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Why Big Bipartisan Committees Mostly Fail

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 12.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation's thornies...

Congressional Supercommittees' Recommendations Seldom Spur Action

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 12.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since the end of World War II, more than a dozen high-profile bipartisan panels have been convened to tackle the nation's thornies...

What Would a Feminist Budget Look Like?

Terry O'Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Terry O'Neill

A feminist budget would recognize the need for change. It would be designed to reduce income and wealth inequality, which disproportionately affects all women but particularly women in communities of color.

House Republicans Mulling New 'Supercommittee' On Debt Ceiling

Reuters | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - U.S. House Republicans are weighing legislation requiring the creation of a new negotiating panel to find deficit-redu...

The War Between the Republicans, Week 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As the shutdown continues, you hear fewer demands for Obamacare changes, because Republicans have pretty much lost all public support for their position. The irony is obvious to all: House Republicans wanted to shut down Obamacare, and what they got was the federal government shutting down while Obamacare is open.

Patrick Svitek

White House Budget Chief: Don't Send WARN Act Layoff Notices Before 'Fiscal Cliff'

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrick Svitek | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics

The latest chapter in budget cut politics opened Wednesday as the Obama administration's top fiscal guru stood by federal direction that some companie...

Reid Stands Firm On Tough Cuts

AP | ANDREW TAYLOR | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's top Democratic ally in the Senate said Wednesday that he won't block much-feared automatic spending cuts to the...

Max J. Rosenthal

Veterans Shielded From Massive Budget Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 04.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Office of Management and Budget, a White House agency, ruled on Monday that the Department of Veterans Affairs would be exempt from ...

GOP Eyes Food Stamp Cuts To Avoid Big Military Cutback

Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics

By ANDREW TAYLOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- Republicans controlling the House are eying big cuts to food stamps as they piece together leg...

Senator Toomey's Tax Plan Can't Do Everything That He Says It Does

Bob Greenstein | Posted 04.18.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

The only way that Senator Toomey's plan could avoid raising taxes on people with incomes below $200,000 would be if he designed it in such a way that it lost significant revenue overall and, thus, added significantly to the deficit.

My 2011 "McLaughlin Awards" [Part 2]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This year we turn to the Democrats to find the winner of Destined For Political Stardom. If Elizabeth Warren manages to wrest Teddy Kennedy's old Senate seat away from the Republican usurper, she will indeed be on the road to Democratic stardom.

Washington Disconnect Perpetuates Wealth Shift Upward

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.08.2012 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Instead of presenting a grand vision for job creation and economic stimulus, President Obama has consistently capitulated to Republicans' faux deficit narrative.

Obama Poll Watch -- November, 2011

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

This month Obama poll watchers got some good news, and some bad news. This was capped off by the Washington punditocracy making a stupid comparison between polling for Obama and Carter.

10 States Where The Most Unemployed Could Lose Benefits

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale | Posted 12.03.2011 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Nearly 2 million Americans currently receiving unemployment benefits stand to lose coverage this January if Congress does not exte...

After the Deficit Committee, A New Propaganda Push From the War Profiteers

Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Derrick Crowe

We've got to push back with the truth: military spending costs jobs compared to other ways of spending the money.

Fitch Lowers Outlook On U.S. Credit Rating

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 01.28.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Fitch said Monday that it will keep its rating for long-term U.S. debt at the top AAA level, despite a congressional panel's failur...

Hot-Spotting: It's How, Not How Much

Dylan Ratigan | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Dylan Ratigan

Imagine if you could identify a small number of patients who end up eating up most health care dollars. Let's say you could focus resources just on them, while also cutting the overall amount of health care spending dramatically. This isn't fiction, it comes from Camden, New Jersey.

Grayson Attacks 'Meanies' And 'Weenies' In Congress

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) attacked the super committee and characterized the two-party system as "meanies" and "weenies" in an interview with ...

The Druze, the Debt Reduction and the Future of Our Democracy

Rabbi Samuel April | Posted 01.28.2012 | Politics
Rabbi Samuel April

To allow our deficit to reach over 15 trillion dollars without action to reduce the debt by a paltry sum is inexcusable and unforgivable.

Washington's Debt Panic and the Real Social Debt in America

Michelle Chen | Posted 01.25.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

In the wake of the Congressional super committee's collapse, we finally have consensus on both sides of the aisle: the lawmakers orchestrating the partisan drama are, behind the scenes, happy to collaborate on destroying economic security for all but the wealthiest Americans.

Big Oil's Happy Thanksgiving

Bill Meadows | Posted 01.23.2012 | Green
Bill Meadows

Already, the unchecked carbon pollution from facilities like oil refineries has led to climate change destruction.

Obama the Bargainer in Chief? Don't Hold Your Breath

Rick Horowitz | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Barack Obama stayed away, and the super committee squabbled and quarreled and came up with nothing. Whereas if he had joined the conversation, the super committee would have... squabbled and quarreled and come up with nothing.

50/50 Split on Defense/Non-Defense Cuts the Result of GOP's No-Tax Position

Bob Greenstein | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

If Congress backs away from the automatic cuts in defense that the Budget Control Act calls for, the GOP will have little incentive to negotiate a balanced deficit-reduction deal. Their top priorities, tax cuts and defense programs, will both be protected

Obama Holds Firm on Defense Cuts After the Super Committee's Demise

Joel Rubin | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Joel Rubin

While the super committee failed to ensure that all Americans pay their fair share to fix our nation's economy, already the voices that helped get us into this mess are threatening to put us in an even worse place.

What The Supercommittee Couldn't Do, The American Public Has Already Done

Carolyn Lukensmeyer | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Carolyn Lukensmeyer

How is it that the 12 members of the Supercommittee can, after three months of work, simply throw up their hands and leave us deeply in debt, when a y...