A long-term blank check for 'war' spending

By Julia Harte

In the federal budget, emergency spending for combat operations is the new normal.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Defense Department":

"… troops deployed in Afghanistan is shrinking faster than OCO spending. The Defense Department’s budget request for 2015 anticipated that troop levels in Afghanistan w …"

"… guidance quickly and set a deadline for completing the shift. Although the Defense Department promised to provide such guidance by the end of July 2014, it has not yet …"

"… ussed at length throughout the ongoing budget process,” said Bill Urban, Defense Department spokesman, in an emailed comment. He declined to elaborate. New programs&n …"

"… iny Moreover, the OCO budget isn’t a fiscal salve only once a year. The Defense Department comptroller can — and often does — ask the House and Senate committees …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… hat's a 22-week backlog, Goodman estimated at the time.     …"

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 "Obama administration":

"… thmetic involved.” But that’s pretty much where the CBO came out. …"

"… on-Proliferation, an advocacy group in Washington. He said that unless the Obama administration scales back its plans in line with current budget realities, the result wi …"

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.

OPINION: Congress, lies and statistics

By Wendell Potter

What Sen. Sessions neglected to tell you.

Excerpts from this story referencing "reform law":

"… ountability Office to look decades into the future and let him know if the reform law will cut the deficit over time, as President Obama says it will. The …"

FACT CHECK: State of the Union

By FactCheck.Org

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Energy":

"… e economy — beyond the control of the legislation. Puffing Up Renewable Energy Obama said wind and solar Energy have doubled. True, but they’re still …"

'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 "Bill Clinton":

"… was co-founded by Democrat Erskine Bowles, chief of staff under President Bill Clinton, and former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson of Wyoming.The pair headed Obama …"

Major fight looms over defense spending

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Lawmakers appear to be out of touch with public opinion

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stimson Center":

"… touch with popular opinion. In our poll, conducted in April with the Stimson Center and the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation, both R …"

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 "Medicare":

"… can have.” Not true. The board only recommends cost-saving measures for Medicare, and is legally forbidden to ration care or reduce benefits.Obama said 5 m …"

"… less or underemployed. And he again said Obama “cut” $716 billion from Medicare, a figure that actually reflects a 10-year target for slowing Medicare spe …"

"… rom Medicare, a figure that actually reflects a 10-year target for slowing Medicare spending, which will continue to grow.AnalysisThe debate was held Oct …"

"… g. As the Washington Post reported, experts with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that many lost employer-sponsored insurance whe …"

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 "Angelo Gore":

"… ”– by Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore and Ben FinleySourcesRomney for President. “Tax. Fairer, Flatter, and Si …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… crease the tax rate on high-income earners to no more than they paid under Bill Clinton, when the truth is they’d pay more because of new taxes imposed to pay f …"

"… pay a little bit more on incomes over $250,000, the same rate we had when Bill Clinton was President …This is one of Obama’s favorite points, but it’s not …"

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 "Washington":

"… l be felt in Congress and the White House is unclear. As close students of Washington know, legislative outcomes here are often determined not by average views, …"

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 "insurance":

"… ily true. That’s a matter of debate. Ryan’s plan would require private insurance companies to take all comers, regardless of their condition, and it includ …"

"… ading remarks. Obama also stated opinion as fact when he said that private insurance plans would be “cherry-picking” seniors.We’ll take the president’s …"

"… Ryan plan in a nutshell:Beginning in 2023, 65-year-olds would pick an insurance plan from traditional Medicare and private plan options. A premium-support …"

"… As we noted above, Congress would be tasked with finding ways to lower the insurance plan costs if they rose faster than GDP plus 0.5 percentage points.Obama, …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… es a budget, there are always phantoms flitting around the room. President Barack Obama's spending plan sets loose a number of them.It counts on phantom savings f …"

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 "F-35":

"… r programs — including the Air Force’s controversial and trouble-prone F-35 fighter jet program, the Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, a …"

"… een its underreporting in 2010 of the projected costs of keeping aloft the F-35, the troubled, budget-busting fighter jet that is now projected to be the …"

"… Air Force's production of the F35 and to kill a Marine Corps version, the F-35B (the Obama administration decided not to take the latter advice).The Air …"

"… l lack of progress on procurement reform, Kendall said that “putting the F-35 into production years before the first test flight was acquisition malprac …"

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 "Washington":

"… ut the continent will likely pull that number down even more, meaning that Washington has lately been bankrolling NATO — the principal alliance with which its …"

"… y of a defendant — before letting it go.Many pundits and policymakers in Washington are nonetheless agitated about the prospect that the Pentagon will be forc …"

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

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 "Massachusetts":

"… Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.We won’t …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "New Jersey":

"… ugene Kiely …"

"… year 2011, down from an average rebate check of $1,035 the year before.The New Jersey governor spoke Sept. 27 at the Reagan Library. His theme was “ …"

"… “Doubles the Homestead Benefit to provide direct property tax relief to New Jersey families.” The Office of Legislative Services says the average …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "unemployment insurance":

"… id topped out at $22.5 billion in estimated improper payments, followed by unemployment insurance with $17.5 billion, nutrition assistance programs with $2.2 billion, the s …"

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 "Louisiana":

"… spent, said a CMS press officer. Only four states — Kentucky, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Iowa — have begun to coordinate Medicaid incentive checks to provide …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ronald Reagan":

"… then being accumulated during the administration of his fellow Republican, Ronald Reagan.“Do you ever take a sleeping pill? You can take one with no trouble,” …"

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 "Gail Wilensky":

"… o realize that there will be some failures as we learn what works,” said Gail Wilensky, a former administrator of the agency that runs Medicare, now known as the …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… was among a minority of Republicans who held their noses and voted for the Bush administration’s $700 billion banking bailout program in 2008. At the time, Ryan said t …"

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 "Health":

"… public estimate and the entry in the budget of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services mostly arises from the government’s calculation that …"

"… be about $19 billion — and have continued to use that number even after Health and Human Services prepared budget documents in May that adjusted spending …"

"… ’s estimate is a sound way to explain the price of the plan, he said. “Health information technology can help reduce unnecessary Health care spending an …"

"… n to wire up more than half a million doctors and about 5,000 hospitals. A Health and Human Services press release announcing the appointment of David Blume …"