Budget

The Budget Deal Is a Win for Democrats
And the GOP doesn't know it yet
December 11, 2013

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

The Budget Deal Is a Decent One—Unless You're Unemployed
December 11, 2013

The agreement announced Tuesday, however modest, is a step in the right direction.

Senator Outraged that National Endowment for the Humanities Funds Study of Humanities
Also, it studies Islam
October 24, 2013

Usually, Republicans direct their bitter hatred for all things intellectual at individual people—like, for example, our “professorial” president.

Instead of a Grand Bargain, How About a Little Bargain?
October 21, 2013

New bipartisan negotiations over fiscal policy are underway, as a result of the deal that ended the government shutdown. But don’t expect these negotiations to produce a “grand bargain” in which Democrats and Republicans each make major concessions.

The Delusions of Leon Panetta, High-Flying Veteran of This Town
October 15, 2013

The bar has been set pretty high these past few years for clueless hypocrisy among Washington elders offering bipartisan bromides to break the fiscal gridlock. But Leon Panetta just cleared it with a standing jump.

The Senate Budget Deal Spares Obamacare—Except for These Two Changes
October 14, 2013

Senate leaders are near an agreement that would re-open the government and increase the debt ceiling.

This Is Why a Grand Bargain Is a Grand Pipe Dream
October 10, 2013

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner reportedly floated the idea that the government shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis could be resolved with a "grand bargain" that would reduce the long-term budget deficit. Whispers of such a deal continue, but

Here's Something Obama Should Be Willing to Negotiate With Republicans
September 27, 2013

Is there a way out of the mess in Washington? It doesn’t seem that way. The Washington fandango over a government shutdown and breach of the debt ceiling is careening from farce toward tragedy.

The House GOP Wants to Throw a Temper Tantrum, and Boehner Can't Stop Them
September 27, 2013

Here’s the question to ask yourself while watching the government shutdown/debt-limit insanity play out these next few days: Is the congressional GOP a global menace, bent on destruction of an epic scale, or merely a goofy, intermittently-competent-a

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