PAYGO Presents Potential Hurdle to GOP Tax Reform

Republican lawmakers are working on a budget plan that would pave the way for the Senate to approve a tax overhaul package with a simple majority, but any deficit-financed tax cuts could end up triggering spending cuts to major federal programs that would be difficult to undo without bringing Democrats on board.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent arbitration rule lumps in not-for-profit institutions owned by their members with the biggest banks on Wall Street -- a great disservice to 110 million consumers who are credit union members.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent arbitration rule lumps in not-for-profit institutions owned by their members with the biggest banks on Wall Street -- a great disservice to 110 million consumers who are credit union members.
In times of crisis, it’s vitally important that people can communicate with loved ones and emergency responders. That need came into sharp focus again this week as Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma did just a few weeks ago in Florida, knocking out power to millions and leaving neighborhoods submerged or inaccessible because of blocked streets.
In times of crisis, it’s vitally important that people can communicate with loved ones and emergency responders. That need came into sharp focus again this week as Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico, as Hurricane Irma did just a few weeks ago in Florida, knocking out power to millions and leaving neighborhoods submerged or inaccessible because of blocked streets.
The impact of the nation’s opioid crisis can be measured in many ways, such as the fourfold increase in the number of opioid-related deaths nationally since 1999, including more than 33,000 lives lost in 2015, or in the $42 billion in lost productivity associated with opioid use disorders.
The impact of the nation’s opioid crisis can be measured in many ways, such as the fourfold increase in the number of opioid-related deaths nationally since 1999, including more than 33,000 lives lost in 2015, or in the $42 billion in lost productivity associated with opioid use disorders.
New corporate forms are emerging that have the potential to change how traditional business is conducted. They share two primary elements: First, they all require boards and management to consider social and environmental goals in addition to financial returns, and second, the new forms don't receive special tax treatment.
New corporate forms are emerging that have the potential to change how traditional business is conducted. They share two primary elements: First, they all require boards and management to consider social and environmental goals in addition to financial returns, and second, the new forms don't receive special tax treatment.
With the FCC now having launched its 13th annual inquiry into the status of broadband deployment in America, it's time to recognize we won’t get better deployment data from the commission until we take the politics out of broadband progress reports.
With the FCC now having launched its 13th annual inquiry into the status of broadband deployment in America, it's time to recognize we won’t get better deployment data from the commission until we take the politics out of broadband progress reports.
In these particularly divisive times, when our country feels more and more polarized with each news cycle, there is an issue that draws overwhelming support across party lines, geographic region, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and religion: access to contraception.
In these particularly divisive times, when our country feels more and more polarized with each news cycle, there is an issue that draws overwhelming support across party lines, geographic region, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender and religion: access to contraception.
When it comes to an existential threat to one of our prized salmon runs, there is strong agreement among Alaskans that the proposed Pebble Mine is the wrong mine in the wrong place.
When it comes to an existential threat to one of our prized salmon runs, there is strong agreement among Alaskans that the proposed Pebble Mine is the wrong mine in the wrong place.
After Equifax Inc. disclosed on Sept. 7 that it had suffered a massive data breach that exposed up to 143 million U.S. consumers' data, a majority of adults surveyed in a Morning Consult poll say they would be likely to join a class-action lawsuit against the credit reporting company if they find that their data had been compromised. Many also support additional legislation and rules to protect against further hacks.
After Equifax Inc. disclosed on Sept. 7 that it had suffered a massive data breach that exposed up to 143 million U.S. consumers' data, a majority of adults surveyed in a Morning Consult poll say they would be likely to join a class-action lawsuit against the credit reporting company if they find that their data had been compromised. Many also support additional legislation and rules to protect against further hacks.
When Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday pitched the health care bill he crafted with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the South Carolina Republican presented it as a choice between a GOP measure that would provide block grants to states to administer their own programs or legislation backed by Democrats that he said would amount to "socialism."
When Sen. Lindsey Graham on Tuesday pitched the health care bill he crafted with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the South Carolina Republican presented it as a choice between a GOP measure that would provide block grants to states to administer their own programs or legislation backed by Democrats that he said would amount to "socialism."
America’s political dysfunction should concern all citizens regardless of their views. While this dysfunction is greatly exacerbated by President Donald Trump’s shortcomings, the root cause is failure of elected representatives and citizens to do their jobs.
America’s political dysfunction should concern all citizens regardless of their views. While this dysfunction is greatly exacerbated by President Donald Trump’s shortcomings, the root cause is failure of elected representatives and citizens to do their jobs.
Each year, the Federal Communications Commission provides a report to Congress on the state of competition in the nation’s mobile wireless market, including “an analysis of whether or not there is effective competition.” In contrast to the past eight years, this year’s draft report provides both a comprehensive analysis of the state of the wireless industry and a clear answer to the question.
Each year, the Federal Communications Commission provides a report to Congress on the state of competition in the nation’s mobile wireless market, including “an analysis of whether or not there is effective competition.” In contrast to the past eight years, this year’s draft report provides both a comprehensive analysis of the state of the wireless industry and a clear answer to the question.
Value-based spending is a simple notion that amounts to prioritizing spending on services where the benefits outweigh cost – spend less on recognized areas of low-value care, like unnecessary tests and procedures, and more on high-value areas like vaccines. 
Value-based spending is a simple notion that amounts to prioritizing spending on services where the benefits outweigh cost – spend less on recognized areas of low-value care, like unnecessary tests and procedures, and more on high-value areas like vaccines. 
President Donald Trump has consistently called for a bold reduction in corporate taxes. Unfortunately, congressional Republicans have so far demurred. It would be a waste of a rare and historic opportunity for Republicans to adopt only tepid cuts.
President Donald Trump has consistently called for a bold reduction in corporate taxes. Unfortunately, congressional Republicans have so far demurred. It would be a waste of a rare and historic opportunity for Republicans to adopt only tepid cuts.
A bipartisan Senate bill to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program is a mixed bag for states, which would secure much-needed federal funds for five additional years but would also have to pick up more of the tab for their health coverage for low-income children.
A bipartisan Senate bill to renew the Children's Health Insurance Program is a mixed bag for states, which would secure much-needed federal funds for five additional years but would also have to pick up more of the tab for their health coverage for low-income children.
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Briefings

Tech Brief: SEC Reveals It Was Hacked Last Year

The Securities and Exchange Commission said a computer system used for storing documents filed by publicly traded companies had been hacked last year. The cyberattack was first detected by the regulator last year, but the SEC said it had learned only last month that the compromised information may have been used in illegal stock trades.

Washington Brief: Manafort Reportedly Offered Private Briefings to Russian Billionaire During 2016 Campaign

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman who is among those at the center of investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, reportedly offered to provide private briefings on the presidential race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin less than two weeks before Trump accepted the GOP presidential nomination.

Finance Brief: SEC Says Corporate Filing System Was Hacked in 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission said its system for storing documents filed by publicly traded companies was hacked sometime last year. In an eight-page statement on cybersecurity, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said no personal information was stolen in the cyberattack, which was detected last year, but the SEC learned last month that the data “may have provided the basis for illicit gain through trading.”

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