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Meredith Bagby is the founder of the American Education Foundation, a nonprofit focused on youth engagement in politics and is the publisher of The Annual Report of the USA.

She has penned a half-dozen books on politics which include: We’ve Got Issues, Rational Exuberance and the first Annual Report of the USA. Bagby worked as a reporter for CNN and appeared as a commentator on Larry King Live, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, Fox, among others. She’s testified before the Senate Finance Committee, the Bipartisan Commission on Medicare, and the President’s Committee to Strengthen Social Security. She was a fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.

She was a development executive at DreamWorks in Los Angeles and continues to develop feature film projects. She is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Harvard College.

Blog Entries by Meredith Bagby

Harvard Study Reports: In Fiscal Cliff Talks, States May Lose

(11) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 8:50 PM

You haven't heard a lot about it so far in the fiscal cliff debate, but a new report out from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania indicates that the majority of the "pain" to come from budget cuts will trickle down to states and cities. As a...

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Dispatch From South Florida, Democracy's Inaction

(72) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 9:20 AM

Bring a flashlight, two sandwiches, plenty of water, a fold-out chair and a wide-brimmed hat. Do not attempt this feat if you are elderly, can't stand for long periods of time or have a heart condition. No, you are not climbing Mount Kilimanjaro -- you are going to vote in...

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Death of a Mandate: Why Health Care Reform in America is Over

(264) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 6:13 PM

"Shock and awe" best describes the reaction of legislators and commentators upon hearing the Supreme Court's closing day of arguments on the constitutionality of Obama's health care legislation. Democrats as well as the beltway media had assumed the bill was safe, thinking that the legislation fit firmly under the Congressional...

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So Far Right, It's Wrong: The GOP Breaks From History

(144) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 12:25 PM

Another Tuesday of Republican primary voting unfolds as Mitt Romney attempts to race further to the right to win Southern conservative votes away from candidates who (in any logical world) should have no chance of winning a presidential election.

Never in the history of America has one party produced...

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Romney: Can a Job Killer Be a Job Creator?

(579) Comments | Posted January 11, 2012 | 8:28 AM

Mitt Romney handily won the New Hampshire primary on the heels of his Iowa win -- a first for any primary season not involving the incumbent. Pretty impressive. But what is perhaps an even more approving statistic is that Romney won in every "category" of voter in New...

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America Gets "D" on 2011 Report Card

(6) Comments | Posted December 28, 2011 | 5:29 PM

As the year ends, students at Harvard University release a 2011 "report card" on America. The result -- you can probably guess -- is just short of harrowing.

Published by the Harvard Political Review, the premier undergraduate political rag on campus, and the American Education Foundation, "

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Fight Over Payroll Tax Plays Like Muppet Movie

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 12:37 PM

As 2011 draws to a close, the politics around the payroll tax extension is getting dirtier... or should I say oilier.

The latest demand by House Republicans (floated by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio) is to link the payroll tax vote to the passage of the...

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Romney and the Seven Dwarfs - Perry Fumbles, Romney Rises

(42) Comments | Posted November 10, 2011 | 9:19 AM

If it wasn't apparent before last night's Republican debate, it certainly is today. As Rick Perry made headlines with his "brain freeze" and Herman Cain fends off sexual harassment charges, Mitt Romney coolly emerges as the only real contender in the Republican primary.

Only a few...

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Super Committee Supercollides Over Taxes for Rich

(20) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 11:19 AM

We are just one week away from when the Super Committee needs to deliver a deficit-reduction proposal to the Congressional Budget Office and the group is stuck on -- you guessed it -- the question of whether or not to remove tax loopholes for the richest Americans. Does this feel...

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Why Our Economy Is Like The Hangover: Can the Wolf Pack Save Us?

(1) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 4:54 PM

The stock market this week looked more like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride than the financial workings of the world's largest economy. On the news that the S & P downgraded America's credit rating, coupled with less-than-sunny economic indicators, the Dow Jones erased $3 trillion of value from...

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Throw the Bastards Out: Our Politicians Fail Us on the Debt Ceiling

(191) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 12:29 PM

Most Americans came home Monday night after a long day at work to find President Obama preempting their favorite TV shows. Having reached an impasse with the Congress over raising the debt ceiling, Obama took his case took his case to the American people. This is not the...

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Republicans Gone Wild: Unraveling Their Debt-Ceiling Strategy

(192) Comments | Posted July 12, 2011 | 4:51 PM

A casual observer of the debt ceiling debate may be baffled by the Republican Party's actions. Are they really going to send the American economy off a cliff by drawing an ideological line in the sand and demanding that Democrats be pushed to unreasonable extremes? Are they really that crazy?

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Rejoice, Republicans! The End Is Near

(22) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 12:03 PM

My fellow Republicans, I am pleased to report to you today... far from the beltway media ...that the end is near. Don't get too excited: I'm not talking about the actual Apocalypse. (Only Harold Camping can predict that.) I'm talking about the economic Apocalypse that will be brought on when...

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Sarah Palin Is the Honey Badger

(504) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 5:02 PM

Sarah Palin is the Honey Badger of American politics -- pursuing her goals despite all obstacles, despite naysayers, even despite logic.

Don't know the Honey Badger? You're in for a treat. Over 8 million people have delighted in this bizarre Internet sensation, in which the flamboyant "Randall"...

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Debt Ceiling: The Sky's Not Falling -- Yet

(95) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 1:03 PM

It's official. As of Monday, May 16, the United States of America has reached its debt limit ($14.294 trillion). That means that the Treasury Department can no longer borrow money to pay the debts or meet the expenses of the U.S. government. You may say, wait, the sky...

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Obama: The Man Who Got the Job Done

(776) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 2:19 AM

Sunday, just before midnight, President Barack Obama told the American people that Osama Bin Laden was dead. Thanks to an American-led mission, Bid Laden had been cornered in a compound outside of Islamabad, and after some gunfire, was killed.

Over the next days, details will emerge of...

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A Diaperful From the Fed

(18) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 7:27 PM

On April 27, Ben Bernanke gave his first ever press conference to the American people. His goal was two-fold. First, he wanted to reach out to us by "increasing transparency" for the historically secretive Central Bank. Second, he wanted to do no harm. That is, he did not want to...

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Government Shutdown Is a Culture War, Not a Deficit Battle

(71) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 6:17 PM

The Republicans have talked for years, nay decades, about fiscal responsibility and small government, about getting America back to its roots and strict Constitutionalism, about reducing the debt and bolstering individual can-do. Government is the problem, not the solution, right?

Hogwash.

Everything the Republicans have done in recent memory...

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Spiking Gas Prices, Inflation Stoke American Debt Woes

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 7:47 PM

Americans at the pump are worried. They should be. As civil war looms in Libya, oil prices are up 19% in just three weeks, topping $105 a barrel. And even through there has been some easing today, that spells bad news not only for the American consumer,...

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President's Budget Is More Strategy Than Substance... Progressives Should Chill

(5) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 2:32 PM

President Obama has been hit hard from Progressives about the budget proposal he sent to Congress this week. That's because many of Obama's highlighted cuts have been to categories of programs that Progressives (and Obama) hold dear -- community block grants, student aid, and energy assistance to poor families.

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