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Sequester Cuts

'I Think This Is A Crazy Idea'

AP | CHARLES BABINGTON | Posted 02.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The pending $85 billion in federal spending cuts would seem like a tea partyer's dream. Why, then, are tea party activists and other con...

Children and Schools Will Pay the Price for Sequestration

Randi Weingarten | Posted 04.30.2013 | Politics
Randi Weingarten

Our children -- the future nurses, educators, astronauts, presidents and CEOs who will heal, educate and lead our country -- are counting on Congress to act. And to act now.

Obama Warns Against 'Tumble Downward'

AP | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says looming automatic budget cuts will cause a "tumble downward" for the economy. He acknowledges many peo...

Sequestration -- What the President and Congress Can Learn From School Districts

Meryl Ain, Ed.D. | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Meryl Ain, Ed.D.

Is it really possible that the president and Congress (who are the elected representatives of the people) cannot agree on any reasonable reductions that would not imperil the health and safety of the nation?

I Just Solved the Sequester!

Jared Bernstein | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

What if I offered you -- them -- a solution that scratched both of those itches at once... a way to simultaneously both cut spending and raise revenues? That would be irresistible, right?

Sequestration: Devastating to Kids

Billy Shore | Posted 04.29.2013 | Politics
Billy Shore

On Friday, if sequestration -- the term used for the pending across-the-board cuts to many federal programs -- goes into effect, the impact on low-income children will be devastating.

Michael McAuliff

Sequester Battle Flummoxes Senate GOP | Michael McAuliff | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans appeared flummoxed Tuesday by the impending sequestration budget cuts, unable to offer a consensus alternative and ar...

Newt Gingrich: Obama Seeking To 'Maximize The Pain Level On The American People'

The Huffington Post | Preston Maddock | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Tuesday that he believes the sequester is part of President Barack Obama's "deliberate strategy of punishin...

The Sequestering of Barack Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The sequester will cut economic growth in half this year. But it's now clear, one way or another, that we will get cuts in the $85 billion range that the sequester mandates this fiscal year. All that remains are the details.

White House Warns Of Sequester's Impact On Key Group

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Three days away from Friday's sequester deadline, troops are among the groups facing worries over the automatic federal spending cuts. The White Ho...

Eliminate the Sequester

Rep. Keith Ellison | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Rep. Keith Ellison

If Congress cannot come up with a replacement to the sequester before the end of the week, we should eliminate the sequester entirely. One million wor...

The GOP's Bizarre Sequester Strategy

New York | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics

Whether or not you agree with it, and whether or not it will work, President Obama's strategy on sequestration is perfectly obvious....

Sequester Threatens Top-Secret Military Research

Rep. Alan Grayson | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Rep. Alan Grayson

One of the nice things about being a member of Congress is that I have security clearance, and you don't. (Sorry!) So I know about the threat that the looming sequester poses to a crucial top-secret military research project. Since we're friends, I'll tell you about it.

Another Way Forward

Sen. Patty Murray | Posted 04.28.2013 | Politics
Sen. Patty Murray

Some of our colleagues think sequestration is inevitable. Others actually think it's a good idea. We disagree.

GOP Senator Says Boehner May Lose Speakership

The Huffington Post | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would lose his speakership if he agrees to new tax revenues to avert the across-the...

Aaron Sankin

How Will The Sequester Cuts Affect California? | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.25.2013 | San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the countdown to the $85 billion in federal spending cuts triggered by the sequester ticks down to less then a week, the Obama Adm...

The Sequester's Winners

Posted 02.25.2013 | Business

Of course, there are many people who will lose if lawmakers do nothing to avert the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts set to take effect o...

Top 10 Reasons Why People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

Sophia Kerby | Posted 04.27.2013 | Black Voices
Sophia Kerby

Sequestration will impact all Americans but will have a particularly harmful effect on communities of color, who were hit first and worst by the Great Recession and have yet to significantly feel the effects of the recovery.

Doug's Dozen: 12 Cuts to Look for When the Sequester Kicks In

Doug Molitor | Posted 04.27.2013 | Comedy
Doug Molitor

Me, I'm not too worried because these cuts can't touch Social Security, Medicare or active-duty military. But there will be some sacrifices...

Cuts Loom With Little Hope In Sight

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday said looming automatic spending cuts are already affecting the economy, while a top administration...

Scott Walker Downplays Impact Of Sequester Cuts

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics

With billions in across-the-board federal spending cuts scheduled to take effect Friday, Gov. Scott Walker downplayed the potential harm to Wisconsin'...

The Sequester Debacle: Who Takes the Fall?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The sequester, and all the sequential sequesters over the next decade, deprive Democrats of the resources that they need to be, well, Democrats. Obama can proclaim big, bold initiatives as he did in the State of the Union Address, but they are all mere gestures -- because there is no money to spend on any of them, thanks to the bipartisan obsession with budget cutting. Even worse, Democrats end up colluding in eviscerating very popular and necessary signature programs like Medicare and Social Security, which literally define the core differences between the two parties. So by 2016, and even by 2014, nobody will much remember who was more at fault in the sequester battle of early 2013. The voters will be looking at their own economic situation, and it won't be pretty.

Republicans, Dems Brace For Impact Ahead Of Cuts

Reuters | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

* Republicans want Obama to be flexible in how cuts are made * White House says law forces across-the-board cuts * Relea...

'We're Seeing Middle School Behavior Here'

AP | CONNIE CASS | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Turns out politicians are people, too, only worse. Just ask pros who make their living in the trenches of everyday human drama suc...

Looming Cuts Find Few Fans

AP | PHILIP ELLIOTT | Posted 04.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The White House and Republicans kept up the unrelenting mudslinging Sunday over who's to blame for roundly condemned budget cuts se...