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Super Committee Fail Jeopardizes Science Research

Neal Sweeney | Posted 01.31.2012 | San Francisco
Neal Sweeney

In spite of the great benefits of the U.S.'s long-standing commitment to basic science research and the breakthroughs it has enabled, Congress stands poised to undermine this cornerstone of American economic competitiveness.

In the Public Interest: Deficit Reduction That Should Be Easy

Dan_Smith | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

The decision on how we achieve deficit reduction now returns to the full Congress. They can do right by the American people and end wasteful subsidies, close corporate tax loopholes and direct taxpayer money to important public priorities.

Jason Linkins

Thomas Friedman To Obtain Obama's Deficit Reduction Plan He Didn't Think Existed | Jason Linkins | Posted 12.02.2011 | Media

Thank you, Fox News' Ed Henry, for the scoop that Thomas Friedman is at the White House today, and for pointing out that he may, at this minute, finally be in possession of the very deficit proposals that the White House made months ago.

The Failure of the Super Committee and the Dismal Future for Congress

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The super committee, in addition to being a gimmick, was a way for congressional leadership and the White House to put off the decisions that were forced upon them by the debt ceiling debate.

Lynne Peeples

Betting More Than Just The Farm: Public Health, Environment At Stake In 'Farm Bill' | Lynne Peeples | Posted 11.30.2011 | Green

Some U.S. farmers are paid to leave their land wild; others are compensated when weather devastates their cultivated land. Still others receive money ...

10 Reasons the Super Committee Failed

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

As long as the powers that rule in this country see everything as a transaction and every transaction as a "zero sum" negotiation, we will not be able to discover and embrace a transformational paradigm.

Super Committee Occupies My Miami Winter

Daniella Levine | Posted 01.29.2012 | Miami
Daniella Levine

The Super Committee "fails." Occupiers are evicted. Cool weather comes to Miami. How do these relate if at all?

Jason Linkins

How New Coke Explains Why We Should Celebrate The Super Committee's 'Failure' | Jason Linkins | Posted 01.29.2012 | Media

As the congressional super committee deliberated throughout the fall, the media got us locked into this notion that if they were unable to come up with an agreed upon plan, this constituted a "failure," while an approved-by-super-committee strategy for curbing the debt constituted a "success." The problem with that thinking is that there was never any indication that suggested they could deliver an intelligent plan, just as there was never any indication that Coca-Cola's attempt to alter its classic recipe in 1985 wouldn't end up as the unalloyed failure that it did. In both cases, what's been deemed a "failure," for all anyone really knows, may have actually been a dodged bullet.

5 Countries With the Highest Military Expenditure

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The United States spends more on its military than the total spent by the second largest (China), third largest (United Kingdom), fourth largest (France), fifth largest (Russia)... and fifteenth largest (Turkey) combined.

Winning The Debt Battle: Be Careful What You Wish For

Terry Newell | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Terry Newell

Insiders suggest that Republicans and Democrats accepted the latest failure because they concluded it is better to go into the 2012 election cycle with the battle lines clearly drawn. Be careful what you wish for.

99 Percenters Hurt More By Austerity Measures Than The 1 Percent: Study

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Government belt tightening hurts the budgets of the 99 percent more than those of top earners, a recent study finds. Income inequality rises when ...

No Heroic Measures

Adam Neiman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Adam Neiman

We may not be the Greatest Generation but when it comes to creating moral crusades we're the tops. Now we need a moral crusade to die when our time comes.

'What The Hell Are We Paying You For?'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) slammed President Barack Obama at a press conference in Camden, N.J. Monday for the super committee's failure. "...

Sam Stein

Jay Carney On Triggered Cuts To Defense Spending: 'There Is No Wiggle Room' | Sam Stein | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney categorically dismissed on Monday the idea that the president would change the construction of th...

I'm With Stupid: Not So Super, Since You're Asking

Todd Hartley | Posted 01.28.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Editor's note: The following is a transcript of I'm With Stupid's recent conversation with the plaintiff in a contentious legal battle. IWS: Good mor...

Super Committee Ain't So Super

Jerry Kremer | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Jerry Kremer

Despite an occasional burst of optimism from quarters that were not involved in the negotiations, it is fair to say that both sides were anticipating that the committee would fail to come up with anything that resembles a budget deal.

Grayson Attacks 'Meanies' And 'Weenies' In Congress

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attacked the super committee and characterized the two-party system as "meanies" and "weenies" in an interview with ...

What's Wrong With America: Ideology and Injustice Collide

Doug Noll | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Doug Noll

First, let's consider what makes this time slightly different than previous times of unrest. The essential facts are that most Americans are suffering...

What Now?

Jared Bernstein | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

OK. Thanksgiving's behind us, the 91% of the workforce with jobs are back to work, and in DC at least, there's a sense of "what happens next?" in the air. Here's one man's answer.

Why Does the Democratic Party Continue to Work Against the 99%?

Pearl Korn | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Pearl Korn

Who are these people that we've sent to Washington to represent us? Do they live in this country? Do they see the same news reports, pass the same shuttered businesses, hear the same desperate stories from their friends and family? One has to wonder.

The 1 Percent Indifferent to Their Indebtedness

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.28.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Americans don't like debt, including bills owed by their government. It weighs on them, even when it's to create jobs and speed recovery. That's why there was a deficit Super Committee. But for the majority of millionaires, incurring debt does not evoke anxiety.

Clock Ticking For Congress To Avoid Draconian Cuts

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Politicians of both parties outdo each other vying for the approval of seniors, but their inability to compromise on the federal bu...

The Super Committee's Predictable Failure

Al Checchi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Politics
Al Checchi

Debating tax policy now is putting the cart before the horse. The real issue is what the government should be doing. Then we can worry about how we should pay for it.

Sam Stein

GOP Senator: Obama Veto Threat Has Escape Clause | Sam Stein | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

One of the Republican members of the congressional super committee attempted on Sunday to create some wiggle room with regard to President Obama's opp...

Frustration Transforms Into Open Self-Loathing On Capitol Hill

The Los Angeles Times | Kathleen Hennessey | Posted 01.24.2012 | Politics

To its many issues -- dysfunction, occasionally impaired judgment, an inability to get things done -- Congress can add one more: Low self-esteem....