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An Unhealthy Debate: Again

Jim Worth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

The Repeal of the HealthCare Bill will add $230 billion to the deficit! House Republicans are threatening to repeal the HealthCare Bill--and replace ...

Once Again, Republican Party Shows It Is But Arm of Insurance Industry

Rep. Lloyd Doggett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Lloyd Doggett

A vote to repeal health reform legislation is a vote to maintain health care costs as the leading cause of personal bankruptcy and credit card debt in this country.

Sam Stein

Gearing Up For Health-Care Repeal Effort, Republicans Push To Delegitimize CBO Analysis | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MIAMI -- The first big threat to the president's health-care reform package did not come during the fabled August 2009 recess of town-hall protests, o...

Amanda Terkel

CBO: Health Care Repeal Would Up Deficit By $230 Billion | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Repealing health care reform will add $230 billion to the deficit over the next decade, leave 32 million fewer people with insurance and...

Weekly Pulse: On Health Care Repeal, House GOP Full of Sound and Fury

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger House Republicans will hold a symbolic vote to overturn health care reform on January 12. The bill, ...

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama's Foreclosure Program Will Reach Less Than One Quarter Of Administration's Target | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration's signature anti-foreclosure program will ultimately aid less than a quarter of the nearly four million distressed homeowners...

Shahien Nasiripour

Obama Administration Will Spend Just $12 Billion Of The $50 Billion Promised To Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure, CBO Says | Shahien Nasiripour | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Obama administration will spend less than a quarter of the $50 billion it promised to help homeowners facing foreclosure, the nonpartisan Congress...

Jeff Muskus

CBO Numbers On House Health Care Bill Are Fake | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Congressional Budget Office has not scored the House health care reform proposal, despite reports that it had estimated the plan would cost taxpay...

Tea Party Republicans Should Tackle Federal Role in Distorting Markets and Causing Bubbles.

David Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Paul

It did not take long for the conflicts to emerge as Republicans struggle to make good on their commitments to reduce federal spending. In the wake of ...

Stimulus Boosted U.S. GDP By Up To 4.5%, Added Millions Of Jobs

Yahoo! News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The massive stimulus package boosted real GDP by up to 4.5 percent in the second quarter of 2010 and put up to 3.3 million peo...

Deficit Report: Down From Last Year, Still Over $1 Trillion

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER and ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said Friday the federal deficit hit a near-record $1.3 trillion for the just-completed budget year. That ...

CBO Estimates $1.3 Trillion Deficit This Year

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The federal deficit for the just-finished 2010 budget year was a little under $1.3 trillion, the Congressional Budget Office estima...

What a Difference a Year Makes

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

Every year about this time, the census releases its yearly numbers on the uninsured. Every year, I get a little more depressed.

Jason Linkins

Congressional Budget Office: Sometimes Wonks Have To Explain Their Work To Morons | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Allow me to state for the record that I have great sympathy for the dedicated professionals at the Congressional Budget Office. In Washington's parti...

CBO: Stimulus Added Millions Of Jobs In Second Quarter

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The massive U.S. stimulus package put millions of people to work and boosted national output by hundreds of billions of dollars...

Fox's Six Tricks: How to Spot the Next Sherrod

Mark Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Green

Fox 'News' is different. Journalists who say that Fox and MSNBC are just mirror equivalents of each other are wrong. Let's decode Fox's parlor tricks in its relentless effort to create news and advance the conservative agenda.

Want Economic Growth and Jobs? Then Let the Bush Tax Cuts Expire

Dan Lesser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Lesser

Extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy will do far less to grow the economy and produce jobs than any alternative use of these funds.

Making College More Affordable

Randy Proto | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Randy Proto

A College degree is valuable both to individuals and to society. On that, there is widespread agreement. But if people can't afford to pay for it, what's the point? That's why we must address this critical issue.

In The Public Interest: Healthy Ways to Cut the Deficit

Larry McNeely | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry McNeely

The Affordable Care Act is affordable not just for consumers; it's also affordable for taxpayers. The Deficit Commission should not have to re-fight last year's health care debate.

In The Public Interest: Why Do We Let Companies Abandon Ship on Taxes?

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

While much of the focus of the BP oil spill has rightfully been on the families, the environment and the businesses affected, it has also allowed anot...

In The Public Interest: An Oil Industry Tax-Dollar Leak No Amount of "Top Kill" Can Stop

Phineas Baxandall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Phineas Baxandall

President Obama and Congress need to get some serious "top kill" going on the corporate tax loopholes which allow greedy corporations to shirk their responsibilities and billions of dollars to tax bills of those who play fair.

Orszag To Step Down As White House Budget Director

AP | BEN FELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — White House Budget Director Peter Orszag plans to resign, a Democratic official said Monday night, positioning him to be the first ...

In The Public Interest: Something for Nothing 2.0

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

Every year, American taxpayers who play by the rules - individuals, small businesses and even a lot of bigger businesses - have to pay a lot of extra "something" because of all the tax dodgers who pay nothing.

In The Public Interest: Close the Loophole. Really.

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

On Saturday Night Live, the "Weekend Update" sometimes includes a segment in which Seth Myers and Amy Poehler will report a fairly ridiculous - but tr...

Paul Krugman: Climate Change Economics, What Economists Agree On

The New York Times Magazine | PAUL KRUGMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In what follows, I will offer a brief survey of the economics of climate change or, more precisely, the economics of lessening climate change. I'll tr...