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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… the FEC had already formally asked Congress and the Obama administration's Office of Management and Budget for $68 million for the next fiscal year, in 2015. In its request, t …"

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 "Northrop Grumman":

"… nomy series, The Drone that Could Not Be Grounded, depicting how Northrop Grumman was able to defeat an Air Force effort to save $2.5 billion by halting pro …"

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 "Office of Management and Budget":

"… is, the starting point of comparison. The White House told us it used the Office of Management and Budget’s January 2011 baseline. In a recent report, the bipartisan Committee f …"

'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

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 "Senate":

"… ient Protection And Affordable Care Act (‘PPACA’),’ As Passed By The Senate, And Scheduled For Consideration By The House Committee On Rules On March …"

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 "Brooks Jackson":

"… smaller actual savings than described here for these provisions.”– by Brooks Jackson, Eugene Kiely, Lori Robertson, Robert Farley, D’Angelo Gore and Ben Finl …"

"… crease Due to Inflation Adjustments.” IRS. 20 Oct 2011.Kiely, Eugene and Brooks Jackson. “Romney’s Impossible Tax Promise.” FactCheck.org. 3 Aug 2012.Robert …"

FACT CHECK: Obama’s stump speech

By FactCheck.Org

How honest has the president been on the campaign trail?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Office of Management and Budget":

"… Obama’s $4 trillion claim at face value and using projections of his own Office of Management and Budget, the projected annual federal deficits would never be lower than $476 bill …"

"… n. “How dependent are we on foreign oil?” 13 Jul 2012.The White House; Office of Management and Budget. “Living Within Our Means and Investing in the Future; The President’s …"

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 "Joe Biden":

"… In a rousing double-header, Democratic delegates heard Barack Obama and Joe Biden both accept renomination on their convention’s final night. And we heard …"

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.

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 "Independent Payment Advisory Board":

"… dministrative costs — measures that the federal health care law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board might also recommend in its effort to keep the growth of Medicare dow …"

"… deral health care law, with finding ways to do it. Congress can ignore the Independent Payment Advisory Board’s recommendations, if it either makes the same size of spending cuts as …"

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

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 "president":

"… treat from the world in the guise of a new strategy.” Several Republican presidential candidates have also raised concerns, and House Majority Leader Eric Ca …"

"… s outlined by Panetta on Jan. 26. But it will persist throughout this presidential election year. So, as a service to our readers, we offer the following …"

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 "Medicare":

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

"… the least year asked respondents to choose where they would prefer to cut Medicare, social security or the military, 45-55 percent chose the military, 16-21 …"

"… security or the military, 45-55 percent chose the military, 16-21 percent Medicare, 13-17 percent Social Security.If respondents are given choices between la …"

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 "Mitt Romney":

"… man, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.We won’t go into the audi …"

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

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 "gross domestic product":

"… e could cause the national debt to swell up to more than two-thirds of the gross domestic product in just the next decade.For years, experts have also warned that Medicare …"

"… now, the national debt is a little more than half the size of America’s gross domestic product, and it could grow to as much as two thirds of GDP in just 10 years. And M …"

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 "Paul Ryan":

"… tely and restarts the engine of economic growth and limitless prosperity” …"

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 "information technology":

"… timate is a sound way to explain the price of the plan, he said. “Health information technology can help reduce unnecessary health care spending and bring our health care …"

"… nnouncing the appointment of David Blumenthal as Obama’s chief of health information technology in March, for instance, notes that the stimulus plan “includes a $19.5 b …"

"… y picked up and repeated by many bloggers covering the fast-growing health information technology industry. Earlier this month President Obama’s chief technology officer, …"

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