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When $1.5 Trillion Could Be Too Low, the Price Tag Is Too High

October 01, 2014 | Other Words | National Security

It's not too late to for Congress to curb the Pentagon's plans for the absurdly expensive F-35 combat jet.... Read More

A Mandate for Higher Prices

September 30, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report | Agriculture , Energy

Any day now, the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to announce final volumes of biofuels required to be blended with U.S. gasoline... Read More

A Look at the NFL

September 24, 2014 | Capital Insider | Budget & Tax , Energy

In 2012, the National Football League pulled in more than $9 billion, making it the most lucrative sports organization in the world. So... Read More

Local Public Agencies Spend Thousands to Hire Washington Lobbyists

September 24, 2014 | Ventura County Star | Earmarks & Appropriations

WASHINGTON — Several Ventura County public agencies have spent more than $228,000 in taxpayers' money for Washington lobbyists so far this... Read More

Farm-State Democrat Risks Defeat Even After Saving Aid

September 18, 2014 | Bloomberg | Agriculture

U.S. Representative Collin Peterson is banking his re-election on the sugar beet. Peterson has been a reliable friend to the industry,... Read More

Powering a Tax Overhaul

September 17, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report | Budget & Tax , Energy

Even as Congress is racing to get out of town, the Senate Finance Committee is holding an important hearing tomorrow entitled, “Reforming... Read More

How Obama Will Pay for His War

September 15, 2014 | Roll Call | Earmarks & Appropriations , National Security

The White House doesn’t know yet how much the new war with ISIS will cost, but it knows how it will pay for it: the all-purpose war funding... Read More

Numbers Back Up Obama Deficit Claim

September 12, 2014 | PolitiFact.com |

In 2012, PolitiFact twice rated True claims that President Barack Obama failed to keep a promise to cut federal deficits in half by the end... Read More

Congress Should Let the Wasteful Export-Import Bank Expire

September 12, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report | Budget & Tax

One fight that is sure to get a lot of attention in the run-up to the midterm elections is the renewal of the Export-Import Bank, known as... Read More

The case against ‘nonprofits 1 and 2’ in Fattah probe

September 09, 2014 | Philadelphia Enquirer | Budget & Tax

WASHINGTON - Their missions were admirable: Boost education programs for Philadelphia schoolchildren and provide college scholarships. But... Read More

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September 25, 2014

Pricey Plane to Keep

Volume XIX No.39 The Pentagon’s fancy new fighter, the F-35, is on pace to be the most expensive weapon... Read More