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  • The Air Force’s $1,280 Coffee Cup

    By Michael Rainey

    Keeping a cup of coffee hot can be a pricey proposition if you happen to serve on a U.S. Air Force transport jet. Crew members on more than 300 KC-10, C-5 and C-17 aircraft use specially designed...

  • Spain in recession as austerity bites deep

    Bond Traders Shrug Off Massive Debt Auctions

    By Michael Rainey

    The U.S. Treasury is issuing $276 billion in debt this week as the deficit continues to soar in the wake of the tax cuts and higher government spending this year, with some specific bills and notes...

  • Senators Warn Against Bringing Back Earmarks

    A group of nine Republican senators and one Democrat is pushing back against the potential return of congressional “earmarks,” those spending items or tax and tariff benefits targeted to a specific...

  • 3) California

    Kansas or California as a Model for America’s Future Growth?

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    If you had to choose either Kansas or California to serve as a model for America’s future growth, which would it be, Bloomberg’s Barry Ritholtz asks . The answer, he argues, is obvious — yet...

  • Senator Harris questions DHS Secretary Nielsen during Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing in Washington

    Kamala Harris' Trillion-Dollar Tax Plan

    By Michael Rainey

    Republicans aren’t the only ones coming up with trillion-dollar tax plans. California’s Kamala Harris, a rising Democratic star in the Senate, released a proposal Thursday to repeal the $1.9 trillion...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren delivers a major policy speech  in Washington

    Elizabeth Warren’s $500 Billion Housing Plan

    By Michael Rainey

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced an ambitious bill Tuesday that targets the growing problem facing millions of Americans: soaring rents and unaffordable home prices. The American Housing and...

  • The Deficit Is Heading to $1 Trillion. How Worried Should We Be?

    By Michael Rainey

    Should we be worried about the rising federal deficit? If not, when should we start worrying – when it hits $1 trillion a year? $2 trillion? Never? That’s the topic of debate in a Bloomberg piece...

  • U.S. President Trump participates in tour of U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes near Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California

    Why Trump May Opt for a Shutdown

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump’s abrupt criticism of a key spending bill yesterday has some political prognosticators saying there’s a real possibility of a government shutdown in the next 10 days. The Senate bill...

  • U.S. President Donald Trump holds an event to announce a grant for a drug-free communities support program in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, U.S.

    Trump Blasts ‘Ridiculous’ Spending Bill: Is a Shutdown Back on the Table?

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump on Thursday blasted the spending bill passed by the Senate earlier this week for its lack of funding for his border wall with Mexico. The bill is a key part of the congressional...

  • Rep. Meadows, House Freedom Caucus Chairman, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington

    Spending Bills Leave Conservatives Frustrated

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Lawmakers have been passing spending bills with unusual speed and little fanfare lately, most recently the $854 billion package covering the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor...

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