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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
Amber Phillips - Denver Post
Politicians talk about the deficit a lot, but experts on the federal budget say they often miss the point.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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 ...