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Francois Hollande’s Hairdresser Earns A 6-Figure Salary. France Is Not Happy.

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.13.2016 | World

Sacré bleu! French taxpayers were not happy to learn they’ve been footing an annual six-figure bill to style President Francois Hollande’s hair. ...

Christie Campaign Spending Raises Eyebrows In New Jersey

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 01.06.2016 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) may have cost his state’s taxpayers more than $1 million for travel mostly done to campaign for president, accord...

Newest Wave of GOP Governors Should Support Prison Reform

Alexa Van Brunt | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Alexa Van Brunt

With a wave of new Republican governors taking office -- including Larry Hogan of Maryland, Greg Abbott of Texas, and Bruce Rauner of Illinois -- the question on the minds of every criminal justice advocate is this: which brand of Republican will they be?

Our Taxpayer Dollars: Going to Waste and Wealthy Corporations

Jaimie Woo | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaimie Woo

Let's help our budget crises by continuing billion-dollar handouts to huge, profitable agribusinesses. Apparently, that's what Congress thinks.

Outsourcing America: Sodexo Siphons Cash From Kids and Soldiers while Dishing Up Subprime Food

Mary Bottari | Posted 11.24.2013 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Sodexo, a multinational company based in France that provides food services to schools, college campuses, and the U.S. military, is a primary driver of the privatization and outsourcing of food services in America. But Sodexo has taken the low road to profitability.

Shining a Bright Light on Government Spending

John C. Liu | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
John C. Liu

Some say the West Coast has the best beaches, the Midwest has the friendliest people, and that you can't beat the cheesesteaks in Philly. But financial transparency? Fugghedaboudit. New York City's got everyone beaten by a mile.

A Rising Economic Tide Lifts All Boats

Rep. Paul Gosar | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Rep. Paul Gosar

It is therefore somewhat amazing that the last 40 years of experience, and the trillions and trillions of dollars spent, have done nothing to alleviate poverty. Which begs the question, have anti-poverty programs supported by Republicans and Democrats for decades been a colossal failure?

GOP Lawmaker Targets Obama's Golf Trips

The Huffington Post | Gabrielle Dunkley | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) proposed an amendment to the continuing spending resolution that would prevent the government from paying for President B...

Lawsuit Alleges Georgia School Districts Used Taxpayer Money To Defeat Charter School Amendment

Posted 10.10.2012 | Education

A class action lawsuit filed with the Fulton County Superior Court on Monday alleges that the Fulton and Gwinnett County School Districts in Georgia u...

Romney & Ryan's Fossil Fuel Favoritism: Starve Clean Energy, but Feed Oil With Taxpayer Money

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The Ryan budget passed by the House would dish out $40 billion in subsidies to oil companies over the next ten years, but would slash clean energy investments by 90 percent by 2014 -- down to just $1 billion. Romney and Ryan's failure to support clean energy is a failure of imagination.

Sorry, Taxpayers, Solyndra's Not Paying Back Most Of Its Government Loan

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.30.2012 | Business

Solyndra's not going to pay back the better part of its loans, which is bad news for its investors -- better known as U.S. taxpayers. Solyndra, the...

The Age of Open Is Upon Us

Jorge Hage | Posted 06.17.2012 | World
Jorge Hage

The open government movement is indicative of the pressures imposed on us by the post-recessionary world. Opening up government data sources increases the bang of each taxpayer buck and creates new commercial opportunities for businesses.

WATCH: Whitney Houston Funeral Costs Newark Taxpayers $187K

Posted 04.11.2012 | Black Voices

Newark residents turned out by the hundreds when pop icon Whitney Houston was laid to rest in their hometown on February 18, but their show of support...

Your Receipt, From This Guy

Emily Cohn | Posted 04.04.2012 | Money

Curious how your tax dollars are being spent by the federal government? Check your federal taxpayer receipt. The White House released an updated to...

SOPA's Killer Cousin You've Probably Never Heard About

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

Findings from NIH-funded research are used everyday to help doctors make treatment and diagnosis decisions -- not just in America but all over the world. That may end with the Research Works Act.

You Want a Publicist? Pay For Him Yourself, Senator

Kelly Moore | Posted 03.21.2012 | DC
Kelly Moore

Is this really what our tax dollars should be used for? To allow members of Congress to engage in such shameless self-promotion?

In Issue Of Adoption, Catholic Charities Should Adhere To Basic Fairness

Alvin McEwen | Posted 08.02.2011 | Religion
Alvin McEwen

While I understand wanting to adhere to one's faith, this is an issue in which the welfare of the child must come first. Studies have shown that children do not suffer from a same-sex household.

Jon Stewart and the Sheer Hypocrisy of Fox News on Teachers

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jim Wallis

I like teachers. But what I am learning from conservatives these days, especially the hosts and commentators for Fox News is that public school teachers are greedy.

Davos: Goldman's Cohn Does Not Get It

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Georges Ugeux

Gary Cohn's position is obviously self-interested: nothing else should be expected from the Honorable firm. He and his peers recently increased their salary from $600,000 to $2,000,000!

Read Before You Vote

Matt Kohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Kohn

I decided to curate a group of thoughtful and distinguished individuals to choose one substantive, surprising, and provocative article that anyone and everyone should read before the election.

$600 Million for BP Courtesy of the U.S. Taxpayer

Ken Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

Congress is currently debating an energy bill that would extend VEETC so that BP and others, including our friends in the ethanol industry, can continue to be propped up with taxpayer dollars.

Uncle Sam Says: Take a Breath, It's Tax Day

Deborah Schoeberlein David | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Deborah Schoeberlein David

We reconcile the past year while preparing tax returns, and then come straight into the here and now as we file them. And, funnily enough, that acute awareness of this day is the essence of mindful experience.

Does Tax Time Need To Be So Taxing?

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

If there's one thing that unites politicians and the general public it's the belief that the U.S. tax system is too darn complicated. Yet somehow the process of paying taxes has resisted almost every attempt at simplification.

Court Rejects Meat Industry Attempt to Thwart Regulation

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wayne Pacelle

In a third straight federal appellate court ruling against the meat industry, the Ninth Circuit ruled today that California is well within its authority to ban the sale, transport, or purchase of downer cows and pigs.

Money Spent On Perks, Fringe Benefits Rose At Bailed Out Banks Last Year

Washington Post | Tomoeh Murakami Tse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Even as the nation's biggest financial firms were struggling and the federal government was spending hundreds of billions of dollars to save many of t...