| Oct 22, 2013
| 2:30 PM
Conservative Republicans have lost their fight over the shutdown and debt ceiling, and they probably won't get major spending cuts in upcoming negotiations over the budget.
But they're winning the big one: How the nation understands our biggest...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 5:36 PM
Update: The Food-4-Kids Backpack Program is in 355 schools in 56 counties and providing 5,637 food packets per week to students who have been identified as weekend chronically hungry.
Lakin Ks - Elementary School: Thank you again for providing this...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:57 PM
WASHINGTON — A $1-trillion spending bill was headed for swift approval in the House by Wednesday, but legislation to extend unemployment insurance stalled in the Senate amid partisan bickering, dashing hopes for a quick deal to resume jobless...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Here's an idea for raising government revenue whose time may have come. Instead of taxing the income of the wealthy, tax investment transactions that don't contribute much, if at all, to economic growth.
The idea is known as a financial transaction tax....
| Dec 11, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Parents of small children and owners of dogs know that if they set low expectations for their charges, they'll end up with underachievers. American voters can see that phenomenon in action in the budget deal worked out by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen....
| Nov 1, 2013
| 1:46 PM
Automatic federal funding cutbacks known as sequestration will end up costing the city of Chicago about $9 million this year, with the largest chunk of that coming out of early childhood education programs, a city official said Friday.
The losses were...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 12:00 PM
An alternative way of measuring poverty shows that nearly 2.8 million more people are struggling across the country than officially calculated, the U.S. Census Bureau reports – and California has by far the biggest share of people in poverty,...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 6:26 PM
The congressional incompetence that shut down our federal government last month hurt the little guy in more ways than many of us probably could have imagined.
The shutdown disrupted the lives of people ranging from Alaskan crab fishermen to eager...
| Jan 8, 2014
Happy birthday, "War on Poverty."
Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared that war in his Jan. 8, 1964, State of the Union address, it looks like poverty won, if you ignore all of the places where it didn't.
Judging a project as mammoth...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:52 PM
U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, released this statement shortly after the House voted to approve the budget compromise:
"This budget agreement is another predictable consequence of the fundamental principles of arithmetic after...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 6:26 AM
Something's better than nothing, two Peninsula members of Congress say. Neither Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, nor Rep. Rob Wittman, R-Northumberland, are in love with the bidget compromise reached this week, but both support it.
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:30 AM
It's charity time, and not just because the holiday season reminds us to be charitable. As the tax year draws to a close, the charitable tax deduction beckons.
America's wealthy are its largest beneficiaries. According to the Congressional Budget Office,...