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The House Comes Around on the Cliff. Why Am I Not Reassured?
January 02, 2013

If you’re gaming out what’s likely to happen during the next fiscal showdown a few months from now, there are two ways to interpret the legacy of the cliff episode, which ended when the House approved the McConnell-Biden compromise last night.  For Democrats, the optimistic take-away is that the two parties set up a mechanism for getting deals done, which is roughly as follows: First, the White House works out a compromise with Mitch McConnell, which passes the Senate with a bipartisan super-majority. This effectively isolates the House GOP and tells John Boehner the game is up.

The Man Who Could Have Saved Organized Labor
January 01, 2013

The American labor movement is in dire straits. Could a little-known, recently-departed dissident named Jerry Tucker have saved it?

Democrats' Cliff Compromise Is Bad; But the Strategic Consequences Are Disastrous
December 31, 2012

Republicans will be emboldened going into the fiscal-cliff fight.

Kill This Deal
December 31, 2012

Why Congress should kill the fiscal-cliff deal.

Over the Cliff? A Better Deal Would Be Worth the Wait
December 28, 2012

Worry less about when a "fiscal cliff" deal comes and more about what it entails.

The Fiscal Cliff Is Just an Early Battle in a War Dems Will Win
December 28, 2012

Conservatives who see the fiscal-cliff fight as the welfare state's last stand are sorely mistaken.

Inside the NRA's Zany Press Conference
December 21, 2012

TV viewers saw a single rambling man at a podium. But at the NRA's disastrous press conference about Newtown, there was so much more crazy on display.

Plan B Dies, Prepare to Go Over the Cliff
December 21, 2012

Obama's hand looks better by the day.

Why Is Ben Bernanke The Only Man in Washington Who Cares About Jobs?
December 21, 2012

JARED BERNSTEIN, a Washington wonk and former economic adviser to Joe Biden, recently posed an interesting question. Why is it, Bernstein asked on his blog, that the only part of the government acting with any urgency to ease joblessness—the economic problem affecting the greatest number of Americans—is the unelected Federal Reserve? Bernstein was referring to Chairman Ben Bernanke’s announcement that the Fed would keep interest rates close to zero as long as unemployment remained above 6.5 percent.

Lincoln in Hollywood, from Griffith to Spielberg
December 21, 2012

Spielberg's film ought to put an end to the Lost Cause mythology.

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