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 "Senate":

"… efense Department comptroller can — and often does — ask the House and Senate committees on appropriations and armed services for permission throughout …"

"… on’s base budget for future years. Gordon Trowbridge, spokesman for the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he would try to supply copies of other such …"

"… copies of other such letters, but did not. Vince Morris, spokesman for the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Claude Chafin, spokesman for the House Armed …"

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 "Energy":

"… which also are slated for an upgrade, will cost $40 billion. Keeping the Energy Department’s nuclear weapons-related laboratories humming over this peri …"

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 "CNN":

"… per chain, NBC News, The Huffington Post, and Mother Jones. CNN ran a news segment about the story that quoted one of the author …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "White House":

"… f deficit reduction through fiscal year 2022, and it would be lower if the White House used a different starting point. Obama touted the growth of 500,000 m …"

"… heavily on the baseline — that is, the starting point of comparison. The White House told us it used the Office of Management and Budget’s January 2011 basel …"

'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 "White House":

"… our senators’ seats are considered up-for-grabs in 2014.Congress and the White House are scrambling to come to a deal on spending cuts and tax increa …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bill Clinton":

"… raise taxes on upper-income persons only to the “rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president.” Actually, many high-income persons would pay more than t …"

"… ealth care costs is at a 50-year low for the past two years.President Bill Clinton used this statistic, correctly, in his speech at the Democratic Natio …"

"… ck to where they were during economically prosperous times under President Bill Clinton. But those making over $250,000 a year would actually pay more than they d …"

"… over $250,000 a year, that we should go back to the rates that we had when Bill Clinton was president, when we created 23 million new jobs, went from deficit to s …"

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 "Internal Revenue Service":

"… Medicare Tax on Unearned Income.” American Institute of CPAs. 1 Jul 2011.Internal Revenue Service. “Questions and Answers for the Additional Medicare Tax.” 4 Aug 2012.U …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… cle cost in less than 3.5 years,” according to a “fact sheet” by the Environmental Protection Agency.The official estimate is that fuel savings will produce “a net lifetime …"

"… nalysis. “Trade in Goods and Services, 1992-present.” 11 Sep 2012.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “EPA and NHTSA Set Standards to Reduce Greenhouse Gases and Improve Fue …"

"… Economy for Model Years 2017-2025 Cars and Light Trucks.” Aug 2012.U.S. Environmental Protection Agency & U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Light-Duty V …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Romney":

"… a “gimmick.”Vice President Biden quoted GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as saying “it’s not worth moving heaven and earth” to catch Osa …"

"… worth moving heaven and earth” to catch Osama bin Laden. Actually, Romney said he’d target more than just “one person.”The president said U.S. …"

"… year, behind Toyota and Volkswagen.Biden said “the experts” concluded Romney’s corporate tax plan would create 800,000 jobs in other countries. One e …"

"… etails, and foreign jobs could grow without costing U.S. jobs.Obama quoted Romney as saying it was “tragic” to “end the war in Iraq.” What Romney wa …"

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 "policeman":

"… tion, while 72 percent said the country is “playing the role of military policeman too much.” Fifty-four percent agreed that cutting defense spending is pr …"

"… d effective (36 percent very convincing). We are playing the role of world policeman too much (29 percent very convincing). Missile defenses could help defend …"

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 "White House":

"… anks with the most unpopular stuff possible.This is not the first time the White House has employed what the Washington Post once dubbed the “Washing …"

"… to make a point about budget cuts. As we previously wrote, the Obama White House used this political tactic when warning of the dire consequences if the Re …"

"… dict what exactly would occur.– by Eugene Kiely and Lori RobertsonSourcesWhite House. “Remarks by the President at the Associated Press Luncheon.” 2 Apr 20 …"

"… e of Rep. Paul Ryan. “Path to Prosperity.” Mar 2012.Farley, Robert. “White House Displays ‘Washington Monument Syndrome.‘” FactCheck.org. 16 Dec 2011 …"

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 "Maya MacGuineas":

"… dent coming out of college loaded with debt and aching to buy things, says Maya MacGuineas, president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. "When you fi …"

Pentagon misreports or ignores long-term weapons costs

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Reports to congress ignore or omit long-term weapons costs

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 "assistant director":

"… Adams, a Stimson Center expert and former Office of Management and Budget assistant director, said he expects a total cut of $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion over the next …"

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 "Social Security":

"… When Quinnipiac University in March simply told respondents that defense, Social Security and Medicare together constitute more than half of the federal budget, 54% …"

"… y, 45-55 percent chose the military, 16-21 percent Medicare, 13-17 percent Social Security.If respondents are given choices between large and small cuts, overall sup …"

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 "Social Security":

"… nter projects that about two-thirds of that group are workers who will pay Social Security and Medicare payroll taxes, for one thing. The rest are nearly all either …"

"… workers for two years.Gingrich ‘Off Budget’Gingrich (again) said that Social Security should be “off budget” as it once was, before Lyndon Johnson changed t …"

"…  "In 1968, in order to fake a balanced budget, Lyndon Johnson brought Social Security in the general budget. And ever since, politicians have hid behind Social …"

"… ecurity in the general budget. And ever since, politicians have hid behind Social Security. Now it’s going to become a disadvantage to do so. I think the first ste …"

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

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

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 "Clinton":

"… .W. Bush administrations.According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Clinton administration added another $1.6 trillion to the national debt over eight …"

"… nal debt over eight years, bringing the accumulated debt to $5.8 trillion. Clinton also balanced the federal budget for a year–the only other time that had …"

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

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

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