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Ending Wars on Time Would Save $200 Billion, 1/6 of Debt Reduction Goal

Robert Naiman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Will a Super Committee plan that we will spend zero money in 2021 on occupying Afghanistan and Iraq be faulted as "not supporting the troops"? I'd love to see that. Bring it on.

Jason Linkins

Biden In Trouble For Not Condemning China's 'One-Child-Per-Family' Policy | Jason Linkins | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden has bought himself a controversy boomlet after briefly commenting on China's draconian one-child-per-family policy without strenuously condemning it, or single-handedly putting an end to it, or something.

Nothing Should Be More Important Than Creating Jobs in America

Rep. John D. Dingell | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Rep. John D. Dingell

Congress must not stop focusing on job creation to instead only concentrate on the budget deficit detour while countless Americans are looking for work.

Republican Congressmen Will Push For Balanced Budget Amendment

AP | By ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 10.22.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As a "supercommittee" tries to find $1.5 trillion in new deficit cuts this fall, Republicans will be pressing a far more ambitious goal:...

Panetta Issues Gag Order

AOL Defense | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has moved to gag all communications between the Pentagon and Congress on the highly sensitive issue of the congressiona...

As Washington Tightens Its Belt, Kids Get Squeezed

Mark Shriver | Posted 10.19.2011 | Politics
Mark Shriver

At this moment, we can't only ask our politics to be less divided by ideology, we must also insist that it be less divided by generation. If we fail, the news of child poverty ten years from now will be even worse than today.

Super Committee Members are Major Recipients of Oil Company Contributions

Josh Nelson | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Josh Nelson

One simple way to reduce the deficit would be to eliminate federal subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas companies. Unfortunately, the committee's members are highly unlikely to even consider making big oil pay its fair share.

Pentagon's Scare Campaign Based On Budget Spin, Not Facts

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

The Pentagon and their war industry allies are mounting an aggressive, fear-based campaign of hyperbole and spin to scare Congress away from cuts that could affect contractor profits.

Elise Foley

Super Congress Member Fred Upton: No Cuts To Social Security Benefits | Elise Foley | Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Deficit super committee member and Republican Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) said Tuesday he will oppose any Social Security benefit reductio...

Some Groups May Want Congressional Gridlock On Key Issue

Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press (AP) WASHINGTON — Gridlock, as much as it's derided, may be the best outcome for the elderly, health care provider...

This Economy Needs a Little More Elvis, a Lot Less Milton Friedman

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business
Richard (RJ) Eskow

In a week that marked the 34th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, it's once again time to sing his old hit: "We need a little less conversation, a lot more action."

GOP Senator: 'Good Thing I Can't Pack A Gun On The Senate Floor'

Posted 10.18.2011 | Politics

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) blasted Congress for America's financial troubles and predicted that the debt ceiling agreement would unravel this fall, cal...

John Kerry, The Lazy Senator Who Would Not Learn

Dean Baker | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

It is more than a bit infuriating that Senator Kerry and his colleagues are now lecturing the country on the need for hard economic choices. If they could have been bothered to do their jobs just a few years ago, we would not be in this situation today.

Alex Becker

The Super Congress's Super Donors | Alex Becker | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics

All eyes in Washington are on the 12 members of the new congressional supercommittee charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions over a d...

Higher Retirement Age? Lower Benefits? The President Says You Won't "Notice"

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

All Americans should be concerned about their financial future under the kind of plan President Obama is proposing for Social Security.

President's Town Hall Remarks on Social Security Contradict Current Policies

Daniel Marans | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Daniel Marans

President Obama said that Social Security is not an "entitlement," or a "driver of the deficit or debt," at a Minnesota Town Hall meeting on Monday. Then why is he allowing a Super Committee charged with deficit reduction to address the program?

Amanda Terkel

Newt Gingrich Hits 'Washington Elites' | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich likes to portray himself as an outsider, shunned from the exclusive inner circles of Washington, D.C. -- despite having on...

Debt "Super Committee" Members Deadlocked on Exactly How They Will F**k Things Up

Spencer Green | Posted 10.15.2011 | Comedy
Spencer Green

"I'm sure the Super Committee will arrive at some explanation for utter failure that is ludicrous enough to be acceptable to all Americans."

Shooting the Wounded

Gary Hart | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

"Shooting the wounded" came to mind when credentialed economists, a number from previous Republican administrations, appeared after the hangman of debt default was narrowly escaped. Suddenly, a consensus emerged in the economic community.

For 'Super Congress' Members, 'Doomsday' Cuts Loom Large

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 10.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For the dozen lawmakers tasked with producing a deficit-cutting plan, the threatened "doomsday" defense cuts hit close to home. Th...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 10.13.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the continuing riots in London once again demonstrated the power of social media, for good and for bad: rioters used BlackBerry Messenger to organize their mayhem, but @riotcleanup on Twitter has drawn throngs of people to efforts to restore ravaged neighborhoods. In Wisconsin, voters gave walking papers to two Walker-aligned GOP state senators, but Democrats fell short of recalling the three Republicans needed to take control. In Iowa, all the GOP candidates indicated they would reject a hypothetical deficit reduction deal with a spending cut vs. revenue increase ratio of 10 to 1 -- even following a week in which jittery investors on Wall Street sent a clear message that they are more worried about a weak economy than reducing the deficit. And, in Washington, the announcement of the members of the Congressional debt-reduction "super committee" proved that truth in labeling laws don't apply to politics.

Advice to the Special Budget Committee: Go After Tax Evaders, Spare Seniors

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Before it even thinks about cutting programs that literally keep people alive, the congressional special committee should make sure that the IBMs and General Electrics of the world pay their fair share.

Debate Losers: How GOP Frontrunners and Obama Keep Getting It Wrong

Maegan Carberry | Posted 10.12.2011 | Politics
Maegan Carberry

The key takeaway from the GOP debate is that a lot of journalists and candidates need to ask themselves whether these nights of political theater will ever truly reflect what it will take to win not just the votes, but the hearts and commitments of Americans.

'Super Committee' of Doom: Who'll Protect Us From the Extremists?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

There's a reason why the Super Committee was designed to bypass normal democratic processes. The public hates what it's trying to do. And so do policy experts who understand how destructive their cuts would be to an already-wounded economy.

Amanda Terkel

New 'Super Congress' Will Have Just One Woman Member | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women comprise more than half of the population of the United States. Yet Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) will be the only woman sitting on ...