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Only the US and Estonia are meeting NATO's defense budget goals

Fourteen NATO countries have so far announced their defense budgets for 2015. Of those fourteen, only the US and Estonia have passed the 2% of GDP threshold that every NATO nation pledged to have as their goal for military expenditure. Show More Summary

Will we pay for the defense we need?

In a letter to the top GOP and Democratic leaders, a large array of former military and diplomatic officials and foreign policy experts urge them to match actions with rhetoric when it comes to the Pentagon budget: The National Defense Panel, which was co-chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Perry and retired General John […]

Community Reinvestment Act Can Boost Energy-efficiency, Funding for Low-income Schools

One in five Americans spends his or her days in our nation's 140,000 K-12 schools. Those schools spend close to $8 billion a year on energy costs, the second-largest line item in a school budget after personnel costs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 25 percent of the energy used in schools is wasted. Show More Summary

Budget 2015 May Unveil Rs.2000 Crore Startup “Fund of Funds” & Incubation Centers

All eyes in the nation are on the finance minister as he gears up to present the annual budget. There seems to be something interesting in store for start-ups in this year’s budget. The finance minister has reportedly designed measures...Show More Summary

What the National Parks Plan to Do With an Extra $408 Million

Obama's proposed National Park Service budget would be a huge boon to the agency.

US spends 2.3 billion dollars trying to make car culture work in the snow. #autosprawlsubsidy

NBC "Winter road maintenance swallows 20 percent of state department of transportation maintenance budgets nationally, according to the Federal Highway Administration. State and local agencies spend more than $2.3 billion on snow and ice control operations annually."

Dana-Farber Experts Share Five Things You Should Know About Precision Medicine

President Barack Obama is requesting an increase of $215 million in the 2016 federal budget to launch the Precision Medicine Initiative. This boost in funding for research will give genetic causes of cancer a national focus specifically around precision or "personalized" treatments for cancer in the future. Here are some facts about precision medicine.

The Fifth-Largest Lottery Jackpot in U.S. History is Good News for State Budgets

The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday night’s drawing is estimated at $485 million, making it the nation’s fifth-largest lottery jackpot ever.

Should the Federal Government Fund Animal Protection or Animal Cruelty?

The budget once again defunds horse slaughter plant inspections Photo: Kathy Milani/The HSUS We live in a nation where animals are used for food, fashion and clothing, entertainment, research, and in wildlife-associated recreation –Show More Summary

?White House Wants To Boost Electric Vehicle Tax Incentives To $10,000

2 weeks agoVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

The White House is looking to hike the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's defect investigation budget after automakers doubled the previous recall record last year with almost 64 million vehicles. But it also wants to get EV incentives up, which has about as much chance as Fiat making a dime on the 500E. Read more...

Lessons for Democrats from the National Football League

With the Super Bowl over, President Barack Obama this week unveiled a federal budget proposing tax hikes on the wealthy and policies that would aid the less fortunate. Many Republicans immediately condemned the proposals as unfair and socialistic. Show More Summary

Obama seeks $30M for ocean acidification studies

Monterey >> Marine researchers found a gift hidden among the loophole closures and tax changes in the President Barack Obama’s new budget. Released Monday, the budget proposal for fiscal year 2016 included $30 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to study ocean acidification, the ongoing change in ocean chemistry caused by higher levels […]

Land of (Missed) Opportunity: Obama's Budget and the Fight Against Child Poverty

One of the greatest threats to our nation's economic future is not found on the trading floors of Wall Street or in the debates on Capitol Hill -- it is in the poverty experienced by 14.7 million children living in America. As President...Show More Summary

Analysis of 2015 Club Carlson Car Rental bonus points deals with Alamo, Avis, Budget and National

I looked into four car rental bonus offers found on the Club Carlson website and another offer seen on This post evaluates car rental rates through these Club Carlson bonus points offers available through December 31, 2015. Show More Summary

Proposed Federal Budget Includes Funding for New SUNY Maritime Vessel

The proposed 2016 federal budget included funding for the design of new multi-mission vessels that will serve as training ships for the nation’s state maritime academies,

Waterways Council expresses "disappointment" in White House budget

Waterways Council, Inc., a national advocacy group for ports and inland waterways, expressed "disappointment" today in the Obama administration's proposed FY 2016 budget.

Obama budget proposal calls for slight increase in NEA funding

President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal 2016 calls for slight increases in federal funding for cultural institutions, including the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. But the proposed increases wouldn't come close to reversing the cuts...

President Obama's Proposed Budget Attacks the Wealthy; Full of Wasteful Spending

President Barack Obama announced today his budget plan for the next 10 years to erase the national debt and fight income inequality. But as usual, the president has some disturbing and misguided ideas on how to rectify the situation,...Show More Summary

A surprisingly accurate map of the U.S. made with 600,000 bridges — and nothing else

  In his 2016 budget, President Obama proposed a one-time tax on foreign earnings in order to fund a $478 billion program to upgrade the nation's roads, bridges, railroads and more. As policymakers debate the merits of the proposal in coming months, it helps to visualize what exactly we're talking about when we talk about the […]

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