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Paying Uncle Sam

April 17, 2014 | WJLA News Channel 8 | Budget & Tax

Millions of Americans have filed their federal and state income taxes. Where is all of that money going? Ryan Alexander, president... Read More

Starting a Tax Day Dialogue

April 15, 2014 | US News & World Report | Budget & Tax

Today is April 15, the one day every year when most Americans think about taxes. So I thought I would take this opportunity to step back and... Read More

First on CNN: Tax-writing lawmakers’ tax issues—do as I say…

April 15, 2014 | CNN | Budget & Tax

Washington (CNN) -- The House Ways and Means Committee is the oldest, and arguably the most powerful, in Congress with members... Read More

Guilt By Association in Louisiana

April 14, 2014 | FactCheck.org | Natural Resources

In a classic case of misdirection, the Senate Majority PAC claims the “out-of-state billionaire Koch brothers” are spending millions to... Read More

The Poster Child for Government Boondoggles

April 14, 2014 | US News & World Report | Energy

In South Carolina, about a 30 minute drive from Augusta, Ga., down Route 125 is the Savannah River Nuclear Site. Savannah River is home to... Read More

Congress Up in Arms Over Pentagon Cost-Cutting Steps

April 14, 2014 | The Fiscal Times | National Security

About half a dozen members of Congress, independently of each other, raised objections this week to a slew of spending reductions proposed by the Defense Department as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. ... Read More

Triumph of the Drill

April 14, 2014 | Mother Jones | Energy

Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world's most profitable companies.... Read More

Throwing Good Money After Bad on the Border

April 14, 2014 | US News & World Report | National Security

One recurrent theme in all of the various discussions of immigration policy is the need to “secure the border." While curtailing illegal... Read More

GOP Lawmakers Balk When Spending Cuts Turn Real

April 09, 2014 | Associated Press | Budget & Tax

When House Republicans pass Rep. Paul Ryan's budget for a fourth year in a row this week, they'll go on record again in favor of big... Read More

No Plans to Charge Family for Sea Rescue of Baby

April 09, 2014 | Associated Press |

It took three federal agencies, a fixed-wing aircraft, a Navy warship and scores of personnel to rescue an ill baby girl and her family from... Read More

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April 18, 2014

Western Welfare Queens

Americans often look at the men and women who earn their living off the land in the west as rugged... Read More