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  • Why Children Lose Out in the Federal Budget

    By Michael Rainey

    The federal government spends much less on children than it does the elderly, with the latter claiming roughly 35 percent of the annual budget. The disparity is driven in part by the government’s...

  • A red traffic light stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington

    Spending Caps Could Come Roaring Back in 2020

    By Michael Rainey

    Congress has busted through its self-imposed spending caps for this year and next, enabling the government to spend billions more that the limits imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The...

  • U.S. President Trump talks with U.S. Army Major General Piatt during demonstration at Fort Drum, New York

    Cost of Trump’s Military Parade Rising Fast

    By Michael Rainey

    It looks like President Trump’s military parade is going to cost a lot more than the initial estimate suggested – about $80 million more. The Department of Defense pegged the cost of the parade at...

  • A cyclist passes the U.S. Capitol in Washington

    Congress Puts Spending Bills in Gear

    By Michael Rainey

    Congress is on pace to do something it hasn’t done in more than 20 years: pass all of its spending bills before the fiscal year begins on October 1. How they’re doing it: In order to move the...

  • U.S. President Donald Trump holds a space astronaut toy as he participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive at the White House in Washington D.C.

    Trump Wants $8 Billion to Build the Space Force

    By Michael Rainey

    The Trump administration wants to spend $8 billion over the next five years to establish the U.S. Space Force as a sixth branch of the military, Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday. In a speech...

  • An artist's concept of a Space Laser Satellite Defense System.

    Pentagon Plans Liftoff for Space Force

    By Michael Rainey

    Congress failed to provide funding for President Trump’s “Space Force” in its 2019 defense spending bill , but that hasn’t stopped the Pentagon from working on a plan for the new military agency. The...

  • U.S. President Trump and Italy's Prime Minister Conte hold joint news conference at the White House in Washington

    How to Interpret Trump's Surprise Government Shutdown Threat

    Surprise! President Donald Trump is once again threatening to shut down the government over his desire for stricter immigration policies and funding for a border wall with Mexico. “I would be willing...

  • Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks during an event to introduce the "Medicare for All Act of 2017\

    Putting a Price Tag on Medicare for All

    By Michael Rainey

    Sen. Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal would increase federal spending by $32.6 trillion over 10 years, according to a new analysis of the proposed legislation by a libertarian think tank...

  • December 16, 2015

    The Economy Is Booming. Will It Last?

    By Yuval Rosenberg and Michael Rainey

    The U.S. economy is humming. Gross domestic product grew at an annualized 4.1 percent rate in the second quarter, the Commerce Department said Friday in its initial estimate for the period. The surge...

  • A Hefty Price Tag for Republicans' 3 Health Care Bills

    By Michael Rainey

    Driven by concern that they’ll be held responsible for rising costs and other problems with the health care system, House Republicans passed bills this week that would, among other things, eliminate...

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