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Reduce the federal deficit

March 13, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

CQ Today, the authoritative online news journal covering Congress, is reporting that small bipartisan groups in both the House and Senate are back at the tough task of tackling the long-term federal deficit challenges that threaten the economic health of the nation. The activity is taking place quietly, out of sight of the distorting lenses [&hellip...

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Shining a light on super PACs

February 28, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

It’s well-known that the Supreme Court in its 2010 Citizens United decision lifted restrictions on political advertising by unions and corporations, contributing to the orgy of special-interest spending already on view in the 2012 presidential campaign....

Iwo Jima

February 23, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Sixty-seven years ago this week, American forces engaged in one of the most iconic and important battles of World War II when they fought to secure the island of Iwo Jima. Iwo Jima was a small island located about 650 nautical miles south of Tokyo, a part of...

Go slow on cybersecurity

February 21, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

A month after Congress backed away from legislation that would have given government unprecedented power over the Internet, the Senate is preparing to fast-track another bill that would regulate cyberspace. The Hill reported last week that Majority Leader...

Airline ticket pricing

February 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Baffled and bewildered travelers are getting a break this month, but airlines want to take it away. A welcome federal rule for more disclosure of fares faces industry opposition and a challenge from airline allies in Congress. The subject is a familiar one...

Grading Congress

February 17, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Congress recently received an overall grade of C-minus from 40 top academic experts who make it a habit to study that legislative body. In the old days a C was considered average, so a C-minus would be slightly below average. And “slightly below average”...

Tax hikes will slow growth

February 14, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

Denying the impact of taxes on the economy should be a lot harder for lawmakers now that the Congressional Budget Office has spelled it out in the most precise terms. The nonpartisan CBO took a look at the future of the budget deficit and came up with some...

Obama plan would prolong pain

February 7, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

It was predictable that President Barack Obama would pander again to entitlement sentiments. This time it involves the misguided belief that everyone is entitled to homeownership, even at the government’s — the taxpayers’ — expense. But the...

Obama has greens squirming

January 31, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

When President Barack Obama promised last week to open 75 percent of potential offshore gas and oil resources to drilling and praised the controversial fracking method for extracting untapped oil reserves on land, a collective shudder went through his green...

Politics of the pipeline denial

January 24, 2012 • EditorialComments Off

By denying a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline last week, President Barack Obama may succeed in delaying until after November’s election the politically difficult decision of which loyal constituency to offend, big labor or environmental activists. What...