Budget

10:22am

Wed February 15, 2012
National Security

As Wars Wind Down, What Are U.S. Security Needs?

Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 11:07 am

U.S. soldiers are expected to be in Afghanistan for a couple more years. But already there's a debate about future U.S. security needs worldwide. Here, soldiers examine the site of a suicide bombing in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Jan. 19.
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U.S. troops have already left Iraq, the war in Afghanistan is winding down, and there hasn't been a major terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 2001.

So is America now safe enough to scale back its emphasis on security? Or are the potential threats no less dangerous — just less obvious?

These questions are not just philosophical, but practical. They're also the underpinning of the current argument about what the level of defense spending should be.

Cuts, But How Big?

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11:08am

Tue February 14, 2012
Politics

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Unveils 'Stable' Budget for 2013

U.S. Dept of Agriculture

Agriculture officials say the President’s proposed budget for the USDA next year will be similar to this year’s. Although the overall budget has been cut by $3 billion since 2010, funding for several programs that have helped boost agriculture production and export in Colorado and across the country will likely continue or increase.

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8:35am

Tue February 14, 2012
Politics

Digging Deeper Into Obama's 2013 Budget

Originally published on Mon February 13, 2012 11:57 pm

President Obama laid out his proposed federal budget for 2013 at a community college in Virginia on Monday. The $ 3.8 trillion plan calls for new government spending, including stimulus-style spending on roads. It also seeks to achieve $4 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade

The spending plan would save a projected $364 billion from the Medicare and Medicaid. But as NPR's Julie Rovner reports, none of the proposals for those savings are new.

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2:46pm

Mon February 13, 2012
Education

CO Community Colleges Would Benefit from $8 Billion Plan

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Colorado’s community college system could be getting a financial shot in the arm if President Barack Obama has his way. Today the president proposed $8 billion dollars in new spending for community colleges as part of his latest budget proposal.

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9:40am

Mon February 13, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Unveils New Budget, As Republicans Gird For Battle

President Obama unveiled a spending plan aimed at trimming $4 trillion from the deficit over the next decade, while boosting spending to programs to stimulate the still-ailing U.S. economy.

"At a time when our economy is growing and creating jobs at a faster pace, our job is to keep things on track," Obama told an audience at a Northern Virginia community college.

"I am proposing some difficult cuts that frankly, I wouldn't be proposing if I didn't have to," he said.

But he said, the nation could not simply cut its way to growth.

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