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 "Congress":

"… ials have predicted, according to a new assessment by the independent Congressional Budget Office. Under the administration’s plan, operating, ma …"

"… said the CBO report, published just before the holidays and shortly after Congress finished action on a 2014 budget bill that restored some planned Pentagon …"

"… crete tallies for related programs in the energy and defense departments. Congress requested the budget office report to help settle the squabble, and the of …"

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 "Los Angeles":

"… and Digital First  newspapers spread across the nation from Miami to Los Angeles and San Jose. Its conclusions were described in Time Magazine’s Battlela …"

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.

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 "Massachusetts":

"… e election itself – in which Obama won in California, Virginia, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, all states with considerable mil …"

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.

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "foreign oil":

"… gn OilObama: Today, the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in nearly two decades.What the president says is accurate …"

"… t he can’t claim exclusive credit. The trend of decreasing dependence on foreign oil began after peaking in 2005, when Obama was a freshman U.S. senator from I …"

"… ep 2012.U.S. Energy Information Administration. “How dependent are we on foreign oil?” 13 Jul 2012.The White House; Office of Management and Budget. “Livin …"

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 "Toyota":

"… k to No. 2 and is headed for third place in global sales this year, behind Toyota and Volkswagen.Biden said “the experts” concluded Romney’s corporate …"

"… It took back the top spot in global sales in 2011 after being surpassed by Toyota in 2008. Prior to that, GM had been No. 1 for more than 70 years. But for …"

"… d been No. 1 for more than 70 years. But for the first six months of 2012, Toyota, with 4.97 million vehicle sales, regained the lead from GM, with 4.67 mil …"

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 "Matthew Leatherman":

"… ls than policymakers are willing to support in an election season,” said Matthew Leatherman, an analyst with the Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense Project at …"

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 "Romney":

"… etes Patients.” Health Affairs. Jan 2012.  …"

"… l services in some places, and “ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”Romney says that’s just “rhetorical excess” and accuses the president of …"

"… n budget in an April 3 speech to newspaper editors. A day later, Romney spoke to the same group of editors and was asked about the presi …"

"… ;to the same group of editors and was asked about the president’s speech.Romney, April 4: As I look at what the president said, there were just so many th …"

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

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 "Italy":

"… ute), China, Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India, Italy, and Brazil. Experts have complained that Obama understated the American p …"

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 "Freddie Mac":

"… percent, or taxes increased, unless Congress acts beforehand.Gingrich and Freddie MacGingrich defended his lobbying for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporati …"

"… h defended his lobbying for the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (“Freddie Mac”) by saying he merely advised the agency that history would prove its po …"

"… nvestigative article by AP reporter Pete Yost stated:The AP, Dec. 8, 2008: Freddie Mac enlisted prominent conservatives, including Gingrich and former Justice De …"

"… records.Gingrich talked and wrote about what he saw as the benefits of the Freddie Mac business model.We’ll leave it to readers to judge whether Gingrich was h …"

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 "Office of Legislative Services":

"… duced the benefit for others. In its budget analysis, the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services said the average benefit declined from $1,035 in fiscal year 2010 to $269 …"

"… nefit to provide direct property tax relief to New Jersey families.” The Office of Legislative Services says the average benefit will increase to $476 — which isn’t …"

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 "Single Audit":

"… time frames for identifying and correcting audit findings provided by the Single Audit Act…it could take years to correct significant deficiencies and material …"

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

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

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

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