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Up in Smoke

April 22, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Up in Smoke Today is the deadline for comments to the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) on its proposed rule dealing with the loss of natural gas... Read More

Shedding Light on Import Levies

Shedding Light on Import Levies Two weeks ago we played an April Fool’s trick on Weekly Wastebasket readers, listing various actions policymakers in Washington had taken... Read More

Flies on the Aviation Bill

Flies on the Aviation Bill One consequence of virtually no legislation passing Congress is that when something is likely to pass, every legislative Tom, Dick, and... Read More

Fooled by Washington

Fooled by Washington Today is the 1st of April; the first day of the second quarter of the year. In Washington, Spring has sprung and things are looking up. The... Read More

Budget Lip Service to Terrorism Strategy

March 25, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Budget Lip Service to Terrorism Strategy Terrorists have struck again in a major European capital. Not that long ago the world was stunned by the attacks in Paris, and now we have... Read More

Budget Leadership Needed

Every budget is a dream sheet. They're all unrealistic. The President lays out a slate of new programs, revenue raisers, and strategic... Read More

Dancing with the Four Stars

March 11, 2016 | National Security

Dancing with the Four Stars Well, that didn’t take long. The tremendously bad idea, seeded two years ago, to move the funding for the next generation of ballistic... Read More

Building a Better Budget

March 04, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Building a Better Budget Regardless of where you fall on what should be in the Congressional budget resolution – less funding, more funding, entitlement reform,... Read More

Growing the Deficit

February 26, 2016 | Agriculture

Growing the Deficit As the House Budget Committee is busy cultivating the Budget Resolution to guide the fiscal year 2017 appropriations process, other... Read More

Brussels Sprouts Cash

February 19, 2016 | National Security

Brussels Sprouts Cash In the current fiscal climate only the Pentagon receives so much money they have to invent new programs to spend it all. Just a couple of... Read More

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