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Military Equipment for Local Police Questioned Amid Ferguson Violence

August 20, 2014 | CNN | National Security

Joe Johns looks at a federal program that provides heavy equipment to police forces like Ferguson. JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON... Read More

Pentagon provides military equipment to Ventura County Sheriff’s Office

August 20, 2014 | Ventura County Star | National Security

WASHINGTON -- The Ventura County Sheriff's Office has received more than 200 M-16 or M-14 rifles, 1,800 flashlights, a helicopter,... Read More

Putting Energy Into an Overhaul

August 13, 2014 | US News & World Report |

Last year, Congress created the “Commission to Review the Effectiveness of the National Energy Laboratories,” and in Washington it didn’t... Read More

Extreme Makeover: Canal Edition

August 13, 2014 | OtherWords |

Panama! Panama-ah-ah-ah! The lyrics from the eponymous Van Halen song could just as easily be the nation’s port policy — if the country... Read More

Billy Long’s bill a symptom, symbol of gridlock

August 12, 2014 | Gannett News Service | Budget & Tax

WASHINGTON – It has a catchy name — the Taxpayer Transparency Act — and it's pretty simple. Sponsored by Springfield GOP Rep. Billy Long, the... Read More

Biosimilar Naming Debate Expands As Groups Jump In, Push Shared Names

August 08, 2014 | Inside Health Policy |

A handful of consumer groups focusing on economics policies are piping up in the biosimilar debate and asking FDA not to be distracted by... Read More

New Oil and Gas Drilling Financed Largely With Debt

August 07, 2014 | | Budget & Tax , Energy

Major oil and gas companies are taking on an increasing share of debt in order to maintain drilling momentum, according to data from the... Read More

Politicians leave Washington after doing little

August 06, 2014 | The Columbus Dispatch |

WASHINGTON – Tax reform? Nope. Immigration reform? Forget about it. Spending bills? No way. Congress left town last week for a monthlong... Read More

The Surprising Truth About Oil and Gas Tax Breaks

August 06, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report | Budget & Tax , Energy

At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we recently analyzed the federal income taxes paid over the last five years by some of the largest U.S.-based... Read More

Poll: Americans support highways but not paying more for them

August 06, 2014 | Washington Post | Transportation & Infrastructure

When members of Congress climbed into trains, planes and automobiles for a five-week hiatus from Washington last week, one phrase probably... Read More

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August 15, 2014

A La Carte Tax Reform

While the drumbeat for comprehensive tax reform has been thumping for a while, recent news and reports are... Read More