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Karzai Expected To Sign Afghan Security Pact, U.S. Official Says: 12/13/2013

Nicole Gaouette - Bloomberg Businessweek

The U.S. expects to conclude a bilateral security agreement with Afghanistan and overcome Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s refusal so far to sign the pact, according to an Obama administration official.

Look At The Stats: America Resembles A Poor Country: 12/11/2013

CJ Werleman - Salon

Last week, President Obama gave one of the most important speeches of his presidency when he spoke about the rapidly growing deficit of opportunity in this country. It was the president’s most focused and deliberate address on income inequality to date, but for many it wasn’t nearly alarmist enough, for ...

Federal Budget Talks Seen As Moving Forward: 12/06/2013

Paul Tuthill - WAMC

The December 13th deadline for a bipartisan federal budget deal to avoid another partial government shutdown in January is a week away.  Negotiators, headed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan—a Republican and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray—a Democrat, appear to be making progress.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief ...

Give Americans A Budget To Be Thankful For: 11/27/2013

Jo Comerford - The Hill

This Thanksgiving, Congress should set aside dysfunction and the austerity mindset and give the American people a reason to be thankful: a federal spending and revenue plan that takes our best interests to heart.

What Washington Gets Wrong About The Deficit: 11/06/2013

Amber Phillips - Denver Post

Politicians talk about the deficit a lot, but experts on the federal budget say they often miss the point.

The $10 Billion Question: How Much Does D.C. Really Give Hawaii?: 11/04/2013

Adrienne LaFrance - Honolulu Civil Beat

It's hard to know for sure precisely how much federal funding Hawaii is actually getting, how that amount compares with previous years and with other states, and who — if anyone — is keeping track of it.

Debt Ceiling 2013: Mcconnell Hits The Brakes: 10/15/2013

Laura Matthews - International Business Times

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has reportedly temporarily hit the brakes on a bipartisan plan he’s working on with Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to avert the first-ever U.S. default and reopen the government.

Need-To-Know: Government Shutdown!: 09/30/2013

PBS NewsHour - PBS NewsHour

Political negotiations over the government’s budget in Washington, D.C., are at a standstill, with Republicans in Congress threatening to shut down the government unless President Barack Obama agrees to defund the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as “Obamacare."

Report: Oversight Lax On Tax Breaks: 09/16/2013

Bernie Becker - The Hill

The federal government does little in the way of oversight for tax breaks that generally offer the biggest savings to the wealthy, a new paper argues.

Biggest Beneficiary Of Federal Tax Breaks? You: 09/14/2013

Gregory Korte - USA Today

WASHINGTON — So-called "tax expenditures" — those deductions, credits, exclusions, loopholes and other goodies that clutter up the tax code — now amount to nearly $1.2 trillion a year, the government says. But it's not all corporate tax giveaways and special-interest handouts: More than 90% of federal tax breaks go ...