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Could This Be 'Learning on the Job'?

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Reardon

One of the criticisms of candidate Barack Obama was that he would be learning on the job. It seemed a bit scary, but worth the risk as he had so much to offer. But now, don't you find yourself wishing he would learn on the job?

Lobbyists Woo Newly Elected Politicians

Roll Call | Bennett Roth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

... All industry and interest groups have something in common: They are readjusting priorities, rethinking strategies and trying to make new friends i...

Gobs of New Jobs, but Gobs of Questions

Dan Dorfman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Dorfman

In the face of the creation of 151,000 jobs, more than double the general expectation, the market acted like it had been hit by a bulldozer. Stocks should have soared on that kind of news.

Vote for Hope

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

This is not the hope America voted for in the fall of 2008. Now another election is upon us. On Tuesday, voters can choose candidates capitalizing on bitterness, or they can return to hope and provide time for change to play out.

Krugman: Bush Tax Cut Debate Is Proof Of Our 'Dysfunctional And Corrupt Political Culture'

nytimes.com | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

What's at stake here? According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, making all of the Bush tax cuts permanent, as opposed to following the Obama pro...

U.S. Tax Code Encourages Companies To Rack Up Debt

Washington Post | David Cho | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Over the past generation, debt in America has exploded, becoming a way of life in nearly every sphere of society. And the tax code has been its handma...

An Ideological Intervention: Tax Cuts for the Rich (VIDEO)

Sally Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

How stupid is the idea of extending tax cuts for the top 1% of Americans and further draining resources for the average, hard-working Americans? To f...

A New Idea for President Obama: Do What You Said You Would Do

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lloyd Chapman

At a town hall discussion on jobs and the economy yesterday, President Barack Obama said he was looking for new ideas to help create jobs and expand e...

Small Businesses Aren't Spending As They Wait For Aid Bill

USA TODAY | Laura Petrecca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Small businesses have put hiring, supply buying and real estate expansion on hold as they wait out the vote on a small-business-aid bill that stalled ...

A Small Business Dilemma: Survival

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Worth

This has been a long hard recession for small business. And though, officially, the recession is over, it has not ended for small businesses.

Oil Companies Reap Billions From Subsidies

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform set off the worst oil spill at sea in American history, it was flying the flag of the Marshall Islands. R...

Know Your 1,138 Marital Privileges, Courtesy of the Feds

Bella DePaulo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bella DePaulo

The report also makes it clear that some of the 1,000+ laws identified "may not directly create benefits, rights, or privileges" for married people.

Obama Weekly Address: President Advertises Tax Breaks Ahead Of Tax Day (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press WASHINGTON - Just ahead of Tax Day, President Barack Obama is urging Americans to take advantage of tax credits for fi...

Obama Calls For Rolling Back Huge Oil Company Tax Breaks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says it's time to roll back "billions of dollars in tax breaks" for oil companies and use the money for clea...

Living Wage Fight Revitalized in New York City

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michelle Chen

In a city starkly divided between the haves and have nots, community activists are demanding an honest day's pay for New Yorkers who work at businesses profiting on the taxpayers' dime.

Time to Scrutinize California Tax Breaks

Betty T. Yee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Betty T. Yee

One option that should be on the table but has consistently been dismissed is the billions of dollars of tax breaks that have yet to be examined.

Small Business Tax Deductions: 5 Things You Need To Know

The Huffington Post/AOL Small Business | Barbara Weltman | Posted 08.09.2011 | Small Business

Tax deductions are vital to small businesses, as a way to minimize taxes paid on profits. The tax code lets you subtract most expenses you incur in yo...

Green News Report -- February 2, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: China takes the lead on clean energy, while the U.S. dithers; Obama gives out goodies for nuclear...

The Commerce Secretary From Boeing

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Former Washington governor Gary Locke has worked hard to minister to the needs of the hometown corporation. Since being appointed as commerce secretary, he has an even higher perch from which he can do so.

IRS Investigating More Than 100,000 Suspicious Home-Buyer Tax Break Claims

Wall Street Journal | JOHN D. MCKINNON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The Internal Revenue Service is examining more than 100,000 suspicious claims for the first-time home-buyer tax break, another sign of p...

White House Looking To Cut Deficit With Extra TARP Cash

wsj.com | By DEBORAH SOLOMON and JONATHAN WEISMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration, under pressure to show it is serious about tackling the budget deficit, is seizing on an unusual target to showcase fiscal r...

Stopping the Great American Job Scam In Denver

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Sirota

Republic is effectively trying to get in on the Great American Jobs scam by holding a gun to our elected officials' heads: Either hand over the cash, the airline is saying to the pols, or we'll slash jobs.

Ryan Grim

Reid Picks Pelosi's Pocket To Pay For Business Tax Break

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In order to fund business tax breaks and an extension of a first-time homebuyers tax credit this week, Harry Reid swiped one of Nancy Pelosi's revenue...

The Forbes 400 Shows Why Our Nation Is Falling Apart

Les Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Les Leopold

Collectively, the Forbes 400 have $1.57 trillion in wealth. It's hard to get your mind around a number like that. So let's imagine that it was available for the public good. What does $1.57 trillion buy?

Where's Our City and State Government?

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
David Sirota

Republic Airways is threatening to take jobs out of the city unless it gets new tax breaks. In response, Denver leaders like Mayor Hickenlooper have agreed to quickly put together a package of such favors.