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funding cliff

funding cliff  n.— «Naturally, however, there’s a budget sleight-of-hand. Known as a “funding cliff,” the yearly Schip layout increases to $13.9 billion in 2011, then abruptly cuts spending by 65% below current funding levels...

What A Load of Bunk!

Few are the words whose origins we know for certain, but "bunk" is one of them. From the mountains of North Carolina to the halls of Congress to everyday language, Martha scoops the skinny in the latest online-only podcast: Find a...

witness post

witness post  n.— «As surveys progressed, various improvements were introduced to secure regularity and convenience of description, by the establishment of base-lines, meridians, and standard parallels, through certain permanent natural...

say on pay

say on pay  n.— «Say on pay is a proposal that’s making its way through Congress. Let’s say you own part of a public company. They’re looking for a CEO, and the wanna-be chief is pushing for big pay and cushy perks. Really? Say on pay...

phonemarking

phonemarking  n.— «Within days, however, lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) began directly contacting the Energy Department. They sought to secure money for their favorite causes outside of the congressional...