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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fiscal Policy and the Federal Debt

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bill White, who served as mayor of Houston from 2003 to 2009 and was deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, tells the story of federal leaders who imposed clear limits on the use of federal debt for nearly two centuries until 2001, when elected officials broke the traditional link between federal tax and spending policies. For the first time in history, the federal government cut taxes during war, funded permanent new programs entirely with debt, and became dependent on foreign creditors. In America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse, White outlines practical lessons learned from the nation's five previous spikes in debt.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama's Rocky Economic Road: Summers Withdraws, Budget Showdown Looms

Monday, September 16, 2013

This week, President Obama is facing economic challenges from both sides of the aisle. Republicans are threatening a government shutdown over the 2014 budget and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. And pressure from liberal Senators led to Lawrence Summer withdrawing his name from consideration for Fed Chairman over the weekend. Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Williamson discusses the latest from both stories.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cantor, Obama, and the Future of Dems vs. Repubs

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Yesterday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor delivered a high-profile policy speech "outlining initiatives to 'Make Life Work'." Janet Hook, Wall Street Journal politics reporter, discusses the proposals, the future of the GOP, and the looming fiscal negotiations between Democrats and Republicans.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | January 2, 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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