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Presidential Travel Update: Obama Heads to India

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

President Obama is currently making official stops in India and Saudi Arabia. This marks the second time President Obama has visited India and the third time he's been to Saudi Arabia since being elected to office. To date, President Obama has been on 38 trips to 85 countries and spent 150 days abroad.


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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: The $41 Billion SOTU

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Every year, the President gives his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress, and for more than a decade now, NTU Foundation has been scoring the cost of the agenda he outlines in the high-profile speech. This year, President Obama mentio
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The SOTU Responses Had 3 Things In Common

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

The GOP and Tea Party each responded to the State of the Union Address by painting a broad vision for America rather than offering laundry lists of specific proposals. There were a few common themes discussed in both speeches.
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The State of the Union Isn't Dead

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

While we may already know some of what the President will speak about on Tuesday night, taxpayers shouldn't ignore the agenda he puts forth as it will almost certainly entail more federal spending and taxes.
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Report: Regulations to Cost Taxpayers $1.9 Trillion

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Ahead of SOTU, taxpayers should pay attention to how much the President's & the new Congress' proposals will add to the staggering 175,000 pages of federal regulations already on the books -- which a new study found will cost nearly $1.9 trillion
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One Week: Start Your SOTU Engines

by Dan Barrett / /

NTU and Foundation are counting down to the moment when the House Sergeant at Arms announces "Mr. Speaker, the President of the United States" for the State of the Union (SOTU). What will President Obama propose? How will his agenda affect your wallet and
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: SOTU Price Tag

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

For over ten years running, NTU Foundation has estimated the cost of the proposals in the President's annual State of the Union address. Submit your guess as to what this year's total will be in our SOTU Price Tag contest, and you could win books,
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It's that SOTU Time Again

by Dan Barrett / /

As the President, Congress, and the media gear up for the State of the Union on the 20th, you can be ahead of the action! Submit your guess of how much you think the President proposes to change federal spending in his SOTU address.
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Vote Alert 

NTU urges all Representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 3

by Nan Swift / /

NTU urges all Representatives to vote "YES" on H.R. 3, which would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and bring with it tens of thousands of jobs in many sectors of the economy.
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Vermont Abandons Single-Payer Healthcare Plan

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday that his state will not pursue a single-payer healthcare plan amidst higher-than-expected costs. The plan would have called for a payroll tax of nearly 12 percent as well as higher personal income taxe
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