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The Dawn of a New Political Narrative?

Philip K. Howard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Philip K. Howard

Perhaps this is the dawn of a new political narrative. The current fault lines don't get us anywhere, with Tea Party conservatives attacking the very idea of government, and liberals defending the virtuous aims of government without coming to grips with their pervasive semi-failures.

Government Made $100 Billion In Improper Payments

AP | By STEPHEN OHLEMACHER | Posted 09.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tax credits for families that don't qualify. Medicare payments for treatments that might not be necessary. Unemployment benefits f...

The Political Underbelly of the Pensions Crisis: What Broke the System, and How Do We Fix It?

Rob Johnson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Rob Johnson

Many state and local governments are struggling to meet their obligations to retirees, and the easiest explanation is that workers are overpaid and their pensions are unaffordable. But the evidence suggests that the pensions crisis is both less pervasive and more complex than that.

A Few Final Thoughts on the Budget Deal

Jared Bernstein | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

It's not over -- they still have to appropriate their new top-line spending numbers down to all the agencies -- but it looks like the budget deal that quite handily cleared both chambers will soon be enacted. But I've got a few lingering thoughts

Sabrina Siddiqui

Budget Deal Clears Major Hurdle In Senate

HuffingtonPost.com | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 12.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The United States Senate advanced a budget compromise Tuesday that provides modest relief to across-the-board spending cuts and prevents...

After Government Shutdown, Few Discussing Budget Solutions

AP | BILL BARROW | Posted 10.27.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA -- ATLANTA (AP) — Something is noticeably absent from congressional candidates' rampant finger-wagging over this month's bipartisan deal to ...

Block a Grand Bargain With Bold Progressive Solutions to Social Security and Medicare

Richard Kirsch | Posted 12.21.2013 | Business
Richard Kirsch

Republicans may not have succeeded in defunding the nations' newest social insurance program, Obamacare, but they now are aiming at the foundational programs, Social Security and Medicare. And this time, they'll have the president on their side.

What Did the Government Shutdown Battle Really Accomplish?

Bowman Cutter | Posted 12.21.2013 | Politics
Bowman Cutter

We just escaped another Perils of Pauline moment by deciding not to test the proposition that default doesn't matter, and the Republican Party's (apparently diminishing) instincts for self-preservation finally overcame its fear of its far-right base. So where are we?

The Larger Issue at Stake in the Shutdown: The Role of Government

David Woolner | Posted 12.15.2013 | Business
David Woolner

Today's free-market fundamentalists insist that the forces of the market could easily solve all of our nation's woes if only government would get out of the way. The history of the free market system between October 1929 and the steady deflationary slide into the Great Depression three years later teaches us something different.

The Truth About the GOP's Phony Shutdown Offer

Jeff Madrick | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jeff Madrick

It's very important that President Obama and his aides make clear to the American public that the Republican Party's right wing, supported by moderates, offered no serious deal to him by proposing a postponement of their threat to let the U.S. default.

Giant Pentagon Budget Is Unauditable Year After Year

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Unfortunately, curbing the worst excesses of an out-of-control military industrial complex is not a front burner issue for the 40 or so Tea Party Republicans currently stomping their feet in Congress about health care reform.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Naval Academy Feels The Pinch From The Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the military is largely protected from the furloughs that have put 800,000 government employees out of work, civilian faculty and ...

Governor Cuomo's 'Tax-Free New York' Would Come at a High Cost

Richard Kirsch | Posted 08.13.2013 | Business
Richard Kirsch

Eliminating taxes in college communities won't improve the economy, but it will undermine our public institutions.

More Evidence Obamacare Could Improve Budget Woes

Reuters | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business

* Improved outlook could make Congress complacent * Social Security budget outlook largely unchanged * Disability insura...

Senate Expected To Pass Budget

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

First Senate budget in four years seen passing by Saturday * Vast gulf between Republican, Democratic budget plans * Senate signals support for...

Chelsea Kiene

Ted Cruz: Defund Obamacare Or Risk Government Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz says that he is expecting a vote Wednesday on his amendment to defund Obamacare until economic growth is restored, adding ...

Turning a Problem Into an Opportunity

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Given the uncertainty of the federal government budget and marketplace, we won't know the outcomes for these two companies until sometime next year. In fact it's quite possible that both managers will be forced to hunker down and shrink their company's footprints.

Feds Express Appreciation for Attrition

Steve Ressler | Posted 06.10.2012 | DC
Steve Ressler

High attrition rates are often considered negative indicators for an agency's health, but last week GovLoop blogger Doris Tirone wondered: "Is there an upside to high turnover?"

President Obama Succeeded in Duping the Media, Congress and the Public About His Plan to 'Streamline' Government

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Small Business
Lloyd Chapman

I don't think any president in recent history has ever called a press conference to talk about cutting such a tiny portion of the federal budget. That's because President Obama is not trying to shrink government with this proposed merger of the SBA.

Vanishing Giants In A Sharply Divided Congress

Posted 08.02.2011 | Politics

(Reuters) - The long-gone old bulls of the Congress -- giants like Democrats Ted Kennedy and Tip O'Neill and Republicans Everett Dirksen and Bob...

Fire! Call 911. Then Wait. Wait More.

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 07.16.2011 | Los Angeles
Alan W. Silberberg

From tiny Ann Arbor, Michigan to LA, firefighters are under attack from the budget knife. This has already led to several fires that burned far longer and where people have been hurt or killed.

WATCH: HuffPost's Ryan Grim Talks The Government Shutdown Blame Game

Huff TV | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Huff TV

HuffPost's Ryan Grim stopped by MSNBC's "NewsNation With Tamron Hall" to discuss a potential government shutdown, which will be imminent should Republ...

Evangelicals Push Back On Proposed Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned C...

US Companies: Saving More And Investing Less

nytimes.com | YVES SMITH and ROB PARENTEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Over the past decade and a half, corporations have been saving more and investing less in their own businesses. A 2005 report from JPMorgan Research n...

The Stimulus Plan: Shit Garden Economics

Jane Devin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jane Devin

I've managed to keep myself out of the shit garden for the most part, if only because I love the idea of potential. I love knowing that the human brain can keep on learning, thinking, creating.