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4 Big Questions for Interior-Nominee Ryan Zinke

January 17, 2017 | U.S. News & World Report | Energy , Natural Resources

At my organization, we are watching all of the confirmation hearings for new cabinet members with both interest and an eye on the fiscal... Read More

Exxon’s Tax Wars Entangle Tillerson in Potential Conflicts

January 10, 2017 | E&E News | Energy

Two months before President-elect Donald Trump selected Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of State, lawyers for Exxon... Read More

What Are Conservatives Doing Voting to Increase Debt by $9 Trillion?

January 09, 2017 | Centre Daily Times | Budget & Tax

WASHINGTON — Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have been adamant – the federal debt is way too high and has got to be tamed fast. Cruz, a... Read More

Bring Back Bacon? Southern Illinois Congressmen Push For Return of Budget Earmarks

January 07, 2017 | Chicago Tribune | Earmarks & Appropriations

Congressmen from southern Illinois want the return of so-called earmarks that allow local representatives designate federal funds for local... Read More

Bringing Back the Bacon: Southern Illinois’ Congressmen Push for Return of Earmarks

January 06, 2017 | The Southern Illinoisan | Earmarks & Appropriations

Decades ago, before pork-barrel spending became a pejorative term in American politics, earmarks helped build Southern Illinois. Today, this... Read More

Medicare Failed To Recover Up To $125 Million In Overpayments From Private Insurers

January 06, 2017 | NPR |

Six years ago, federal health officials were confident they could save taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually by auditing private... Read More

New Class of Ballistic Missile Submarines Reaches Milestone

January 05, 2017 | The Day | National Security

The estimated $128 billion program to build a new class of ballistic missile submarines is taking another step forward after achieving what... Read More

The Trump Effect on Ag Issues in Washington

January 04, 2017 | Successful Farming | Agriculture

Farmers and the rest of rural America were key to putting Donald Trump into the White House, energized by his attacks on overregulation and... Read More

Why Some in Congress Think Bringing Back Earmarks Would be a Good Thing

December 30, 2016 | McClatchy DC | Earmarks & Appropriations

Washington — One of the first questions before the new Congress when it’s sworn in next week could surprise voters who hoped the election... Read More

Bring Back Earmarks? Some Republicans In Congress Are Pushing For It

December 27, 2016 | The Columbus Dispatch | Earmarks & Appropriations

WASHINGTON — When Congress banned earmarks in 2011, it was hailed as a move toward fiscal discipline and away from the much-criticized “pork”... Read More

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January 19, 2017

Why Ethics Matter

In 2014, the GSA was  mired in scandal when a senior employee used government funds to pay... Read More

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January 19, 2017

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