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Budget deal aims to raise more for pension guarantees

Dec 11, 2013
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation backs up about 44 million people’s retirements … and it’s got problems.
Posted In: federal budget, sequestration

Senate Democrats go nuclear, maybe blow up any chance for budget deal, too

Nov 22, 2013
Senate Democrats made a major change to Senate rules yesterday, and may have also destroyed any chance for a budget compromise.
Posted In: federal budget, Senate

Lessons Congress can learn from middle school

Oct 4, 2013
As the fight over the nation's budget continues, we pose the question: Is Congress smarter than a seventh grader?
Posted In: federal budget, government shutdown 2013, kids

Once again, Congress threatens a federal budget crisis

Sep 20, 2013
We’re about to hear a lot about the debt ceiling and the threat of a government shutdown.
Posted In: federal budget, government shutdown

President Obama, Congress and the middle class

Jul 23, 2013
President Obama says he is going to refocus his efforts on the economy. How much can he really do?
Posted In: Boehner, Republicans, Obama, middle class, federal budget

Obama to kick off White House economic offensive

Jul 22, 2013
Starting Wednesday, President Obama will make a series of speeches on the economy. He's trying to set the stage for this fall.
Posted In: Obama, debt, federal budget, Economy

Could the country’s largest public power utility really become private?

May 22, 2013
President Obama floated the idea of selling the Tennessee Valley Authority in his budget, released last month. He started receiving pushback almost immediately.
Posted In: Obama, federal budget, energy

U.S. pays down debt for first time in six years

Apr 30, 2013
The Treasury Department is expected to start paying down U.S. government debt this quarter for the first time in six years.
Posted In: treasury, federal budget, budget deficit, sequester

What we mean by 'entitlement'? Well, that depends...

Apr 22, 2013
'Entitlement' has almost contradictory meanings in casual conversation - and also, depending on your views, in political discourse about the social safety net
Posted In: entitlements, safety net, federal budget

Obama budgets money to tug asteroids into orbit

Apr 11, 2013
Where does tech fit into President Obama's new budget proposal? One answer is the $17.7 billion set aside for the U.S. space program.
Posted In: NASA, space, Obama, federal budget

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