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The House Armed Services Committee Has Spoken

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.

5 Crucial Facts About the So-Called 'Transportation Cliff'

Randal O'Toole | Posted 07.16.2014 | Politics
Randal O'Toole

Pundits are fretting over the looming insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund, which some call the "transportation cliff." The real battle is not over the cliff but how Congress spends the renewed gas tax. Here are five facts to help people understand this debate.

7 Reasons to Have a Savings Account for Social Gatherings

MyBankTracker | Posted 07.15.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

If you are not financially prepared, social engagements can leave your finances strained. When you plan and set aside funds for social engagements, you won't have to dip into your emergency fund, your day to day spending account or max out credit cards.

What's Really Wrong With Pentagon's Proposed Pay Cuts

Sarah Smiley | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Sarah Smiley

Having my sons courted by a recruiter who will tell them about the "great deal" of the military is, in my mind, exposing them to a promise that is quickly becoming an illusion.

How To Budget Your Money With The 50/20/30 Rule

LearnVest | Posted 07.12.2014 | Money
LearnVest

No matter whether you're a mom with two kids or a recent college grad working your first job, this rule can help you not only figure out how much you should be spending in each area every month, it will also tell you in what order you should be spending your money.

House Bill Is Good News for Pentagon Contractors

William Hartung | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

The real budget fights may not come from the House's version of rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic -- stealing from readiness to pay for unneeded weapons systems. They are likely to come on two other fronts.

How To Be Stylish When Money Is Tight, From Bobbie Thomas (VIDEO)

Posted 05.12.2014 | MarloThomas

For those of us who are on a tight budget this season, beauty and style expert Bobbie Thomas shared several cost-effective tips for re-purposing last ...

Getting Married Soon? 10 Smarter Ways to Spend the Average Wedding Budget

MyBankTracker | Posted 07.08.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

The need to make one day memorable has resulted in dress purchases that rival down payments on a car and a catering bill that can easily run into the thousands. One of the most cited reasons for divorce is money woes, which makes this pricey wedding-planning process quite ironic.

Ever Want to Know How the State Spends Your Tax Dollar? Now You Can.

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 07.07.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

You pay taxes to the state every year. It's our duty as citizens to open the checkbook and give to Illinois, along with local governments and the federal government. But at the state level, what exactly are your tax dollars going for?

4 Financial Lessons to Teach Your College Student This Summer

Jodi Okun | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Jodi Okun

When children are home, the parents can watch over them and provide financial advice, but when they are away, they can be tempted by easy credit and luxury buys. Here are four financial lessons to teach your college student that will help him or her make wiser financial choices.

New York Times Turns Paul Krugman Into His Opposite

Dean Baker | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Dean Baker

It took centuries to get people to understand the earth orbits the sun. If it takes as long to get the public to understand and our politicians to understand the economy, billions of people will suffer needlessly.

The Budget Is Not Fair, Mr. Chair

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The way to end poverty is not to cut the very programs that are making the difference. What kind of leaders believe we can afford massive tax breaks for the richest one percent but cannot afford to meet the survival needs of all our poor children?

Will Health Coverage Translate Into Getting Health Care?

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

It's time to rally support for this critical expansion of health care access, and let members of Congress know they need to find a way to get it done... or they'll have a lot of explaining to do.

Show Me the Money: How to Make Governments Work

Keith W. McLean | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Keith W. McLean

One important piece of the puzzle can be summed up thus: Open budgets = transparent budget processes + open data + citizen engagement.

Dems Relish The Chance To Attack GOP Over Austere Budget

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Congress can hardly contain their glee over the latest Republi...

House Passes Ryan Budget With Big Cuts

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 06.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans rallied behind a slashing budget blueprint on Thursday, passing a non-binding but politically imposing measure t...

10 Quick and Budget-Friendly Projects to Remake Your Space This Spring

Michael Corbett | Posted 06.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Michael Corbett

An accent color wall or an interior room repaint will liven up a home. With little money and just a day or a weekend, your house can have new a new look and a new life. Be adventurous!

Even the Rich Should Reject the Ryan Budget

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

As the House votes on a budget plan this week, the choice is not between serving the rich or the poor. It's a choice between investing in broad-based prosperity and continuing a failed experiment of austerity.

Tell Your Member of Congress to Vote for the 'Better Off Budget'

Dave Johnson | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Dave Johnson

Rep. Paul Ryan's Republican corporate/conservative budget favors the interests of the wealthiest few Americans and their giant multinational corporations at the expense of American-based manufacturers and other companies, America's middle-class working people and the poor.

Why Are Americans Paying to Be Searched, Spied On, Shot At and Robbed Blind by the Government?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

The State Department wants $400,000 to purchase a fiberglass sculpture of a camel looking at a needle for its new embassy in Pakistan. They've already...

Women Slighted in Iran's Annual Budget

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 06.08.2014 | World
Mehrnaz Samimi

"A curtailed dream" is the nickname given to the highly publicized amendment omitted from the Iranian new year's budget act. The amendment would have ...

Budget Linguistics

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

A few months ago I was in a restaurant and noticed a mistake on the check. "I'm sorry," the waiter said, suggesting there was nothing he could do about the overcharge. "That's how it's in the computer."

Ryan Budget More Fuzzy Math and Magic Asterisks

Rep. Hank Johnson | Posted 06.08.2014 | Black Voices
Rep. Hank Johnson

Programs like food stamps, unemployment insurance, Medicaid, and job retraining help Americans get back on their feet when they are down and out and laid off through no fault of their own. The Republican budget uses these programs as punching bags for their reckless agenda of cut, cut, cut and gut, gut, gut.

Undercover Cops Bust Man Who Allegedly Forgot His Heroin In Rental Car

Posted 04.07.2014 | Crime

Carlos Tavarez had a reason why he wanted to pick up the suspicious package he allegedly left in his Budget rental car. The 30-year-old New York Ci...

The Ryan Budget: The Good, the Bad and the Alternative

William Hartung | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
William Hartung

The Ryan plan is not a conservative budget in the true sense of the term. If it were it would cut government spending across the board, not give a free ride to wasteful Pentagon spending while letting other programs bear the full burden of spending reductions.