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Budget Cuts
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. (Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

Cotton, Republicans Struggle To Balance Threat With Defense Cuts

New wars in the Middle East, or deep, across-the-board budget cuts. Pick one, Republicans — you can’t have both.

March 13, 2015
Money

How Are Federal Dollars Divided Among States?

Find out which states rely the most on government spending.

December 10, 2014
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Ebola Efforts Tax Strapped Public Health Agencies

Budget cuts are endangering public health when it comes to Ebola preparedness.

November 6, 2014
John Boehner Steve Scalise

Uncompromising Congress A Threat To National Security

How Tea Party dysfunction is actively putting us in danger.

October 15, 2014
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Bad Education: How School Cuts Are Killing Thom Tillis

Could conservative overreach deliver a key Senate race to the Democrats?

October 7, 2014
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GOP Chases Fake IRS Scandal, But Makes The Real One Worse

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 […]

June 27, 2014
Erik Shinseki, Barack Obama

In VA Scandal, Let’s Have Accountability For All — Including Congress

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 […]

May 23, 2014
Paul Ryan

Meet The New Paul Ryan, Same As The Old Paul Ryan

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 […]

April 1, 2014
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Report: Big Tax Cuts Have Been A Disaster For Kansas

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 […]

March 28, 2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel calls for 20% troop cut at a press conference - Pentagon

Pentagon Proposes Deep Cuts For U.S. Military Bases, But Would Spare Some

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 […]

February 25, 2014

In Kansas, Domestic Violence Prosecutions Take A Back Seat To Politics

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 […]

October 12, 2011

They Have It Worse: Greece Approves More “Brutal” Budget Cuts

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 […]

June 29, 2011