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April 13, 2014

Democrats Need to Start Blaming the GOP for the Death of Charlene Dill

How liberals should talk about the Medicaid expansion

It became a viral story last week. But unlike the GOP, Washington Democrats refuse to apportion blame. It's time to highlight the real party of death panels. 

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April 11, 2014

A researcher tested top musicians. The results were pretty surprising.

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Overall, income has surpassed 2008. But new data shows incomes for the bottom 20 percent of households are still below peak.

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My colleague Jonathan Cohn has written an excellent analysis of the circumstances surrounding Kathleen Sebelius' resignation, which will be officially announced later today.

I'd like to add a level of abstraction by explaining the timing, and the political ramifications of the decision, which are being badly spun or misinterpreted in unsurprising quarters. 

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April 10, 2014

Don't Be Fooled: The Fed's New Rule Lets Banks Off Easy

The hike in capital requirements isn't nearly enough

The hike in capital requirements isn't nearly enough.

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Unless a popular figure with real stature eventually steps up, the coup threat suffers from an "and then what?!" problem.

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The budget disproportionately balances the budget with cuts to programs for low-income Americans while leaving seniors unscathed.

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