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Sam Stein

Reid Vote Delayed To Sunday As Hints Of Deal Emerge | Sam Stein | Posted 09.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A final Senate vote on raising the nation's debt ceiling was put off 12 more hours as the two sides inched toward a long-sought agreemen...

Jon Ward

Bachmann Says Washington Is 'Deceiving' American People In Debt Ceiling Debate | Jon Ward | Posted 09.27.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann on Thursday said the debt ceiling debate is just the latest chapter in a long history...

The Federal Budget Cannot Be Balanced on the Back of America's Lands and Waters

Mark Tercek | Posted 09.23.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

Conservation did not cause the budget deficit and cutting conservation cannot fix the deficit.

Boehner's Market Signals? Did August 2 Just Become Tomorrow?

Steve Clemons | Posted 09.22.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Unbelievable. The scripting of this high stakes drama between House Speaker John Boehner balancing the White House on one side and the never compromise, never surrender Tea Party on the other keeps getting better and better.

Unmasked: Now We See the Real Obama

The Relentless Conservative | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
The Relentless Conservative

Recently, like a petulant child told no repeatedly by his parents, Obama has allowed Americans a rare glimpse behind his mask. The facade of Hope & Change has quickly turned into one of Demands & Threats.

Cutting Conservation Cannot Fix the Deficit

Mark Tercek | Posted 09.14.2011 | Green
Mark Tercek

Conservation spending did not cause the budget deficit and cutting conservation cannot fix the deficit. The Interior and Environment bill cuts too deeply into conservation programs.

Tyler Kingkade

DOMA Defense: Boehner Complaint Dropped By Watchdog Group CREW | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced he would spend $500,000 to hire an outside law firm to defend the Defense of Marriage...

Obama's Ultimatum: What the President Should Say to America, and Republicans

Sally Kohn | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

As President of the United States of America, I have put the economic needs of our entire nation ahead of the political agenda of my party.  At times of great urgency, that is what great leaders do.

A Debt Ceiling Deal Is Only The Beginning

National Journal | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics

A debt-ceiling deal would be the start, not the end, of an uphill climb to control federal entitlement spending....

Look to '94 Crime Bill to Solve Budget Crisis

Jim Kessler | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics
Jim Kessler

Just as a major deal on an anti-crime package seemed improbable then, a major deal on the budget seems a pipe dream today.

Are You Spoiling Your Kid Out Of Divorce Guilt? Read This

Natalie Pace | Posted 07.30.2011 | Divorce
Natalie Pace

One of the downsides of divorce is the Disneyland Dad. It is a tempting and enjoyable way (for some) to spend "your weekends" with the kids, trying to...

The Debt Threat as Economic Terrorism

Stuart Diamond | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Stuart Diamond

Why would someone threaten to make things a lot worse economically? It's like threatening the family that you will burn down the house unless you get what you want. It's extreme, divisive, destructive.

America Needs To Remember How To Invest in the Future

Steven Cohen | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Steven Cohen

Capital budget alone will not bring about the discipline needed to invest in the future. The public and private sectors must work together to build a sustainable American economy.

Yet Another Poll Shows... Plutocracy Stupid, Democracy Smart

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Here's the thing: what the public wants actually would fix the borrowing. And what the plutocrats want would make it worse. So maybe the public isn't that stupid after all.

NFL Labor Pains: The Spending Problem

Andrew Brandt | Posted 06.19.2011 | Sports
Andrew Brandt

Ultimately, all the legal wrangling and courtroom football of this lockout may defer to the core reality of a good number of players needing to start receiving their checks.

Elise Foley

GOP Leaders: Don't Raise Taxes To Reduce Deficit | Elise Foley | Posted 06.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Less than two hours before a planned speech by the president, top Republicans said they will not support any debt-reduction plan that in...

The 'Surprises' of the Japanese Crisis and the Investment Lessons to Learn

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 10.26.2011 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

Surprise consequences to the earthquake in Japan have revealed significant weaknesses in both the worlds of politics and business and from an investment point of view, there are lessons we can learn.

Ryan Grim

Budget Deal Would Give Pentagon Extra Funds In Exchange For Social Program Cuts | Ryan Grim | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While media attention focuses on the cuts to government spending demanded by House Republicans and broadly accepted by Democrats, the Pe...

Credit Card Debt Is Falling, But Only Because Of Defaults, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Credit card debt fell last year only because of consumer defaults and bank write-offs, a new study argues. In 2010, U.S. credit card debt dropped ...

Winning the Present

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

How lunatic-fringe do the House Republicans have to be before President Obama starts calling them out? These cuts have nothing to do with reasonable fiscal policy -- they are pure ideological retribution against government.

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 ...