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Supply Side Madness

If it weren’t so painful it would be downright hilarious. There is a seemingly endless procession of former free market proselytizers, including captains of...

You May Need a Scorecard for Health Care Reform

If you want to understand the extraordinary events taking place in the fight over health care reform, you should take Deep Throat’s advice to...

Just Plain Nuts: House Republican Budget Proposals Put Forth in the Most Haphazard Manner...

This article was originally posted at AmericanProgress.org. Less than a week after the House Appropriations Committee sorted out its final staff assignments, their new chairman,...

Selective Keynesians

Amity Shale’s column “FDR Was a Great Leader, But…,” in Sunday’s Washington Post, is only the latest of many recent conservative pieces arguing that...

Arts Bashing

As Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) pointed out on the Senate floor yesterday, nearly all of the objections to the pending stimulus package are directed...

Behind The Scenes: How Congressional Conservatives Induced Financial Crisis

When Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called congressional leaders early last week to ask for $700 billion in public funds to buy distressed loans and...

Looking for the Full Measure of Jack Murtha

This article was first posted at AmericanProgress.org. Twenty years ago I was the staff director of the Democratic Study Group, an organization that among other...

Education Reforms Will Miss the ‘Top’ Without Broader Consensus

This article was first posted at AmericanProgress.org. I am sure that Jonathan Alter’s recent column in Newsweek, “How Congress Keeps Screwing Up Education — President...

Frozen Budgets Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

This article first appeared at AmericanProgress.org. The federal budget is big and perplexing. Sometimes it seems like nothing more than a sea of random numbers....

Go Home: Incoming Leader of the 112th Congress Issues Odd Marching Order

The incoming leadership and committee chairmen of the U.S. House of Representatives have been boasting about their ambitious, time-consuming plans to conduct intensive oversight...

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Will Congress Push Public Debt to 97 Percent of GDP?

The Congressional Budget Office has released an analysis of the new House Republican tax plan which indicates that the deficit will increase by $1.7...
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