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How Obama Can Get to Yes on the Debt Deal: Lessons from Past Presidents

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

President Obama has had a muted legislative record so far this year, but this debt ceiling standoff is shaping up to be among his administration's most dramatic confrontations with Republicans. 

After signing the health care overhaul, the stimulus bill, and the auto bailout in his first two years – not to mention the tax deal, unemployment extension, DADT, 9/11 First Responders bill flurry during the lame duck Congress last year – Obama was forced to scale back his agenda with the new Republican majority in the House this year. 

Despite his past dismissiveness of small-scale initiatives, Obama has had to table other major pushes on immigration, clean energy, and education. But there was no way to avert this battle on the debt ceiling vote. And it only continues to heat up, with a firm primetime address on Monday and a veto threat on Tuesday. 

But now what? Here, a guide to how previous deals have made been made. 

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What's a 'Debt Trigger' Anyway?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

It's a promise that if these measures are unsuccessful or insufficient, or if Congress cheats, we'll still have to come back and do something to actually meet our budgetary goals.

— Dr. Gregory Kroger, a professor of political science at the University of Miami.


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First Principles: What is Freedom?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Your quotes, haikus, videos, and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Eugene Jarecki's Documentary "Reagan"

Monday, February 07, 2011

Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki talks about his documentary “Reagan,” which follows the 40th president’s rise from small-town lifeguard to revered architect of the modern world, and examines the man, the myth and his legacy.  “Reagan” debuts on HBO February 7 at 9 pm.

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Closing Tax Loopholes: Obama's Best Shot?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

By all measures, President Obama began his 2012 campaign on Tuesday night. He used big numbers—not just ones with dollar signs attached, but ones that exist only in imaginations: 2035. 2020. 2015. The thinking was grand, the planning long-term, the rhetoric Sputnik-ed.

And yet, one of the president’s proposals in his State of the Union address was all about the fine print: closing tax loopholes. Absent from the speech was a broad-stroke promise to raise or lower taxes. The closest Obama came to doing so was a thinly-veiled threat to eventually let the Bush tax cuts expire for the wealthiest Americans, this after agreeing to extend them only last month.

Regardless of what happens to the top tax bracket, focusing on tax loopholes is a shrewd move politically, particularly with the president’s 2012 reelection campaign now in view. It realigns the tax debate on the minutiae of the federal code, getting away from the same old tax-versus-spend back and forth.


The Empire

Credit Check: Who Worked for Reagan

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A less serious but heatedly debated point at last night's Tea Party forum in Manhattan erupted when two of Gillibrand's likely GOP rivals debated who had real Republican credentials.

"It's absurd to say that you worked for Ronald Reagan," David Malpass says to Bruce Blakeman.

Blakeman responds, "I was an advance man for Ronald Reagan."

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Transportation Nation

Why is Transit in Such a Fiscal Hole?

Friday, June 25, 2010

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) There's not a transit system in the nation that isn't under water. MARTA in Atlanta is looking a cutting a quarter of its service. The board of the Caltrain, through Silicon Valley, is reserving the option of ceasing to exist entirely. But why is the NYC MTA, the nation's marqee transit system, facing an $800 million budget gap?

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Today in History: Tear Down This Wall

Friday, June 12, 2009

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.

On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered an address at the Brandenburg Gate. In his speech, he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ...