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House Agriculture Committee Looks to Milk Taxpayers

February 24, 2017 | Agriculture

Agriculture Committee members ignore cost overruns to plead for more subsidies for dairy.... Read More

Can’t Fight Terror with Nukes

December 23, 2016 | National Security

Can’t Fight Terror with Nukes Looking back at the last year or so, we have started at least two commentaries with, “Terrorists have struck again in a major European... Read More

Continuing Resolution Contains $14 Billion in Off-Budget Spending

December 08, 2016 | National Security

Continuing Resolution Contains $14 Billion in Off-Budget Spending Congress is set to debate a stop-gap spending bill funding the government after the current bill expires December 9th. The bill,... Read More

Pentagon Hides Pentagon-Commissioned Study That Told Them How to Save $125 Billion

December 06, 2016 | National Security

Pentagon Hides Pentagon-Commissioned Study That Told Them How to Save $125 Billion Just in time for the release of a draft Continuing Resolution to keep the federal government working past Friday, the Washington Post... Read More

Conference Report: NDAA (FY 2017) | Analysis

December 01, 2016 | National Security

Conference Report: NDAA (FY 2017) | Analysis The massive piece of compromise legislation that sets Pentagon policy for Fiscal Year 2017 was just released to the public... Read More

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size Recently, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) took another step toward finalizing an amendment to its plan for managing the Tongass National... Read More

Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines

August 09, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Covering Costs of Cleaning Up Coal Mines The Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE), in a new policy advisory to states on surface coal mining, says that coal... Read More

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill

June 08, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Senate Considers FY17 Defense Authorization Bill Just when we thought some fiscally responsible ideas might be bubbling to the top in the United States Senate, our hopes have been dashed... Read More

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors Granted, we’re writing this on the East Coast where the weather has been particularly wretched this Spring. We’re getting tired of all this... Read More

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding

May 02, 2016 | Energy

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding On Friday, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Energy (DOE) released an unusually urgent report underscoring a number of... Read More

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Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

February 24, 2017

Treat Taxpayers Royal(t)y

Congress is on the verge of laying waste to the methane waste rule. This would be doubly bad for taxpayers... Read More

TCS Rated 4-Star Charity!

U.S. Coal to Germany

The Unaffordable F-35

The President’s Budget for FY2015

The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 is out. Get the facts and see our analysis.

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