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Circus Politics Is Alive and Well in the Philippines

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics
Edsel Tupaz

The circus continues with the motion to impeach President Aquino, with opposition politicians having sharpened their knives in an attempt to draw some blood from the Teflon President.

Here Is What Unifies Congress

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of politi...

'Stupid' Spending on the Military and Health Care Is Leading to National Suicide

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

These are the elephants in the American economy. All other spending is minor compared to spending on healthcare and the military. If we can get greater efficiencies in these two areas, all the other problems become much more manageable.

Can You Grill An iPad?

The Huffington Post | Rachel Tepper | Posted 04.25.2012 | Home

If willful destruction of expensive gadgetry makes you cringe, then look away: The barbecue fiends at Pork Barrel BBQ in Alexandria, Va. have inaugura...

Tea Party Lawmakers' Spending Hypocrisy Revealed

Newsweek | Daniel Stone | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Republican leadership's tether to the Tea Party, flutters the hearts of the government-bashing, budget-slicing ...

Corporate Earmark Ban: House Dems Plan To Cut Earmarks From Spending Bills

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)- House Democratic leaders announced Wednesday that they will ban the much-criticized practice of using annual spending bills to direct...

Senate/Assembly Pork: Who's Getting the Choicest Cuts?

Times Union | Times Union | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Under Democratic control of the Senate, upstate lost nearly $26 million in member items, the discretionary grants doled out by legislators commonly ca...

Bear DNA and John McCain's Silly Science

Robert Schlesinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Schlesinger

We've all heard John McCain's tired joke about the pork barrell spending on bear DNA (a paterniy issue or a criminal one -- so funny the first dozen t...

Flashback: Steve Carrell Nails McCain On Pork-Barrelling

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Back when the media was allowed to question him, a certain sharp-eyed journalist caught McCain on not always being so maverickly anti-earmark.

The Real Sarah Palin Scandal

Robert Silvers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert Silvers

The real scandal for John McCain's V.P.-to-be is that Palin has exhibited a voracious appetite for the very congressional earmarks and pork barrel spending that John McCain has made a signature issue of trying to stamp out.