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Damn It Janet

Michael Farr | Posted 10.29.2013 | Business
Michael Farr

Between deficit spending and dollars created on the Fed's balance sheet, we estimate $8 trillion has been infused into the U.S. economy over the past ...

A Purpose-Driven Government: Moneyball and Impact

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

In 2002, Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland A's, created "Moneyball," a method of using statistics to evaluate the performance of ball play...

President's Voting Record Has Nothing to Do With Debt Ceiling Debate

Dale Hansen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The point Obama was making was that our increasing national debt is a serious problem that needs to be addressed. Not acting on this problem was a "failure of leadership," according to Obama.

The Wrong Deficit: Full Employment Requires More Spending and More Borrowing, Not Less

Tim Koechlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Tim Koechlin

President Obama has, unfortunately, embraced the faulty premise that deficit reduction should be a top priority. He, along with a chorus of deficit hawks, longs for a "grand bargain" that would get the debt and the deficit "under control."

How to End the Gridlock

Richard Parker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Richard Parker

Here's my down-the-middle solution to the shutdown, which I offer as a professional economist: Suspend Obamacare and cut the budget -- just as House Republicans have demanded -- but do all the cutting in just the 80 or so congressional districts of the most ardent Tea Party members.

Shutdown, Lockdown -- Stand Down!

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Today, political hardliners seem more callous than ever. They act like they would rather there be no government than a government that implements a legally voted piece of legislation -- the Affordable Care Act. It

4 Right-Wing Talking Points Demolished By Charts

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

With the possibility of the government defaulting on its debt looming, it's worth critically examining some of the more popular far-right talking points.

The Deeper Issues in the Shutdown Crisis

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

As the partisan warfare in Washington continues over the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling, it is important to examine some of the deeper i...

The Government Shutdown Isn't Because of a Resource Problem

Perry Yeatman | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Perry Yeatman

We can't spend more and we can't stop helping and protecting people. But by prioritizing outcomes we can shift from a budget fight to a constructive debate about investments and returns, rather than programs and spending.

Sam Stein

Shutdown Trickle-Down Expands Across The Country | Sam Stein | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Oct. 1 was not Natalia Otero's best day on the job. As executive director of DC Safe, a nonprofit that provides emergency services a...

How Will the Government Shutdown Affect Women?

Reductress | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy

A partial shutdown of the government began Tuesday, and you're probably wondering how it will affect the things that are part of your daily life. We researched how the shutdown will affect what's closest to us.

Businesses Respond To Shutdown: 'Here We Go Again'

AP | Posted 10.02.2013 | Business

NEW YORK — NEW YORK (AP) — As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual...

Obamacare Is Making Republicans Sick

Dale Hansen | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The most ironic argument against the ACA is that it kills jobs. While most Republicans would argue that the government can't create jobs, apparently government can destroy them.

A Basis for Agreement (Ending the Qs)

Asher Edelman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Business
Asher Edelman

What has the QE program and other monetary policy done for the middle, lower, and no income classes? If it hasn't exacerbated the pain, it certainly hasn't produced relief.

How To Do Lots of High-Quality Educational Evaluations for Peanuts

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Politics
Robert E. Slavin

One of the greatest impediments to evidence-based reform in education is the difficulty and expense of doing large-scale randomized experiments. The...

Boehner, House Republicans To Press Spending In Debt Fight

AP | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans will insist on curbing spending in the fight over the debt limit. President Barack Obama ha...

Post Story Misleads On Facts

New York Magazine | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics

The Washington Post’s lead Sunday news story is one of the weirdest, and most weirdly biased, news articles I’ve ever read in my life....

The Choice Congress Won't Face Up To

Scott Lilly | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Much of what is commonly being said about the federal budget is either mischaracterization or flatly wrong. When you slice through all the heated rhetoric, the budgetary choices we face may be painful, but they are actually much simpler to make than the debate would suggest.

Double THUD: The Legislative Debacle Before the August Congressional Recess Hurts Budget Prospects for Fiscal Year 2014

Scott Lilly | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics
Scott Lilly

Nothing illustrates the utter dysfunctionality of the 113th Congress more than the failure of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, or THUD, appropriations bills to pass in both houses right before Congress left for its August recess.

The Third Energy Revolution

Ishan Puri | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Ishan Puri

Whether it is firing synapses, moving cranes, or powering our homes, we run on energy. And our dependency is growing: 7,000,000,000 humans with an annual growth rate of more than 1 percent translates to one more person on Earth every 13 seconds.

Washington Should Play Ball

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics
Peter A. Georgescu

Before we kill a program that passes every logical test, let's make sure that the program is executing the intended mission and that the measurements are properly designed to reflect the appropriate outcomes.

Physician, Heal Thyself -- Where's the 'Affordable Government Act'?

Linda E. Brooks Rix | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Linda E. Brooks Rix

Think of the power of paying each taxpayer back -- rebating the Treasury -- when the government isn't efficient enough and spends more than 20 percent maximum on administrative costs.

The huge drone that could not be grounded

The Center for Public Integrity | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
The Center for Public Integrity

By Richard H.P. Sia and Alexander Cohen July 16, 2013 This story was originally published by The Center for Public Integrity,...

Shining a Bright Light on Government Spending

John C. Liu | Posted 09.09.2013 | New York
John C. Liu

Some say the West Coast has the best beaches, the Midwest has the friendliest people, and that you can't beat the cheesesteaks in Philly. But financial transparency? Fugghedaboudit. New York City's got everyone beaten by a mile.

Baby Steps Toward Better Formula Grants in Education

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

When I speak with policy folks about evidence-based reform, I often hear something like this: "Sure, you can give preference points for using proven p...