefits, children dropped suddenly from Head Start programs, poor mothers and babies losing food supplements, teacher layoffs, and cancelled meal deliveries for seniors didn't move them -- but airport delays as members headed out of town for their April recess were apparently unacceptable.

White House Making Changes To Big Cuts

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House budget office is recalculating how to apply automatic spending cuts for a handful of agencies, freeing up almost $4...

This Department Won't See Furloughs

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite budget cuts requiring most federal agencies to furlough workers, the State Department says it will not have to force any of its ...

April Jobs Report Comes in Better Than Expected

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls increased by 165,000 last month and the unemployment rate ticked down to 7.5 percent, in a jobs report that painted a considerably brighter picture than last month's version.

Why the Sequester Is Working

Gene Marks | Posted 07.03.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

The sequester, which went into effect on March 1, is reality. And believe it or not, it's working too. It is forcing our government to make hard choices and, like generations before, we are being asked to make sacrifices. And this is a good thing. Why?

Jennifer Bendery

Billy Long's Constituents: No, We Don't Want More Cuts | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) raised some eyebrows this week when he said that his constituents want more in sequestration cuts, not less, and...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Forces Doctors To Scale Back Promising Medical Research | Sam Stein | Posted 05.03.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At Temple University in Philadelphia, a group of 22 graduate students and researchers have been exploring ways to help repair the heart ...