deficit

Extend unemployment insurance? That would bust the budget. Help doctors avoid pay cuts? That's another story....

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Fiscal policy, exactly the way it shouldn't be.

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The Silence of the Austerians

Here's Why 2014 Could Be the Year America Finally Ditches its Inane Deficit Obsession

Austerity advocates have been routed intellectually, but the political debate is still stacked in their favor. Here's how to influence it.

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The Silence of the Austerians

Here's Why 2014 Could Be the Year America Finally Ditches its Inane Deficit Obsession

Austerity advocates have been routed intellectually, but the political debate is still stacked in their favor. Here's how to influence it.

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2013 Was the Year the Grand Bargain Died. Good Riddance.

The magical thinking of the deficit-obsessed

The terrible, magical idea that a bunch of insiders can solve big problems by ignoring politics. 

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WATCH: Bill Clinton Explains Obamacare

(He does it better than Obama does)

The Secretary of Explaining Stuff is back on the job. On Wednesday, former President Bill Clinton gave a speech about Obamacare—why it was necessary, how it will work, and what it will do in the future. The speech itself was typical Clinton: It started about 25 minutes late, ran for nearly an hour, and was full of policy detail.

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Conservative Republicans are at it again, threatening to cut off the government’s borrowing authority if they don’t get their way on spending. One reason they get away with such mischief is that they prey upon common misperceptions about the budget—in particular, the widespread sense that nobody in Washington cares about the deficit. The evidence suggests otherwise: The deficit is actually coming down these days. And a huge reason is changes in government policy.

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Obama's Dining Room Diplomacy

Why his charm offensive could yield a grand bargain

Why his charm offensive could yield a grand bargain.

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Ignore Rush Limbaugh. The sequester is no Y2K. It's dangerously real.

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It's not a plan so much as an outline, but its failures are clear.

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