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Monday, April 23, 2018

Signs You Have A Spending Problem And Ways To Stop

Here are a few warning signs that indicate you are spending too much, followed by suggestions for getting your spending under control.

August 15, 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
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
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with the Council of the Great City Schools Leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 16, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss efforts to strengthen educational opportunities for students in city schools. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Obama Touts Economic Policies As Republicans Fight Internally Over Budget

Obama: ‘Reality has rendered its judgement’ on Republican economic schemes.

March 19, 2015
F-35 Lightning II (createordie via Flickr)

Mortgaging The Pentagon

The Pentagon is breaking the bank with the F-35 joint strike fighter program’s $1.5-trillion tab.

March 12, 2015
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn and candidate Bruce Rauner laid out their plans to tackle Illinois' biggest issues at the Metropolitan Planning Council's Aug. 28, 2014 Annual Luncheon. Photos by Tricia Scully. (Metropolitan Planning Council via Flickr)

Reclaiming Our State Budgets

America isn’t broke — it’s just keeping too much of our wealth in too few pockets.

March 5, 2015

Senate Democrats Show Limits Of GOP Spending Strategy

Congressional Republicans are coming to understand the flaws in their strategy.

February 25, 2015

Tax Fairness Could Mean More Resources

The Republican tax plan is profoundly unfair. But will Democrats counter with a better vision?

February 20, 2015
Copies of US President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget proposal are available for sale at the Government Publishing Office Bookstore in Washington, DC, February 2, 2015

Budget Proposal Is Obama’s Map Back To Big Government

President Obama’s new budget is a sharp progressive turn.

February 2, 2015

Obama Budget Would Tax Offshore Trillions, Rebuild Infrastructure

Learn more about President Obama’s progressive budget proposal.

February 2, 2015

Defense Concerns Revive Obama’s Call To End Sequestration Budget Caps

President Obama has some new weapons in his fight to increase the federal budget.

January 30, 2015

U.S. Health Care Spending Up In 2013, But At Record Low Growth Rate

Health care costs are growing at historically low levels.

December 3, 2014

Black Friday Sales Down As Shopping Habits Change

Find out why sales slid this holiday weekend.

December 1, 2014

How GOP Can Get To Magic 60 Votes, Send Bills To Obama

If Congress gets anything done over the next two years, here’s how it will happen.

November 10, 2014

WATCH: ‘Republican Cuts Kill,’ Warns Startling New Attack Ad

Is this the most brutal attack ad of 2014?

October 13, 2014

Weekend Reader: ‘We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money’

Taxation is always at the very center of Washington’s economic debate, but is it a distraction from bigger issues? In his amusing and informative new book We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money, Edward D. Kleinbard argues that progressives ought to focus on wise spending instead of higher taxes – and fight […]

September 27, 2014

Fed To Tweak Message In Policy Meeting: Analysts

Washington (AFP) — The Federal Reserve is expected to maintain its slow march toward a normal monetary stance in its policy meeting Tuesday and Wednesday. But a small, key adjustment to its messaging could confirm growing confidence in the economy. After the surprisingly poor jobs market report for August, pressure has alleviated somewhat on the […]

September 15, 2014

Auditioning For The Electorate

Around Washington you can tell football season is upon us because Congress is lining up to punt its work until after the elections. Lawmakers have plenty to do over the next month, but little will — and even less incentive — to do it. Congress is grappling with the still-stumbling economy, an immigration crisis, the brewing […]

September 10, 2014

U.S. Stocks Head Higher, Brushing Off Ukraine Tensions

New York (AFP) — U.S. stocks traded flat early in Friday’s session, holding on to recent gains despite an escalation in Ukraine tensions and a disappointing report on consumer spending in July. Action remained light at the start of the holiday-lengthened final weekend of the summer. About 30 minutes into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial […]

August 29, 2014

U.S. Personal Spending Falls In July

Washington (AFP)– U.S. personal spending fell in July, putting a drag on third-quarter growth, as income gains slowed, government data released Friday showed. Consumer spending, the engine of U.S. economic growth, fell 0.1 percent in July, the first decline in six months and decelerating from a 0.4 percent gain in June, the Commerce Department reported. […]

August 29, 2014

Highway Repair Funds Hit Congressional Roadblocks

Washington (AFP) – Americans’ love affair with the automobile endures, but the account that helps maintain their roads is going broke, and Congress is embroiled in a partisan scrap over how to pay for much-needed repairs. Across the United States more than 100,000 projects are underway to pave new roads, upgrade or rebuild ailing bridges, […]

July 9, 2014

California Legislature Passes $156.4 Billion 2014-15 Budget

By Chris Megerian and Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature approved a $156.4 billion state budget on Sunday, capping a week of intense negotiations over education, social services and environmental policies. The spending plan — which includes a $108 billion general fund, $7.3 billion larger than last year — is scheduled […]

June 16, 2014

The Liberal Koch? Bloomberg Pledges $50 Million For Gun Reform

It’s sometimes easy to forget that infamous conservatives like the Koch brothers are not the only wealthy Americans who use their wallets to influence elections. As former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) reminds us, plenty of liberals are also giving large sums to influence national politics. Unlike many of his peers in the […]

April 16, 2014

Stronger Consumer Spending Lifts Q4 U.S. Economic Growth

Washington (AFP) – The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, expanding more strongly than previously thought as consumers spent more. The Commerce Department on Thursday revised higher its prior 2.4 percent estimate of gross domestic product growth for the period, matching analyst expectations. “The […]

March 27, 2014