Spending bill: FEC budget still below 2010 levels

By Dave Levinthal

New budget deal fails to restore beleaguered elections agency's budget to 2010 levels.

Obama administration understated nuclear weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An independent report projects a much higher bill for the administration’s weapons programs.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nuclear weapons":

"… ding during the next 30 years or so could easily approach $1 trillion. “Nuclear weapons aren’t cheap as some high-ranking Pentagon officials have suggested,” …"

How the defense industry dodges budget cuts

By Bill Buzenberg

Center's 'Gift Economy' project shows how money from defense contractors to key lawmakers affects key national security issues.

Excerpts from this story referencing "weapons systems":

"… arch and analyze defense contractor influence-buying related to individual weapons systems and major sectors of the industry. Until next week, Bill  …"

OPINION: Congress, lies and statistics

By Wendell Potter

What Sen. Sessions neglected to tell you.

FACT CHECK: State of the Union

By FactCheck.Org

The president spins his accomplishments on jobs, health care and deficit reduction.

'Fiscal cliff' ads target candidates in 2014

By Rachael Marcus

Rove-affiliated nonprofit runs 'fiscal cliff' ads targeting vulnerable Senate Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… sroads, co-founded by Karl Rove, a former aid to Republican President George W. Bush, is one of the heavy-hitting advocacy organizations speaking out …"

Major fight looms over defense spending

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Lawmakers appear to be out of touch with public opinion

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Aggressive Romney spars with Obama in first debate

By FactCheck.Org

No more practice: Five weeks before Election Day, Obama and Romney debate for first time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Afghanistan":

"… e than $1 trillion in savings over the next 10 years from our drawdowns in Afghanistan and Iraq,” was  criticized by Maya MacGuineas, president of the bip …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

FACT CHECK: Breaking down Obama and Biden's convention speeches

By FactCheck.Org

Which facts were spun by the president and vice-president as they accepted renomination?

Dissent among Republicans over defense spending

By Aaron Mehta

Grover Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase the military budget

Public overwhelmingly supports large defense spending cuts

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Young, old, Republicans, Democrats, men, women all say they favor whopping reductions in military spending.

Excerpts from this story referencing "weapons systems":

"… an extra naval destroyer, a new submarine, more missile defenses, and some weapons systems the Pentagon has proposed to cancel. Republican presidential candidate Mit …"

FACT CHECK: President Obama, Romney both distort the facts

By FactCheck.Org

Budget spin, senior scare and more in a preview of the upcoming fall showdown.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lori Robertson":

"… O says it can’t predict what exactly would occur.– by Eugene Kiely and Lori RobertsonSourcesWhite House. “Remarks by the President at the Associated Press Lun …"

FACT CHECK: There are budget phantoms in the room

By The Associated Press

A hard look at the gimmicks in President Obama's 2013 budget

Excerpts from this story referencing "Associated Press":

"… office are among institutions that have seen such phantoms before.By Associated Press writer Calvin Woodward. Associated Press writers Martin Crutsinger an …"

"… such phantoms before.By Associated Press writer Calvin Woodward. Associated Press writers Martin Crutsinger and Pete Yost contributed to this report. …"

Pentagon misreports or ignores long-term weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Reports to congress ignore or omit long-term weapons costs

Excerpts from this story referencing "weapons systems":

"… examined did not attempt any cost comparison between current and previous weapons systems. Some of the managers said doing so would be impossible, because the new s …"

Puncturing the hot air balloons on defense spending

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Rhetoric confuses reality, as Obama's defense budget proposal would shift planned spending by less than one percent

Excerpts from this story referencing "Middle East":

"… .7 percent of its GDP on security, less than some countries in the nervous Middle East, like Saudi Arabia, or in the conflict-prone Horn of Africa, like Eritrea. …"

Does the public favor defense budget cuts?

By Steve Kull

The more citizens think about the deficit, the less interested they are in keeping military spending at current levels

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bloomberg":

"… se may rise to about half.  Most recently, an October Washington Post/Bloomberg Poll asked respondents whether they supported or opposed “reducing milit …"

FACT CHECK: White House brings partisan slant into payroll tax explainer

By FactCheck.Org

In a new explainer video, White House displays ‘Washington Monument syndrome’

FACT CHECK: GOP candidates misstate taxes and federal government pay

By FactCheck.Org

Republican debate featured mistakes on how many people pay taxes and how much they spend on tax prep

Excerpts from this story referencing "Lori Robertson":

"… indings as appropriate.– Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Robert Farley and Lori Robertson  …"

How candidates' tax plans would affect one struggling family

By Amy Biegelsen and John Aloysius Farrell

Republican presidential candidates' ambitious tax plans don't help working class

Excerpts from this story referencing "draftsman and industrial engineer":

"… fe worked and raised three children. After the crash, he lost his job as a draftsman and industrial engineer for a major homebuilding company. The Seelas lost their home soon after.Th …"

FACT CHECK: Gov. Christie leaves out the truth behind his tax cuts

By FactCheck.Org

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie drastically reduced his state's budget deficit, but slashed homeowner benefits to do so

Five federal programs lead list of improper grant payments

By Laurel Adams

As federal spending on grants to state and local governments rises, so does fraud

By 2020, 90 cents of every dollar will go to entitlements and debt interest

By Laurel Adams

Long-term simulations of government debt offer a cold, harsh look at the federal economic situation, according to the Government Accountabil

GOP deficit-cutters eye health IT stimulus funds as Obama’s point man leaves

By Kimberly Leonard

Billions of unspent stimulus dollars slated for electronic health records are now a target for lawmakers searching the federal budget for cu

Excerpts from this story referencing "Coordinator":

"… d itself without a leader.Dr. David Blumenthal, who has served as National Coordinator for Health Information Technology , announced early last month that he wou …"

A half century later, another warning in Eisenhower address rings true

By Bill Buzenberg

History overlooks another point from President Eisenhower’s farewell address 50 years ago: the ease with which pressure for government spend

Medicare: An entitlement out of control

By David Nather

If Congress had known in 1965 how expensive Medicare would become, it might not have approved the program in the first place. So Lyndon John

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wilbur Mills":

"… Blumenthal and James Morone, so Johnson had to hide the price tag.And when Wilbur Mills, then the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, worried about ho …"

Paul Ryan — Budget Committee

By Caitlin Ginley

Paul Ryan went to Congress at the age of 28, representing Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district, which includes farm communities as well as

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… conomist Paul Krugman went so far as to call it a “sham” — President Barack Obama recognized it as a “serious proposal”.In an August op-ed in The Washin …"

Fuzzy math? Rising costs in government's digital health stimulus

By Fred Schulte

Spending could be double the Obama Administration's public estimate of $19B

Excerpts from this story referencing "professor of law":

"… ite House. But it’s “totally hypothetical,” said Sharona Hoffman, a professor of law and ethic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She said it co …"

Unsustainable Medicare spending

By The Center for Public Integrity

According to projections by the Congressional Budget Office, Medicare spending is expected to jump from 4 percent of GDP

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