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Consumer Pressure Has Congress Considering Overturning Raw Milk Ban
Consumer Pressure Has Congress Considering Overturning Raw Milk Ban By
In Congress, an interesting fight about milk is brewing in the House of Representatives. With the push to repeal the ban receiving bipartisan support, raw milk sales have the potential to become a campaign issue. While Congress has...
‘Better Off’ Budget Attacks Status Quo With Bold Progressive Vision
‘Better Off’ Budget Attacks Status Quo With Bold Progressive Vision By
With the release of what the Congressional Progressive Caucus is calling its ‘Better Off Budget‘ on Wednesday, the most left-leaning members of Congress once again prove that good ideas do exist on Capitol Hill even if political realities threaten to make sure...
House Oversight Screaming Match Shows How Dysfunctional Congress Has Become (Video)
House Oversight Screaming Match Shows How Dysfunctional Congress Has Become (Video) By
On Wednesday, a hearing of the House Oversight and Reform Committee turned Congress into a theater of the surreal. After Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the committee’s chairman, closed a hearing without allowing any other member of the committee to speak, a screaming match...
Ominous CBO Report Triggers Congressional Inaction
Ominous CBO Report Triggers Congressional Inaction By
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report released on Feb. 4, has a simple title, “The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024.” It’s a dry work with a lot of charts and graphs and more than a few assumptions, outlining the challenges for the next 10 years of...
Where Are The Jobs?
Where Are The Jobs? By
The monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is a highly watched set of economic data both politically and economically.  With at least 10 million people unemployed, and many more either having given up or stuck with short hours, the report is a major...
Congress Wants ‘Black Budget’ Info On Spy Agency Spending
Congress Wants ‘Black Budget’ Info On Spy Agency Spending By
Getting information on the intelligence spending habits of the United States has been virtually impossible over the years, with only a single dollar figure of all spending everywhere released publicly, usually in the $70-$75 billion range. But there are 16 distinct civilian...
Obama Signing Farm Bill That Trims Food Stamps
Obama Signing Farm Bill That Trims Food Stamps By
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is carrying out a presidential duty that he hasn’t had a lot of opportunity to perform recently: signing into law a major piece of bipartisan legislation. Obama planned to sign a far-reaching farm bill Friday at Michigan...
Boehner: ‘We’re Not Going To Default’ On Debt
Boehner: ‘We’re Not Going To Default’ On Debt By
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner promised Thursday that the GOP-controlled House won’t miss a late-February deadline to increase the government’s borrowing cap. “Look, we do not want to default on our debt, and we’re not going to default...
Obama Threatens To Veto New Sanctions Against Iran
Obama Threatens To Veto New Sanctions Against Iran By
WASHINGTON (AP) — Any new economic sanctions that Congress tries to impose against Iran during international negotiations to limit the Islamic republic’s nuclear program will be vetoed, President Barack Obama warned lawmakers on Tuesday, even as he acknowledged...
FACT CHECK: Obama And Medicare Premiums
FACT CHECK: Obama And Medicare Premiums By
WASHINGTON (AP) — It seems to be something of an occupational hazard for President Barack Obama: When he talks about his health care law, he’s bound to hit a fact bump sooner or later. So it went Tuesday night, when he declared Medicare premiums have stayed flat...