Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) threat to shut down the government unless President Obama defunds Obamacare is stupid, doomed and unworkable. In case Lee’s inability to properly defend the threat or several Senate Republicans calling it a bad idea are not enough proof that this plan is doomed, there is a new report by the Congressional Research Service which highlights a massive practical problem with it.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday April 11, 2013 1:00 pm|
After more than five months since the voters in Colorado and Washington State legalized marijuana there still has been no official decision from the Obama administration on how they plan to handle the federal-state conflict. A new Congressional Research Service report outlines what the administration’s options are.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 14, 2012 7:16 am|
A couple months ago, under pressure from Republicans, the Congressional Research Service, basically the think tank of Congress, took down a study on tax rates for the rich and the economy that rebutted a key GOP argument, that tax cuts at the top spurred economic growth. It didn’t matter that the Congressional Budget Office found almost the same thing, Republicans didn’t want in print a study showing no relationship between tax cuts for the rich and growth. That would ruin their whole program.
Yesterday, the CRS republished the work, and while a bit of the language has changed – Republicans reportedly objected to the phrase “tax cuts for the rich” – the conclusion is exactly the same.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday November 3, 2012 10:00 am|
Searches for “WikiLeaks” in the public search engine for the US National Archives have been blocked, according to a posting at Cryptome.org. Any search containing the word “WikiLeaks (like “Congress” and “WikiLeaks”) turns up an error message.
WikiLeaks reacted on Twitter, “The US National Archives has literally turned into Orwell’s Ministry of Truth.” In another more vivid message, “The US state is literally eating its own brain by censoring its own collective memories about WikiLeaks.” And, in another message, “The US National Archives censoring searches for its records containing the word ‘WikiLeaks’ is absolutely absurd.”
|By: David Dayen Thursday November 1, 2012 2:43 pm|
Senate Democrats have liberated a report from the Congressional Research Service which Senate Republicans successfully got the nonpartisan research arm of Congress to retract. The report argued that there is no evidence that tax cuts for high-income earners boosts economic growth, which Republicans didn’t want out in the public sphere.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday February 17, 2011 2:10 pm|
The $61 billion saved by severely cutting many domestic programs will end up being enough to pay for just barely more than four months of the almost decade-long wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.