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There's a Federal Program for That: The History of Russian Smoking

by Demian Brady / /

Last year NTU Foundation wrote about a World Health Organization meeting in Moscow, Russia. WHO – which is getting $114 million from the U.S. this year – convened the gathering to push a plan encouraging countries to increase taxes on tobacco
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GAO to DOD: “F-35 Unreliable, Unaffordable”

by Nan Swift / /

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released two reports taking aim at the oft-troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The aircraft, intended to fulfill multiple fighting roles across all three branches of the Armed Services, has alre
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Latest Edition of “Prime Cuts” Highlights Rampant Government Waste

by Brandon Arnold / /

Recently our friends at Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 2015 iteration of their annual "Prime Cuts" report. This is an outstanding guide for anyone interested in identifying and cutting the fat in the federal budget. As CAGW notes, t
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Congress Is Monkeying Around with the Budget

by Brandon Arnold / /

Kudos to Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for holding up – however briefly – the Congressional budget resolution over very serious concerns about so-called "Changes in Mandatory Spending" or CHIMPS. Though unfortunately he eventually relented and droppe
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If Taxpayers Could Instruct Congressional Budgeters, the Word Would be Discipline

by Nan Swift / /

As Members of Congress meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate's Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolutions, much is on the line for America's taxpayers. There are three decisions in particular conferees can make to ensure that the budget
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Inconvenient Question for FCC’s Wheeler: Too Many Appointees?

by Brandon Arnold / /

Fresh off disappointing and controversial decisions to expand regulation of the Internet and preempt state laws on municipal broadband networks, Federal Communications Commissioner Tom Wheeler has announced several additions to his staff. With his new hir
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Is IRS Holding Taxpayers Hostage in Funding Fight?

by Douglas Kellogg / /

There have been a slate of stories highlighting the IRS's recent struggles with reductions to their budget. It seems like every day Commissioner Koskinen is in a hearing blaming the agency's terrible taxpayer service performance on those cuts...
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NTU President Urges Protections, Simplification, in House Small Business Committee Testimony

by Douglas Kellogg / /

Last week, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) President Pete Sepp testified before the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Small Business during their hearing on "Tax Reform: Ensuring that Main Street Isn't Left Behind."
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Video: Energy & Economy By the Numbers

by Douglas Kellogg / /

Check out NTU's new video visualizing the tax burdens on American energy companies:
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A Fast-Growing and Alarming Problem: Taxpayer Identity Theft

by Demian Brady / /

As if all the time, expenses, and energy spent digging through the 209 pages of Form 1040 instructions, hunting around for receipts, and double checking all the numbers to make sure you've filled out your taxes properly wasn't onerous enough, many taxpaye
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