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October 01, 2013 9:55 PM The 'Fraidy Cat' Conference

OK, all through this thing, and all day Monday, I thought that a shutdown was relatively unlikely. Not impossible, but below 50/50. Why? Because it was pretty obvious that only a small group of Congressional Republicans thought it was a...

By Jonathan Bernstein

October 01, 2013 8:45 AM Shutdown Psychology Made Simple

The best explanation of the U.S. government shutdown points to two factors. The first involves information, or what people think they know. The second involves incentives, or what motivates our elected representatives. From decades of empirical research, we know that...

By Cass Sunstein

September 27, 2013 8:00 AM Ted Cruz Republicans Listen Only to Themselves

The theme of Ted Cruz’s filibuster this week was “Make D.C. Listen.” But Cruz himself doesn’t listen; he talks. And talks. And talks. It’s no wonder the Texas senator can’t hear what the public is actually saying. A recent CNBC...

By Ezra Klein

September 24, 2013 11:13 AM Here's How a Bill Can Be Divisive Without Being Partisan

Derek Thompson has a new piece up at the Atlantic claiming that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the Obama stimulus) are the "most divisive" pieces of legislation in modern American history. He draws...

By Seth Masket

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