debt ceiling

Now That Boehner Has Backed Down, Let's Fix The Debt Ceiling For Good
February 11, 2014

Debt brinkmanship has no place in democratic politics. This simple and reasonable legislation would end it.

Why the Tea Party Is Folding on the Debt Limit
They were never irrational, just delusional
February 10, 2014

The shutdown didn't break the Tea Party's fever. But it did stamp out some of its most dangerous delusions. 

House Republicans May Unite Around a Debt Ceiling Ransom But They Are Still Screwed
February 05, 2014

As Congress gears up for another showdown over raising the debt ceiling, we are left, as a society, with two choices. The first is to lift the debt ceiling and prevent a worldwide economic catastrophe.

Grover Norquist's Three Funniest Analogies for Ted Cruz
October 17, 2013

Grover Norquist, founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, came to the offices of The New Republic Thursday for a wide-ranging discussion on American politics and the future of the Republican Party.

How Obama, Reid, and Pelosi Stopped Republican Extortion
Three reasons the Democrats won
October 17, 2013

It’s over. The Senate voted yes. The House voted yes. President Obama signed the bill and, on Thursday, the federal government is open for business again.

Threatening Not to Raise the Debt Ceiling Is a National Security Issue, Too
October 16, 2013

If a body other than the Congress of the United States were actively contemplating a step that would, by the accounts of virtually all economists, tank the U.S.

The Republicans May Lose, But So Will You
October 15, 2013

Americans who want jobs or mortgages will suffer because John Boehner didn't have the guts to stiff the Tea Party

The Government Shutdown From A to Z: A Handy, Half-Serious Glossary
October 15, 2013

We’re in Week Three of the government shutdown, speeding toward the October 17 debt ceiling deadline. The stalemate continues, and the Smithsonian's still closed. We know the two parties are talking, but what are they actually saying?

Tick, Tick, Tick... Is This Boehner's Last Ransom Note?
October 15, 2013

Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have nearly completed a deal that would reopen the government and increase the Treasury Department's debt ceiling. President Obama has signalled his support, as have Democratic leaders in the House.

Senate Republicans Don't Get It: The Democrats Aren't Bluffing
October 13, 2013

Mitch McConnell, leader of the Senate Republicans, approached Democrats with a new offer over the weekend: He and his colleagues would vote to open the government and increase its borrowing authority, as long as Democrats would agree to accept the de

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