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  • Robert J. Samuelson: Honest talk about budget absent from both parties

    When it comes to the federal budget, what consistently unites Democrats and Republicans is their common capacity to lie to themselves, lie to the public and postpone any serious discussion …


  • House passes farm bill, crop subsidies preserved

    The House has passed an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation’s farmers. The vote was …


  • McMorris Rodgers: GOP won’t back down on budget fight

    U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the Spokane Republican at the center of the partial government shutdown, said Friday the GOP remains united in forcing Democrats to the negotiating table over …


  • Obama signs bill despite earmarks

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama railed against pork-barrel projects Wednesday. Then he signed a massive spending bill stuffed with them. Still, Obama pledged to reform the process by which so-called …


  • Senate approves spending bill

    The Senate on Tuesday passed the $410 billion omnibus spending bill that critics say also includes billions of dollars of political pork. The bill, which will fund most Cabinet departments …

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