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It Depends on What the Meaning of “Overseas Contingency” Is

by Nan Swift / /

What once was a Pentagon emergency fund for unanticipated situations abroad has become an off-budget slush fund.
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New Rules on Financial Data a Promising Sign for the Trans-Pacific Partnership

by Clark Packard / /

The crux of the new plan would prohibit data localization for financial services in ongoing trade negotiations
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House NDAA Puts Military Bands on the Run

by Nan Swift / /

The House-passed NDAA legislation takes a swipe at some habitual Pentagon spending - could this make lawmakers finally question our funding priorities?
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More Regressive Fee Hikes Coming to Chicago?

by Clark Packard / /

Approximately 14 percent of the Windy City lives in poverty, yet the city has one of the most regressive local tax burdens in the country.
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Another Telephone Tax Hike in the Windy City?

by Clark Packard / /

Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is considering raising taxes in order to shore up the city's troubled Municipal Employees and Laborers Pension Funds.
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House Defense Authorization Bill: What Just Happened?

by Nan Swift / /

The House finished the FY17 Defense Authorization bill, with hundreds of amendments involved, what should taxpayers think about the final product?
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International Trade Commission Issues Favorable Report on Pacific Trade Deal

by Brandon Arnold / /

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) just released its 792-page report on the economic impact of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
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Is EPA Flouting the Supreme Court?

by Clark Packard / /

Despite this unprecedented order, there is concern that EPA is once again continuing to work on implementing the CPP as the case is litigated.
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The Earmark That Wouldn’t Die

by Nan Swift / /

Last year, taxpayer groups worked to get rid of a decades-old earmark. Now, like something out of a horror flick, the coal provision is back!
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Study: Trump’s Tariffs Would Cost Average American Family $11,100

by Clark Packard / /

The Republican Party's presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, has made no secret of his disdain for free trade.
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