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September 27, 2013 8:50 AM How John Boehner Might Avoid a Government Shutdown

Information is starting to emerge about what the House is going to try to do in the next few weeks. Nothing is certain, especially the details, but the broad outline is fairly clear now. What's John Boehner up to? Remember,...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 26, 2013 8:00 AM What's Slowing Health Costs?

A new set of projections released last week by Medicare’s actuaries has drawn much attention, in part because it suggests the deceleration in the growth of health costs we’ve seen over the past few years is ephemeral. The actuaries attribute...

By Peter Orszag

September 23, 2013 12:08 PM Revisiting Democratic Mistakes: Debt Limit

You know what the "Gephardt rule" was? Majority House Democrats back in the 1970s automatically linked the debt limit to the deficit that Congress passed, so that there didn't need to be a separate vote. Then when Republicans took control...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 18, 2013 8:49 AM Government Shutdowns: The Big Difference Between 1995 and Now

There's one important point to make about Speaker Boehner and the Republicans as we approach a possible shutdown: this is very different than 1995-1996. Newt Gingrich, unlike Boehner now, really did believe that Bill Clinton was going to fold; his...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 12, 2013 10:50 AM The GOP's Budget Problem

Brian Beutler has a smart item up about how GOP obsession with Obamacare hurts them in the upcoming government funding showdown. I agree with the general point. However, I think he puts too much emphasis on the importance of what...

By Jonathan Bernstein