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 "commissioner":

"… s, including infiltration by Chinese hackers and the breach of a commissioner's computer account, while grappling with a chronic staffing shortage that' …"

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 "Washington":

"… at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, an advocacy group in Washington. He said that unless the Obama administration scales back its plans in lin …"

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.

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 "Nike":

"… d about the national debt. Earlier ads riffed on famous slogans, including Nike (“Just fix it”) and McDonald’s (“I’m fixin’ it”). Television …"

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 "Pentagon":

"… hose that lawmakers review and approve annually.Fifty program areas at the Pentagon would collectively take a roughly $500 billion hit, which seems like a lot …"

"… n ten percent of the $5.8 trillion that the Obama administration wants the Pentagon to spend from 2013 to 2021. Military leaders have complained fiercely, par …"

"… et by poor oversight and duplicationThe Army tank that could not be stoppedPentagon efforts to straighten out bookkeeping face billion-dollar cost overrunsGAO …"

"… ort darkens reputation of Navy shipWill the $55 billion bomber program fly?Pentagon misreports or ignores long-term weapons costsPuncturing the hot air balloo …"

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 …"

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?

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… an half the total lost since he took office.He claims that “renewable” energy production has doubled on his watch, which isn’t true (only wind and sol …"

"… nergy Not ‘Doubled’Obama: We have doubled the amount of renewable energy we generate, including right here in Nevada — solar panels all across th …"

"… anels all across this state.It’s simply not correct that “renewable” energy as a whole has doubled. Obama is referring only to the relatively small po …"

"… anol) and hydropower are included, the overall category of “renewable” energy produced is up by about 27 percent (see Table 1.1) from 2009 to 2011, …"

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 "Robert Farley":

"… Clinton, depending.)– Lori Robertson, with Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Robert Farley and Ben Finley …"

Dissent among Republicans over defense spending

By Aaron Mehta

Grover Norquist opposes Romney plan to increase the military budget

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pentagon":

"… f the nation’s top military leaders. Early this year, Ryan asserted that Pentagon officials were lying to Congress to fall in line with President Obama’s …"

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 "Center for Public":

"… ts of an innovative, new, nationwide survey by three nonprofit groups, the Center for Public integrity, the Program for Public Consultation and the Stimson Center. Not …"

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 "Medicare":

"… iminate air traffic control services in some places, and “ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”Romney says that’s just “rhetorical excess” and acc …"

"… to give seniors premium-support payments and a choice between traditional Medicare and private plans, beginning in 2023. But the president’s claim that the …"

"… s claim that the plan would herd older, sicker patients into traditional Medicare isn’t necessarily true. That’s a matter of debate. Ryan’s plan would …"

"… ver non-defense.Senior scareObama also attacked a premium-support plan for Medicare that is part of Ryan’s proposed budget. Ryan’s latest proposal differs …"

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 "Air Force":

"… rs looked particularly closely at fifteen major programs — including the Air Force’s controversial and trouble-prone F-35 fighter jet program, the Army’s …"

"… r jet program, the Army’s High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, and the Air Force and Marine Corps’ V-22 hybrid helicopter/aircraft program — and found …"

"… ompleted until 2020.The worst offender among the military services was the Air Force; of the ten programs that in 2010 completely ignored the requirement to re …"

"… and support costs, eight were “major modifications to, or subsystems of, Air Force weapon systems,” according to the GAO’s report. Included were two modi …"

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 "Stimson Center":

"… e Pentagon’s current budget by about 16 percent in the year 2021. As the Stimson Center has pointed out, such a trim is comparable to shaving just three-quarters …"

"… as a competitor with social programs they wish to protect.Gordon Adams, a Stimson Center expert and former Office of Management and Budget assistant director, said …"

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 "politician":

"… t what the military establishment supports (the status quo) — and that a politician who wants to portray another as weak on defense for bucking the establishm …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and included eight candidates: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt …"

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

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

"… the third person to hold the job since it was created by former President George W. Bush in 2004.Health IT leaders would not speculate about who might be the next …"

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 "Congress":

"… m: Everything You Need to Know (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Griffin). …"

"… peared because of spending cuts in the new health care law. But critics in Congress and the federal government — including Medicare’s chief actuary — do …"

"… complain too much about them.Despite the rhetoric, the administration and Congress have a lot more work to do to steer Medicare’s spending toward the most …"

"… and the charges of “rationing” and “death panels”? Just wait until Congress tries something that really puts a lid on Medicare spending. The program s …"

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 "spokesman":

"… federal budget, crowding out all other national priorities,” he wrote.A spokesman for Ryan said the lawmaker “continues to invite others to offer ideas” …"

"… itical paralysis on this issue, and work together to advance solutions,” spokesman Conor Sweeney said in an e-mail.The Wisconsin lawmaker was among a minorit …"

"… oth former staffers held only entry-level positions, according to Ryan’s spokesman. “Congressman Ryan has argued the most effective way to reduce the prosp …"

"… s is to reduce the size, power and reach of the federal government,” the spokesman addedEarmarksOver a recent three-year period, Ryan obtained more than $5.3 …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Secretary":

"… duct in 2007 to 12 percent in 2050. Warned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Michael Leavitt in February 2008: “Left unchanged, within 35 years Medic …"

"… t piece of Medicare have met resistance from Congress.Follow-up:Former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson has argued that only a bipartisan commission can navigate t …"