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They’re getting pretty good at hostage taking, and it worked before. Alex Seitz-Wald reports: Despite the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) today stood by his call that no more money be allocated for disaster relief unless it is offset by spending cuts elsewhere. The Washington Post reported…

Like Atrios, I don’t believe this–nor would any person who takes mass transit or lives in (or near) an urban area: Last month, I spoke to Christina Romer, Larry Summers and Jared Bernstein on this question. The three of them were arguably the administration’s most persistent and consistent advocates for more stimulus. But they all…

As with history in general, I suppose the victors write–or rewrite–economic history too. One of the arguments for balancing budgets that’s floating around is that Clinton got us a surplus, times were good, and therefore, we should do it again. Of course, things were better for some people, including those at the bottom (which is…

Or more accurately, it’s the revolt of the liberals. Personally, it’s none of my business whom Republicans nominate for president, but, to me, Romney seems to be a strong electoral candidate (albeit one disliked by the Tea Party/theopolitical base). Why? Liberals. Hunh? Let me explain. I’ve been talking to liberals who have non-overlapping circles of…

I think one reason that the Obama adminstration (including the preznit) don’t comprehend the level of anger about the economy is that many of them dwell in a world where they possess economic agency, whereas too many people do not. John Lanchester writes (italics mine): From the worm’s-eye perspective which most of us inhabit, the…

It appears the de facto Congressional retirement plan is spreading to the lower orders. For those who aren’t familiar with the Congressional retirement plan, here’s what I mean: One of the dirty secrets about many, if not most, congressmen and senators is that they like Washington, D.C., rhetoric notwithstanding. They want to stay in town…

Matthew Yglesias wonders why Obama didn’t push for a debt ceiling increase when he had the chance last year: It didn’t happen. Obama said he trusted John Boehner. Harry Reid said he didn’t want the debt limit to be raised by the 111th Congress because he wanted to force the incoming 112th Congress to take…

Earlier this week, Republican presidential hopeful Governor Tim Pawlenty uttered something, that if it had been said by a Democrat, would have led to accusations of elitism, snootiness, and disdain for ‘real’ Americans. Faced with the question of why he decided to run for president, Pawlenty responded (italics mine): I try again, saying I am…

Part of the discussion surrounding the elimination of Osama bin Laden has taken a somewhat ghoulish turn: what does it mean for Obama‘s re-election chances? While I’m more of a zombies-eat-brains! type of guy, I’m certainly willing to be ghoulish, especially when it gives me the chance to discuss some interesting political science. A couple…

So I was pleasantly surprised to read about this strong pro-union move by the Rockefeller Republican Obama Administration–it’s definitely not par for the course: In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force…