The $2.6 billion is more than twice the annual costs of 21st Century Community Learning Centers created across the country to fund programs run before and after school and throughout the summer. You could actually throw in the $190 million spent on teaching students with disabilities and limited English proficiency and still not match the wall costs.
With the exception of the 2012 Benghazi attacks, no Obama-era controversy has animated Republican imaginations quite like the one surrounding the Internal Revenue Service. Congressional Republicans’ version of the scandal originally went like this: President Obama ordered the IRS to target right-wing organizations applying for tax-exempt status as non-political “social welfare” groups, leading the agency […]
While Congress eagerly prepares its latest political stunt – a resolution to oust Gen. Eric Shinseki as Veterans Affairs Secretary – members might want to consider their own responsibility for the scandalous inadequacy of veterans’ health care. Unlike most of them, especially on the Republican side, Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the Bush […]
Over the past several months, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has attempted to rebrand himself from an austerity-obsessed weak link in Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign to the Republican Party’s foremost anti-poverty warrior (with limited success, at best). But as Ryan’s latest “Path to Prosperity” budget plan makes clear, the House Budget Committee chairman’s priorities have […]
In 2012, after passing the largest tax cut in the history of Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback (R) claimed that his new policy would be “like a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy.” But as a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities makes clear, Brownback’s policies are doing […]
By James Rosen, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Sweeping budget and personnel cuts proposed Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would hit some military bases hard while protecting others. With the Army targeted to lose as many as 80,000 active-duty soldiers from its current 520,000-strong force, reaching its smallest size since before World II, major […]
Update 10/14: The district attorney has agreed to hear some domestic violence cases in Topeka. Budget cuts are usually painful for local governments, but in Topeka, Kan., a fight over money could truly hurt constituents. The mayor and city council voted Tuesday night to repeal the city’s ordinance against domestic violence, jeopardizing abuse victims’ access […]
Having already faced off intense–and violent–public opposition to immense austerity measures, Greeks got another taste today: Greece has approved an austerity bill that helps pull their debt-ridden country back from the brink of an immediate default. After days of public unrest and impassioned debate, the Greek parliament voted 155-138 on Wednesday in favor of the […]