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Evangelicals Push Back On Proposed Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned C...

Are House GOP Freshmen Seriously Interested In Cutting the Defense Budget?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

By Nick Schwellenbach, crossposted with POGO There is no shortage of headlines with a variation on a theme such as: "Tea Party Declares War on Milita...

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Cut Aid for Poor People, Not Israel

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

As Republicans and Democrats propose cuts in programs that actually benefit their constituents, they agree there's one area of the budget that's not to be touched: the annual $3 billion subsidy taxpayers provide to the Israeli military.

A New Budget Without Truth or Courage -- It's Time to Speak to a Larger Audience

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Obama clearly wants to score points with moderates and independents, but these are points that will likely never be tallied. Conservatives will never think he has cut enough, while progressives rightly deplore the ongoing "cavings in."

GOP Freshmen Test Mandate To Shrink Government

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Asked how long the House would need to finish legislation cutting $61 billion in government spending, the most powerful Republican ...

Chicken Littles Vindicated; Budget Hawks Don't Care: Part 1

William S. Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
William S. Becker

There will come a time when nature metes out such sustained and brutal punishment that even the most cynical deniers will have to acknowledge climate ...

The F Word: Obama Should Be Ashamed of His Budget

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

While around 22 million Americans are looking for work, domestic spending will be at its lowest level since Dwight Eisenhower? We should be ashamed to let our president get away with this.

Budget Season Overview

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Democrats in the last Congress could have passed the 2011 budget, but they did not. They punted, leaving the door open for Republicans to do what they will with the budget for both this year and for FY 2012.

20 Life Lessons Learned From Shopping

Lillian Daniel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lillian Daniel

Be grateful for what you have. Sometimes we search for the treasure out there when it is already waiting for us back at home.

Higher Education: Great State of the Union Material, Even Better Public Policy

Lindsay McCluskey | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Lindsay McCluskey

The current debates over discretionary spending are threatening the strength of President Obama's resolve to "lead the world in college graduation rates by 2020."

American Consumers: Increasingly Cheery -- And Willing To Spend

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As president Obama prepares to address the nation in tonight's State of the Union, he'll be speaking to an increasingly cheery group of American consu...

State of the Union Predictions

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Obama is likely to lean more heavily on "reaching out" to Republicans. He knows full well that if anything legislative is going to get done in the next two years, Republicans are going to have to be on board.

Farm Subsidies Highlight The Hypocrisy Of Anti-Spending Politicians

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Many Republicans who swept rural Democrats from office are now confronting the reality of a promise to reduce spending: Should it c...

The G.O.P.'s Fiscally-Conservative Frauds

Susan J. Demas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Susan J. Demas

Repealing the new national health care reform law will explode the national deficit by $230 billion by 2021. Tea Partiers must be pretty sore at these charlatans of fiscal conservatism.

The F Word: Leaving the People Out of the Debate

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

It's not just the unemployed we don't tend to see on U.S. TV. Take public workers. They're in the news every day, but it's not actually them. It's people talking about them.

Big Companies Set For Best Fourth Quarter Ever

The Huffington Post | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as unemployment remains high and Americans' finances slowly mend, big companies may be set for their most profitable fourth quarter on record. ...

Afghan War's 9th Anniversary: U.S. Nears Decade Of Fighting

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — It's make-or-break time in Afghanistan. The war enters its 10th year Thursday, and this is no ordinary anniversary....

The F Word: Why Tax When You Can Freeze?

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Although that $2 billion Obama estimates he'll save in freezing federal employees' wages sounds like a lot of money, it isn't. Compare it to the $700 billion that we handed over to Wall Street.

Getting the Government We Deserve

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Henry Mintzberg

Americans revere business as a pillar of the country's individualistic democracy. But in a world requiring a decent if not dominant public sector, that means they'll get the government they deserve -- not the one they need.

Tea Party at the Pentagon?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Feffer

The only likely tea party in the Pentagon's future will be a sedate affair, when Republican leaders sit down with Pentagon heavies over a pot of Earl Grey and discuss how to keep U.S. military spending at the highest levels possible.

The President Is Dispiriting: He Still Doesn't Get It

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

We can't rely on the President to do what's right. He just does. We have to be right. The nation depends on our autonomy and determination. Anything else could literally mean the end of our democracy.

Three Good Things for Progressives to Take From the Midterm Election Results

Mitchell Bard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

It's been easy for the Republicans to spend the last two years demonizing and obstructing the president. Well now the GOP has a share of the power, and they can no longer just sit back and throw rocks.

Weekly Audit: Your Vote, Your Economy--Why Today's Election Matters to Your Pocketbook

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

Weekly Audit: Your Vote, Your Economy--Why Today's Election Matters to Your Pocketbookby Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger Election Day is ...

LESS at Stake This Election Than Ever Before (VIDEO)

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If Tea Party candidates are elected and slash government, it's we the American people who will bleed. Especially in tough times -- amidst an economic ...

The F Word: WikiLeaks and War Spending

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Last week we spoke to Ethan McCord, who featured prominently in the first bombshell release from WikiLeaks. On Friday there came another massive revel...