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Newt and Paul Ryan

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


On the Debt Ceiling

Jared Bernstein | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

There's deep and serious misunderstanding on the rationale for why our government borrows money. Too many people think deficits and debt are bad; but they are not. They are an important and necessary part of our economic life.

Zach Carter

Florida's 'Awful' Foreclosure Courts May Shut Down | Zach Carter | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

In a turn of events that consumer advocates are celebrating, Florida's infamous "rocket docket" foreclosure courts may be on the verge of extinction, ...

The "Sane and Easy" $4 Trillion Deficit Reduction

Paul Abrams | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The IRS reports that there is ~$300B in uncollected taxes annually. Republicans de-fund the IRS so the money cannot be collected. This is an unvoted upon tax-cut of massive size that goes mostly to the wealthy.

Greek Program 'Will Run Off Track' Unless Reforms Accelerate, IMF Envoy Says

Posted 07.18.2011 | Business

ATHENS (George Georgiopoulos and Harry Papachristou) - The IMF warned on Wednesday that Greece's drive to shore up its troubled finances would fai...

Zach Carter

Chaos At JPMorgan Chase Shareholer Meeting | Zach Carter | Posted 07.17.2011 | Business

This article has been updated WASHINGTON -- Police maced several elderly protesters Tuesday at JPMorgan Chase's annual shareholder meeting in Colum...

Michael McAuliff

Tom Coburn 'Takes A Break' From Debt Gang | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Influential Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) "decided to take a break" from the bipartisan "Gang of Six" budget negotiating team Tuesday, citin...

Saving Chairman Ryan

Alice M. Rivlin | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Alice M. Rivlin

Has Paul Ryan killed a promising bipartisan approach to Medicare reform -- premium support -- by presenting it in a form unacceptable to most Democrats and many Republicans?

The Battle Is Squared, and Why We Need Budget Jujitsu

Robert Reich | Posted 07.17.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

Now that the debt ceiling is in play, there's no end to what the radical right will demand in the budget negotiations. Which leads to a more basic question: Are voters ready and willing to mount primary challenges to incumbent Democrats who cave?

Friday Talking Points [167] -- Happy Friday the Thirteenth, Ron!

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ron Paul, apparently, is not a superstitious kind of guy. Tempting fate, as it were, he announced today that he's running for president once again -- on Friday the thirteenth.

Illinois Taxpayers Demand that Wall Street Pays Their Fair Share

George Goehl | Posted 07.13.2011 | Business
George Goehl

In the face of Illinois' $6 billion budget deficit, the state says there is no alternative but to continue to cut public services. Meanwhile, Wall Street and big banks are foreclosing on hundreds of thousands of Illinois families and neglecting to pay their fair share.

Will Obama Stand Up to Republican Threats to Blow Up the Economy?

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

If President Obama doesn't want to go down in history as the Democratic President who began the dismantling of signature Democratic achievements, he must have the same courage in standing up to Republican hostage takers as he did in going after Bin Laden.

Who's Afraid of a Countdown Clock?

Marty Kaplan | Posted 07.13.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Whether cable stations run a countdown clock for when we'll hit the national debt limit or not, the controversy draws viewers, so the networks win either way. I just wish that were also true for the country.

Politics Is in Everything. Period.

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 07.12.2011 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

Politics seems to be in everything now. Whether it is your home loan, your school loan; even your reproductive rights or the right to bear arms. Belie...

Farm Subsidies: A Useful Sacrifice in the Budget Debate

Patrick Sharma | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Since being introduced to help cope with the Great Depression, farm subsidies have devolved into a hodgepodge of price supports, direct payments, insurance programs, tax loopholes and low-interest loans for wealthy farmers and agribusiness.

Twitter Town Hall in One Hour

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

Today at 4:30, I'll be hosting a live Twitter Town Hall, and you're invited. I'm taking questions using the #AskMcG hashtag -- feel free to submit a...

Leaving $2.3 Trillion on the Table: The House GOP's Budget Walks Away From Clean Energy's Economic Jackpot

Joshua Freed | Posted 07.11.2011 | Green
Joshua Freed

American businesses can win a large share of the clean energy market. We have the best minds, the best innovators and the best companies in the world. But we will not win if Congress adopts a budget that cuts off investment in new technologies.

It's the Prices, Stupid: Consumers Don't Drive High Health Care Costs

Richard Kirsch | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Richard Kirsch

The reason that health care costs so much in the United States is not that we consume too much health care; it's that we pay too much for what we consume.

The Gang of Six

Jim Worth | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics
Jim Worth

Three Republicans and three Democrats search for budget compromise. Six senators have spent months pounding out a compromise to reduce the deficit, create jobs and turn the U.S. economy around. Will the bipartisan plan get bipartisan support?

Barack Obama's Midlife Crisis, or 50 Ain't What It Used to Be

Joanne Bamberger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanne Bamberger

As Obama navigates the 2012 election, more wars than we'd like to admit, the still-faltering economy and a host of other issues, I sure as hell don't want the him focused on his graying hair or the bags under his eyes.

If "America Can Do Whatever We Set Our Mind To," How Come Our Leaders Won't Set Their Minds on Jobs?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

"We do big things," President Obama said during his State of the Union speech in January. And, in fact, we do. Sometimes. Finding and dispatching Osama bin Laden certainly qualifies. But what about the jobs crisis at home?

Zach Carter

Austan Goolsbee Applauds Job Growth, Says 'We've Got A Long Way To Go' | Zach Carter | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In an interview with The Huffington Post, White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee cheered a new, stronger-than-expected jobs report...

Why Washington Should Pay Attention to the Economy Here and Now

Robert Reich | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

The real truth in the latest job numbers is that the percent of working-age Americans actually working hasn't improved. It's as low as it was in the depths of the recession. 13.7 million people remain out of work. Hello Washington?

Zach Carter

Small Business Owners Demand Repeal Of Bush Tax Cuts | Zach Carter | Posted 07.04.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Michael Teahan, like his father, mother, and uncles before him, is a small business owner. The 52-year-old has spent most of his adult l...

Just Ask Us!

Sam Koppelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sam Koppelman

Much of the debate surrounding the budget and the debt ceiling has been centered on catering to the needs of the next generation. Paul Ryan's website ...