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The Fiscal State of the Union

The Fiscal State of the Union Article II of Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution directs that the President “… shall from time to time give to Congress information of the... Read More

Terrorism Insurance: Haste Makes Waste

January 09, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Terrorism Insurance: Haste Makes Waste That was fast. For a couple weeks we caught a glimpse of a private market response to terrorism insurance. But no more. Wednesday the House... Read More

What Sequester?

What Sequester? After the fiscal year 2015 CROmnibus was enacted, talk quickly turned to FY2016 and the return of the dreaded sequester. The fear is that... Read More

Congress by the Numbers

December 19, 2014 | Earmarks & Appropriations

Sine Die. That’s the Latin phrase for spells the end of the 113th Congress. Phew. While we have a couple weeks before the 114th is sworn in... Read More

As The Congress Turns

December 12, 2014 | Earmarks & Appropriations

As The Congress Turns The soap opera that is the 113th Congress took another dramatic turn in its final days. After hours of intrigue, the House of... Read More

113th Congress, Don’t Let the Door Hit You…

December 05, 2014 | Budget & Tax

113th Congress, Don’t Let the Door Hit You… As the 113th Congress limps towards its ignominious end, lawmakers in the House and the Senate continue a slow dance to decide their... Read More

Platter Full of Subsidies

November 26, 2014 | Agriculture

Platter Full of Subsidies As taxpayers busily prepare for their Thanksgiving festivities, we thought it might be a good time to see how Washington’s agriculture... Read More

Free Gas

November 21, 2014 | Natural Resources

Free Gas Getting something for nothing is a pretty sweet deal. At least if you’re the one getting something. Not so much if you’re the one receiving... Read More

Check Under the Pentagon’s Sofa Cushions

November 14, 2014 | National Security

Check Under the Pentagon’s Sofa Cushions If we needed more proof that the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget is just a slush fund, on Monday budget details of... Read More

What Lame Ducks Shouldn’t Do

November 07, 2014 | Budget & Tax

What Lame Ducks Shouldn’t Do As the 113th Congress comes to a close in a post-election lame duck session, there is an interest in some quarters to finish up their... Read More