Noam Scheiber

Senior Editor

Liberals like Michael Moore think Obamacare is awful. They're kinda right. But the law may turn out to be a Trojan Horse for a better system 

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The media treat it as a political ploy. It has a serious intellectual case, too.

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The Question at the Heart of the Democratic Schism

Should the burden of proof be on reformers—or on vested interests?

No one quite knows how to define "populism." Which is good news for vested interests who want to attack reform.

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The Budget Deal Is a Win for Democrats

And the GOP doesn't know it yet

Republicans think that, in another shutdown, they can make the public focus on other Obama woes. They're wrong.

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Of Course Tim Geithner is Joining a Private Equity Firm

The former treasury secretary's next move is intended to preserve his dignity. It won't.

The former Treasury Secretary's corrosive career move

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Elizabeth Warren Can Shape the 2016 Race Even if She Can't Beat Hillary

The liberal icon and the future of the Democratic Party

Warren's crusade to keep banks from screwing the middle class will affect the outcome nonetheless.

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Elizabeth Warren has become a phenomenon for populist Democrats. And that scares Hillary Clinton.

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On Monday I wrote that the shutdown/default-threat/Republican extortion plot was essentially over—it was just a matter of Harry Reid and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, hammering out the final details of a deal whose contours were coming into focus. Once they’d reached a deal, it would pass the Senate with a fair amount of bipartisan support.

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The Inevitable Republican Collapse That Will End the Shutdown

The grim, angry, loopy, and predetermined conclusion to Washington's crisis

The crisis in Washington is grinding, miserably, to a close. Here's who wins, and how it shakes out. 

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Thursday morning John Boehner settled on a clever idea for avoiding a debt default while still appeasing House conservatives: a no-strings-attached debt-limit increase lasting six weeks, coupled with a refusal to reopen the government until Republicans win concessions from the White House in a longer-term budget deal. The financial markets rejoiced. The media breathed a sigh of relief. Twitter turned downright giddy.

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