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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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The Trump ‘Faithful’ Get the Budget Cuts They Voted For

As for blue-collar whites who voted for Trump and are now having second thoughts, it’s not quite correct that they were “scammed,” as many Trump foes argue. Those who bought into his assurances — “I’m taking care of my people” — willingly ignored the piled-high evidence. This is a man who makes a sport of lying.

March 27, 2017
Billionaire

Trump’s Budget Endangers Those It Claims To Help The Most

The entire function of the CSB, which Mulvaney claims Americans want abolished, is worker and public safety. It investigates catastrophic incidents and recommends changes to prevent recurrence. It doesn’t fine corporations or revoke licenses. It advocates for safety. Its annual budget is $11 million. Not billion, $11 million.

March 26, 2017
President-elect Trump

Federal Funding For NPR Threatened Under Trump’s Budget

In President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, which was released Thursday, the president was looking to shave off money from the federal budget to make room for a $54 billion increase in defense funding. And one potential item on the chopping block was the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides federal funding to NPR.

March 17, 2017
Trump

Trump Budget Calls For Slashing Biomedical And Science Research Funding

Funding for the NIH has been a bipartisan priority for years; one of Trump’s key advisers, former Representative Newt Gingrich, has long championed that cause. It was just two years ago, in fact, that Gingrich called for doubling the NIH budget, calling health spending both a moral and a financial imperative. “It’s irresponsible and shortsighted, not prudent, to let financing for basic research dwindle,” Gingrich wrote then.

March 16, 2017
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Trump’s Contentious ‘Skinny Budget’ Is Unlikely To Pass Congress

Get out your calendars and mark a circle around March 16. That’s the date when Congress expects President Donald Trump to present his “skinny budget” outline for the upcoming fiscal year.

March 13, 2017
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White House, Govt Agencies To Talk On Plans In Case Of Shutdown

The White House budget office was slated to hold a call with U.S. government agencies on Friday to plan for a government shutdown in case the U.S. Congress fails to pass a short-term funding bill by a deadline next week.

September 23, 2016
Sandbags and tarps cover the entrance to a subway station near Battery Park as New York City prepares for potential flooding as post-tropical storm Hermine stalls off the east coast of the United States, September 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich

We Urgently Need To Mend Our Broken Infrastructure

A significant portion of our nation’s public transit vehicles have outlived their “maximum useful life,” as determined by the federal government, including 31 percent of commuter rail cars and 33 percent of subway cars.

September 10, 2016
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Food Stamp Cutbacks Hit Needy, Pantries Across U.S.

New restrictions in the federally funded food stamp program have begun affecting hundreds of thousands of needy families throughout America, as revived rules designed to incentivize people looking for work result in the loss of benefits for 500,000 to 1 million people in 21 states.

April 11, 2016
President Obama meets with his national security team in Washington

Obama Proposes $4.1 Trillion Spending Plan In Final White House Budget

The budget for the fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 is largely a political document and is unlikely to be passed by the Republican-controlled Congress.

February 9, 2016
A hike in the Canadian Rockies is an example of the excursions offered by Road Scholar, an education-promoting travel service once called Elderhostel. (photo courtesy Eileen Knesper/Road Scholar)

6 Tried-And-True Ways To Afford That Dream Vacation

If you have perused those year-end lists of hot destinations, then wondered how you could afford any of those places, this column is for you.

February 2, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Nebraska and Louisiana at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

Under Obama, Government’s Safety Net Has Expanded

Despite Republican majorities in Congress through much of his tenure and increasingly insistent calls from GOP presidential candidates to rein in “free stuff,” President Barack Obama has engineered the largest expansion of the federal government’s safety net in half a century, a record he cemented further as he closed out his seventh year.

January 19, 2016

3 Most Common Money Mistakes When You’re Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Millions of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. But while around one-third of Americans, or 38 million households, are living hand-to-mouth.

January 5, 2016

Congress Negotiators Get Tax, Spending Deal: Lawmakers

Speaker Paul Ryan told Republicans that negotiations with Democrats culminated in a deal that would eliminate any government shutdowns until next October.

December 16, 2015

Heading Into Endgame, Mcconnell Declares ‘Dysfunction Is Over’

He may be fond of saying there’s no education in the second kick of a mule, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is plotting another run at a functioning appropriations process in 2016.

December 15, 2015
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama Would Sign Short-Term Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown

The White House is signaling it would not block a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown should lawmakers need to keep working on a massive spending measure after the Dec. 11 deadline.

December 1, 2015

3 Times It’s Smart To Be In Debt

It’s never advisable to rush out and take on debt, but there are times when doing so actually makes sense. Debt, it turns out, can be a kind of friend, even if it’s just that flaky friend who can’t really be trusted.

November 4, 2015
Paul Ryan

4 Times Paul Ryan Broke Ranks With GOP

Past votes and positions he’s taken on key social and fiscal issues could rankle conservatives who still want to see change in their party’s leadership.

October 21, 2015

Senate Waste Watchers Soldier On

A dog-bite prevention website. Vermont puppet shows. Researching the bomb-sniffing capabilities of elephants. Those are just some government spending projects labeled “wasteful.”

June 19, 2015
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Democrats Face Risky Votes Ahead Of Memorial Day Recess

“Things can happen quickly around here when they have to.”

May 19, 2015

There’s Plenty of Money. Really.

Republican lawmakers always tell us there isn’t enough money. But in fact there is plenty — it’s just hard to find when an entire class of taxpayers can avoid paying their share.

April 14, 2015

To Balance Budgets, Governors Seek Higher Education Cuts

Republican governors across the country are using education cuts to fill their budget shortfalls.

March 30, 2015

Senate OKs Budget, But GOP Rift Over Pentagon Emerges

The all-night session, dubbed “vote-a-rama,” always puts senators in a bind on a number of votes, and Thursday’s session was no different.

March 27, 2015

Your Dollars At Work — For The Rich

The taxes we pay should bankroll quality public services, not grand fortunes.

March 25, 2015
North portico of the White House (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

Analysis: Why The GOP Will Likely Attack The Fake White House

The Secret Service is likely to get caught in the middle of Congress’ next spending debate.

March 23, 2015
US Speaker of the House John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on July 17, 2014 (AFP Photo/Jim Watson)

The Right’s Word-Deed Problem

Congressional Republicans’ new budgets prove what the GOP really thinks of working Americans.

March 23, 2015