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Philip Bump is a writer at The Wire.
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Quiz: Which Budget Is Right for You?

April 11, 2013 Whose budget should you support based on naked self-interest: Paul Ryan's? The president's? A political group you've never heard of? The Atlantic Wire has created this handy quiz to help you decide whose budget is best for your actual life. We took a look at the various plans under consideration, ...

Obama's Last Weapon in the Fight for Gun Regulations: Emotion

April 9, 2013 President Obama, tired and clearly emotional, made another pitch for Congress to act on new gun restrictions Monday evening in Connecticut. His task was nearly impossible on its face: to translate the fury and urgency of the boisterous crowd in front of him into a wave that could sweep away ...

You're Not Really Following @BarackObama on Twitter

April 8, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The 29,503,030 people who follow Barack Obama's Twitter account might see his picture, see his name, see that little blue verified account badge and think they're following the President — but it's not him. All of the president's named social media accounts, in fact, have been handed over to a ...

TARP Is Mostly Dead and Fannie Mae Is Alive

April 3, 2013 Fannie Mae, the government-funded mortgage lender, had some surprising news earlier today. During 2012, for the first time in four years, it didn't require any funding from the Treasury Department. And, better yet, it contributed $7.6 billion back into the government's pocketbook. Which inspired us to check in on the ...

The U.S. Has a Case Against an Army Vet Accused of Using a 'WMD' Against Assad

March 29, 2013 There aren't a lot of rebels fighting against the Assad regime in Syria who update Facebook regularly. There are fewer still who were born in Phoenix, Arizona, and are U.S. Army veterans. But that's not why Eric Harroun faces federal charges. The FBI arrested him because he allegedly fought alongside ...

Do Lawmakers Get Free Parking at Agencies They Oversee?

March 27, 2013 According to Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas, his position on the House Natural Resources Committee gives him dominion over all of the government agencies that body manages. Or, at least, their parking spaces. Earlier this month, Gohmert got into an argument with Park Police near the Lincoln Memorial, who disagreed ...

Americans Are Okay with Drone Strikes — in Other Countries

March 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new Gallup poll suggests that public support for drone use, while broad, narrows as strikes get closer to home. Perhaps most surprisingly, 13 percent of Americans support the use of drone strikes against U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism on U.S. soil. Of course, it's also the percentage of Americans ...

How Federal Workers Became the New 'Welfare Queens'

March 20, 2013 The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Wednesday signed off on a bill that would lead to the termination of any federal employee delinquent on federal taxes. With just the right amount of loopholes, the bill hits a conservative sweet spot: perceived abuse by government employees, the new "welfare queens." ...

Nope, Obama Didn't Share Keystone Decision with House Republicans

March 14, 2013 The president of the United States chose not to reveal how he planned to decide on a highly controversial issue to a group of political opponents. This is only news because of what you may have read earlier. For the past five years, TransCanada has been pushing the government for ...

There Could Have Been Life on Mars

March 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow NASA's Mars Curiosity rover drilled into a rock and found that it contained a clay-like material. That's the news. The implication is much larger: Mars may once have had an environment hospitable to life. One of the tricky aspects of science is that its revelations tend to be more exciting ...