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February 17 2014

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February 12 2014

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Big Food Company Recalls Almost Nine Million Pounds of Beef That Were Never Inspected

readersupportednews.org - By Sy Mukherjee - Feb. 12 (News Report) - food safety inspections are stymied by a significant lack of funding and insufficient staff. Although President Obama signed the largest overhaul of America's food safety regimen in 70 years into law in 2010, officials are concerned that the planned changes won't become a reality without more appropriations.

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December 16 2013

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"Makes Absolutely No Sense": David Cay Johnston on Budget Deal That Helps Billionaires, Not the Poor

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 16 (News Analysis) - A bipartisan budget deal to avert another government shutdown comes before the Senate this week. The vast majority of House members from both parties approved the two-year budget agreement last week in a 332-to-94 vote. It is being hailed as a breakthrough compromise for Democrats and Republicans. The bill eases across-the-board spending cuts, replacing them with new airline fees and cuts to federal pensions. In a concession by Democrats, it does not extend unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people, which are set to expire this month. To discuss the deal, we are joined by David Cay Johnston, an investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize while at The New York Times. He is currently a columnist for Tax Analysts and Al Jazeera, as well as a contributing editor at Newsweek.

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December 12 2013

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Is there $200 billion in duplicative federal spending?

Washington Post - By Glenn Kessler - Dec. 12 (Fact Check) - “I’m real disappointed in the [budget] deal. The GAO says we’ve got $200 billion in wasteful, duplicate spending every year. And what we do is we raise fees, raise money, steal money, raise the cost of pensions for federal workers.” –Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Dec. 11, 2013 In expressing his […]    

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Boehner lashes out at conservative groups on budget deal - NBCNews.com

NBCNews.com - By Michael O'Brien - Dec. 12 (News) - Republican leaders defended a modest budget deal that would maintain government operations through 2015 amid conservative opposition that could scuttle the legislation in the House. House Speaker ... Conservative groups oppose new budget deal Atlanta Journal Constitution House Set to Vote on Budget, With the Right Still in Dissent New York Times Paul Ryan: Budget criticism is "a little frustrating" CBS News Businessweek Politico Buffalo News all 1,969 news ...

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December 05 2013

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Government Policy Designed for the One Percent Screws Walmart Workers

AlterNet - By Dean Baker - Dec. 05 (News Analysis) - the cards were not just dealt out randomly; there was a rigged deck. People with better alternatives don't go to work for Walmart at eight or nine dollars an hour. And a main reason that Walmart workers don't have better alternatives is that we have run economic policy in a way that doesn't give them better alternatives. Part of this story is our trade policy.

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December 02 2013

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What an Underfunded IRS Means for Fraudsters

TruthDig - By Alexander Reed Kelly - Dec. 02 (News Report) - A $100 million charity fraud that a former Army intelligence officer and Harvard Law graduate almost pulled off underscores the criminal enrichment opportunities that weakened oversight bureaus offer clever thieves.

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November 16 2013

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Senate Poised to Fund Programs the Military Doesn’t Want

pogo.org - By Ethan Rosenkranz - Nov. 16 (Investigative Report) - Here are just some of the things military leaders have said they don’t want so far, but members of Senate Armed Services Committee decided to include in the Fiscal Year 2014 NDAA anyway:

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November 12 2013

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Meet Your Taxpayer-Subsidized Farm Bill Billionaires!

Huffington Post - By Jason Linkins - Nov. 12 (Investigative Report) - Surely, these subsidies are helping to keep an important way of life alive for the True Sons of Soil and Toil ... like, say, multi-billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Wait. What? He's a farmer? Ha ha, yes. As it turns out, your taxpayer dollars "subsidize" the "farming" that's being done by a host of mega-rich superstars from the Forbes 400 list, none of whom you'd immediately associate with the sort of hardscrabble agri-artisan who's in need of a leg up from the federal government. But their numbers are legion.

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November 09 2013

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Even Right-Wingers Become Liberals When They Turn Off Fox News

AlterNet - By Paul Rosenberg - Nov. 09 (Special Report) - today’s elite media also thrives on superficial coverage of controversy, which makes it complicit in generating the very extremism it simultaneous deplores, condemns and needs to hold at bay in order to legitimate itself.

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October 25 2013

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Pentagon pushes for billions to refurbish nuclear bombs

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - By Kingston Reif - Oct. 25 (News) - The case against the proposed B61 life extension is simple: It is unaffordable, unworkable, and unnecessary. In addition, it is premised on assumptions about demand for nuclear bombs that may no longer be valid 10 years from now, when the program is scheduled to be completed. It would be foolish to spend $11 billion on an overly ambitious overhaul, when the future of at least half the weapons is uncertain and more cost-effective alternatives are available.

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October 11 2013

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How Christian Delusions Are Driving the GOP Insane

AlterNet - By Amanda Marcotte - Oct. 11 (News Analysis) - The press often talks about the Tea Party like they’re secularist movement that is interested mainly in promoting “fiscal conservatism”, a vague notion that never actually seems to make good on the promise to save taxpayer money. The reality is much different: The Tea Party is actually driven primarily by fundamentalist Christians whose penchant for magical thinking and belief that they’re being guided by divine forces makes it tough for them to see the real world as it is.

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October 10 2013

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Republicans Offer Short-Term Deal To Raise Debt Limit, Leave Government Shutdown

Huffington Post - By Michael McAuliff - Oct. 10 (News Report) - "Republicans may let one hostage go, but they are keeping a gun to the head of the other, while reserving the right to kidnap the first one again in a few weeks," an aide to Senate leadership told HuffPost on background, because the House's formal legislation has yet to be released.

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October 07 2013

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The Great Sucker Play

readersupportednews.org - By Charles Pierce - Oct. 07 (News Analysis) - At this point, with the whole obsessive-compulsive fascination with the Affordable Care Act having waned somewhat, the Republicans are deeply confused as to why they are doing what they are doing to the country. (In this case, I am speaking of those Republicans who can still reach sanity without asking for the area code. The rump faction that's driving the party, of course, has no doubt of what it's doing at all. It believes it's forming up at Stirling Bridge against the forces of Edward Longshanks.) And, at the same time, even if they don't realize it, they're winning.

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October 06 2013

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A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

New York Times - By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Mike McIntire - Oct. 06 (News Report) - Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups. It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

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Pentagon to recall most furloughed workers, Hagel says

Washington Post - By Craig Whitlock - Oct. 06 (News) - The Pentagon will recall most of its furloughed civilian workers in the coming days, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday, in a move that could substantially ease the impact of the government shutdown on the federal workforce. ...

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October 04 2013

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The Shutdown in 10 Infuriating Sentences

Mother Jones - By Kevin Drum - Oct. 04 (News Analysis) - At its core, the dispute over the budget and the debt ceiling isn't complicated at all. But it is full of misconceptions and urban myths. Here are the 10 facts worth remembering past all the obfuscation:

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October 02 2013

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Republicans Spent Year Blocking Budget Conference (VIDEO)

Huffington Post - By Michael McAuliff - Oct. 02 (News Report) - Having failed to convince Senate Democrats to go along, the Republicans resorted to seeking a "conference committee" to resolve the differences. For Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, the move is ironic. She has been trying for more than a half-year to go to a conference to work out dramatic differences between the Senate budget and the House version. Senate and House Republicans have objected, repeatedly.

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America's Biggest Newspapers Slam The GOP Over Shutdown

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Oct. 02 (News Analysis) - Republicans looking for supporters of their shutdown strategy will have to look somewhere other than the country's biggest newspapers. Of the ten most widely-read papers in America, not a single title's editorial board seemed to think that the House GOP caucus was going about things the right way.

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September 30 2013

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Budget showdown a test of wills as shutdown deadline comes into view - Fox News

Fox News - Sep. 30 (News Report) - The House began to consider yet another counterproposal to delay ObamaCare as the minutes melted away in advance of a midnight deadline Monday -- as President Obama said he's holding out hope that Congress will come together "in the 11th hour."

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