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Dem governors group raises $20M over the summer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' committee to elect governors said Tuesday that it raised almost $20 million during July, August and September, taking its fundraising tally for the year to $47 million.<p>The Democratic Governors Association said the three-month haul was a record and double what it raised …

Chamber Of Commerce Has Spent $15 Million On Races Where GOP Opposes Them On Immigration

The pro-business lobby is big on an overhaul of current immigration laws. Most of their money is going to races with people who aren't.<p>WASHINGTON — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce may want the GOP to change its tune on immigration policy, but that isn't stopping the powerful business lobby from …

The ten worst environment decisions in Abbott's first year

A year after his election, what does the Abbott government's environmental record look like? The answer is not pretty.<p>This Sunday marks a year since Tony Abbott was elected. The prime minister is riding low in the opinion polls as the least popular prime minister in twenty five years, with a net …

Farmers, Fighters, Clean Energy: How Smart Policies Help the Economy and the Environment

The Obama administration has come up with a way to support our farmers and our military veterans -- while at the same time helping our economy and our environment through more clean energy.<p>On Thursday, the Department of Agriculture announced it will invest $68 million in more than 500 renewable …

Midterm Elections See a Surge in Ads About Energy and Environment

Political ads about energy and the environment will likely reach their highest number ever this election cycle, according to the <i>Cook Political Report</i>.<p>…

Oops… EPA chief says costs of saving the environment ‘outweigh the benefits’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy slipped up while making a speech Thursday by saying the costs of protecting the environment are larger than the benefits.<p>“The health and economic benefits of the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments by themselves… the costs outweigh the …

State Department: Human Activity Threatens ‘Sustainability’ of Outer-Space Environment

Human activity threatens the “sustainability, stability, safety, and security of the space environment,” a State Department official warned …

Hillary Clinton's Bizarre Critique of U.S. Foreign Policy

Is patriotic storytelling really the solution to America's international relations problem?<p>Tuesday night on <i>The Daily Show</i>, Hillary Clinton showed why she gives a great interview. When Stewart mocked the pretense that she’s not yet decided to run for president, Hillary didn’t stiffen or get …

The Brutality Of ISIS Has Transformed US Foreign Policy

Over the past two weeks, the American foreign-policy debate has dramatically changed. The key to understanding why lies in a book. The book is called <i>Special Providence</i>. Published 13 years ago by Walter Russell Mead, it remains, for my money, the best analysis of American foreign policy written in …

Political Science

Obama’s ISIS Policy in Historical Context

The president has finally moved toward one of America’s four main foreign-policy traditions.<p>President Obama’s speech at the United Nations last week …

Political Science

Why the 'We Can't Teach About LGBT History for Religious Reasons' Argument Makes No Sense Whatsoever

As a history teacher, I cherish history and know the importance of all people's history. However, when it comes to teaching LGBT history, many so-called religious people always pull out the religious card... and that makes no sense whatsoever. Consider that most historical figures (even many …

LGBTQ

Why Michigan's LGBT Community Can't Afford to Lose the Senate

I was standing at a bus stop in one of the safest, pro-LGBT communities in the state of Michigan. Even there, I still could hear the word: <i>faggot.</i><p>I checked my surroundings. My entire body tensed up. I looked to see if any police or campus security were around. Two frat boys to my side hugged each …

LGBTQ

Struggle Against LGBT Rights Shows Immorality, Just Not The Way They Think

In the struggle against LGBT rights, many have tried to make love an evil and ruthlessness a good. In the middle, between the ideologues, are a mass of people who in the last twenty years have come around to the light and realized that perhaps <i>love is just love.</i><p>Despite that, there is a much darker …

Lesbian Couple Featured In Arizona Dem's Ad Hitting Opponent Over Anti-LGBT Bill

A Democrat running for secretary of state in Arizona is highlighting his Republican opponent's vote in favor of a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse services to LGBT people on "religious freedom" grounds.<p>Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard's new television …

U.S. Destroys $500M Planes, Sells for 6 Cent Scrap

Sixteen military transport planes bought by the United States government for the Afghan Air Force (AAF) at a cost of nearly $500 million were …

The Military Is Spending $750 Million To Fight Ebola In Africa

The U.S. military campaign to help eradicate Ebola from west Africa sounds anything but surgical. It will take–for now–nearly 4,000 American troops, …

Why We Need More Military Spending

Back in February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel suggested shrinking the American army to pre-World War II levels. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey found this idea outmoded in the modern world. In recent months, a wave of criticism crested as the multiple threats in the …

Geopolitics

War on ISIS estimated to add $40 billion per year to military spending

While it's just a drop in the bucket compared to the $4 to $6 trillion price tag of the 2001 war in Afghanistan and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, …

War

15 Facts About Military Spending That Will Blow Your Mind

For the past 13 years U.S. military spending has increased 114 percent.<p>That's 8 percent higher than at the height of Reagan's presidency and the Cold War.<p>The money is used to buying sophisticated weapons that often don't make it into production, and when the do they're expensive to maintain.<p>The …

Military

This Chart Shows How The Rest Of The World Doesn't Even Come Close To US Military Spending

According to the report, the United States led the world in military spending with $640 billion in 2013 alone. China is the closest nation to follow the US at $188 billion — which is less than one-third of America's overall spending.<p>The U.S. reduced their defense budget by 7.8 percent whereas …

Military

Opinion: More military spending could actually save the U.S. money

I was in a meeting of the National Economic Council staff in the West Wing of the White House on Sept. 11, 2001, when the planes hit the World Trade …

The Wrong Kind of Social Security Reform

Last week, Andrew Biggs of the American Enterprise Institute discussed the parlous state of Social Security’s finances (“CBO’s best guess is that the …

Retirement

How working in retirement impacts Social Security

For many people, retirement can be a difficult transition. Some miss the day-to-day camaraderie of work life while others miss that sense of purpose. …

Associated Press News

Here's When Remarrying Can Cost You Social Security Benefits

Many retirees rely heavily on Social Security: The Social Security Administration reports that more than half of married couples and almost …

It happens: Seniors with student debt - and smaller Social Security checks

CHICAGO (Reuters) - It’s a rude awakening for a growing number of seniors: They file for Social Security, then discover that the federal government plans to take part of their benefit to pay off delinquent student loans, tax bills, child support or alimony.<p>This month the U.S. Government …

The Social Security Mistake Even Its Reps Are Making

The rules surrounding claiming requirements are so complicated that the official source of information doesn't always get them right. Here's some …

Federal Budget 2014

• Federal Budget 2014: Full coverage<br>• Federal Budget 2014: Where will your tax dollars go?<br>• Federal Budget 2014: Interactive data explorer<br>• Ross Gittins on …

Federal Budget