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
To Understand the Budget Debate, You Need to Understand the Sequester. Here's a Quick Primer.
September 29, 2013
Someday, these budget wars are going to end.
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
If John Boehner Knows What's Good For Him, He'll Shut Down the Government
September 25, 2013
What the hell is John Boehner thinking? I don’t mean that strictly in a rhetorical sense, though it’s hard not to slap your head when you see the most powerful Republican in the country lurching from one cockamamie strategy to another.
The Big Budget Battle the GOP Has Already Won
September 20, 2013
If you enjoy silence, a good place to camp out for the next couple weeks is the room in the Capitol Building designated for Congressional negotiations on the budget.
Countdown to Shutdown: "Nobody Knows How This Will End"
September 16, 2013
Are we headed for a government shutdown? My colleague Noam Scheiber thinks so. And, in his latest dispatch, he makes an awfully good case.
This Is How Those Crazy, Divided Republicans Get Their Way
September 11, 2013
Feeling nostalgic for big budget fights? Do you miss watching House Speaker John Boehner trying to control the Republican caucus? Are you eager for yet another deal that quietly starves government services and weakens the economy?