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Chris Hayes: American public wants to increase or maintain government spending despite rhetoric

Chris Hayes began his Sunday show by discussing a recent Pew Research poll that asked Americans whether they wanted to increase, decrease, or maintain funding levels for various government programs. While in the abstract Americans often advocate for cuts, when asked about specifics in a poll conducted between Feb. 13…

Congress postpones ‘debt ceiling’ deadline

The US Congress on Thursday suspended the country’s debt ceiling until May, giving lawmakers three months for high-stakes budget negotiations and averting a potentially catastrophic default. The Senate voted 64 to 34 in favour of the bill, which had already passed in the House of Representatives last week, authorising the…

U.S. recovery stalls after first quarter of negative growth in three years

The US economic recovery juddered to a halt in the final months of 2012 as the government slashed defence spending, business orders declined, and Washington fought over the fiscal cliff budget crisis. The GDP of the world’s biggest economy shrank for the first time in three and a half years…

Republican Senators: Slash jobs instead of defense spending

A group of Republican Senators will propose on Thursday a bill to stop mandatory defense spending cuts triggered by the failure of the congressional super committee, putting in its place a plan to reduce the number of federal workers and freeze the pay of others. The proposal would save about…

Republicans push $915 billion spending bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans introduced a $915 billion spending bill in the House of Representatives early on Thursday in an attempt to force Democrats to finalize legislation that would keep the U.S. government operating beyond the weekend. Only two days are left until a temporary funding measure expires and the…

Not my tax dollars, part two

Thanks to everyone who submitted videos to the Center for Reproductive Rights after the first anti-Hyde video. Here’s some of the responses they got from folks explaining what they’d nix if they had veto power over some government spending.…

Winger Tea Bagger calls Obama a ‘fascist’

These ignorant wingers are out and about protesting government spending at the Tea Parties being held today, calling the president a fascist. Wait, I thought he was a socialist. Amanda Terkel of Think Progress just Tweeted “MSNBC: White House lawn evacuated bc someone threw a tea bag over the fence.”…

John Lott: Still Wrong After All These Years

Via Plunderbund, John Lott (or as he’s known in superhero circle, the Drastically Unethical John Lott) is back to prove that all of our problems surrounding out of control gubmint spending stem back to…women. Academics have for some time pondered why the government started growing precisely when it did. The…

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