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The Cost of Fighting ISIS

October 16, 2014 | WJLA | National Security

The Cost of Fighting ISIS Ellis interview October 14, 2014 Prior to the start of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq the Pentagon had been trying to make budget cuts to... Read More

Laws plummet in post-earmark era

October 15, 2014 | The Hill | Budget & Tax

Laws plummet in post-earmark era The number of bills signed into law has plummeted since Washington politicians banned earmarks. Since the 2010 moratorium, Congress passed... Read More

Sensible Defense Budget Savings

October 15, 2014 | US News & World Report | National Security

Sensible Defense Budget Savings There is a multi-billion dollar elephant in the room where Pentagon budget deals are made and broken. The name of that elephant is... Read More

Time to Get Real About the F-35

October 08, 2014 | Huffington Post | National Security

Time to Get Real About the F-35 I understand the reluctance to simply walk away from the Pentagon's plan to buy a fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike... Read More

Barack Obama Says Deficit Fell from 10 Percent of GDP to 3 Percent on His Watch

October 07, 2014 | Politifact | Budget & Tax

Barack Obama Says Deficit Fell from 10 Percent of GDP to 3 Percent on His Watch During a speech at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014, President Barack Obama offered a rosy -- if cautious -- view on the state of the... Read More

GovWatch: Report Says Air Force Overspending by Billions

October 07, 2014 | Dayton Daily News | Budget & Tax , National Security

GovWatch: Report Says Air Force Overspending by Billions The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $8.8 billion on possibly unnecessary attack drones, according to an inspector general’s report last week... Read More

Making Exceptions to Austerity Rules

October 06, 2014 | CQ Roll Call | Agriculture , Budget & Tax

Making Exceptions to Austerity Rules In an era of budget austerity,some agencies and programs seem to be immune from spending cuts on Capitol Hill. These favored agencies have... Read More

When Interests Overlap for Durbin, Lobbyist Wife

October 06, 2014 | Chicago Tribune | Earmarks & Appropriations

When Interests Overlap for Durbin, Lobbyist Wife Sen. Dick Durbin has long said that he and his wife, Loretta, an Illinois lobbyist, take pains to separate their work and avoid conflicts of... Read More

Feds, Navajo Nation Settle $554M Case over Natural Resources Management

October 06, 2014 | SNL Energy | Energy , Natural Resources

Feds, Navajo Nation Settle $554M Case over Natural Resources Management Ending nearly eight years of legal challenges, the U.S. government announced a settlement with the Navajo Nation over allegations that... Read More

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Steve Ellis, Taxpayers For Common Sense

October 03, 2014 | Roll Call | National Security

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Steve Ellis, Taxpayers For Common Sense “When it comes to the Pentagon, if it’s worth spending, it’s worth overspending,” said Steve Ellis of Taxpayers for Common Sense. The... Read More

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October 17, 2014

Making Hay Out of Dams

California may be dubbed the “Golden State” but when you look at the drought monitor map, it’s more like the... Read More