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Fret Factor

What concerns voters as we approach the November elections? Some anxieties are obvious. A slow economy, anemic job creation, and record spending and debt are just a few of the bigger ...

Obama Loses Cred

Orzag gave a big-spending White House some credibility with budget hawks, thanks to his CBO background. He wasn’t viewed as just some political hack installed by the president. This credibility gave ...

No One Is Safe from Higher Taxes

Democrats have a language problem. They don’t know how to talk about cutting spending, and the party’s tax lingo is equally pathetic — soak the rich. This year’s budget process may ...
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Fillmore No More

Not counting President James Garfield, as he served in the White House for barely six months, the last president not to veto a piece of legislation was Millard Fillmore; and ...
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Halftime to Endgame

When lawmakers left Washington in late July, it felt like a good midway point for the year, with plenty of time left over for legislative soup-making. But they soon discover ...
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The Democrats’ Financiers

Big Labor is sweating profusely these days. Despite its working hard to avoid coming apart at the seams, widening cracks plague the union movement, exposing several troubling rifts. Internal disputes ...
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Middle-Class Blues

You wouldn’t know it from reading the mainstream media, but Democrats are plagued by middle-class blues. Despite John Kerry and others courting them with populist rhetoric and targeted get-out-the-vote efforts, ...