The Budget Deal Is a Win for Democrats
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.
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.
You Thought the Government Shutdown Was Over. You Were Wrong.
October 18, 2013
It was an awful time. Federal employees had to take unpaid furlough days. Beneficiaries were thrown off of federal programs. Courthouses had to be sold.
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
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
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
House Speaker John Boehner went on ABC News “This Week” to make clear his position: Republicans won’t give the government new borrowing authority until Democrats agree to negotiate about Obamacare and fiscal priorities.
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.