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Kansas Republicans to Congress: 'You Better Learn Our Lesson'

October 11, 2017 The regretful Republicans of Kansas have a message for the tax-cutting Republicans of Congress: Don’t follow our lead. If states are, as Justice Louis Brandeis famously called them, the laboratories of democracy, then Kansas’s experiment in conservative tax reform set off an explosion of red ink. Steep cuts for businesses...

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How Democrats' Debt Ceiling Deal With President Trump May Have Backfired

September 21, 2017 “They may have spiked the ball in the end zone a little too early,” Mitch McConnell observed about his Democratic colleagues to The New York Times last week. The Senate majority leader was referring to the celebrations from Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi about...

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Democrats Agree to More Border Security in Exchange for Protecting 'Dreamers'

September 14, 2017 “No deal was made last night on DACA,” President Trump insisted early Thursday morning on Twitter, right before he proceeded to describe what sure sounded like the outlines of a deal with Democrats to codify protections for undocumented immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The night before,...

Why a Hurricane Like Irma Poses a Particular Challenge to Florida

September 11, 2017 The government’s biggest challenge in responding to Hurricane Irma may not be its strength as much as its size. Federal, state, and local officials had been preparing for more than a week before the storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane over the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and...

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Why a Hurricane Like Irma Poses a Particular Challenge to Florida

September 10, 2017 The government’s biggest challenge in responding to Hurricane Irma may not be its strength as much as its size. Federal, state, and local officials had been preparing for more than a week before the storm made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane over the Florida Keys on Sunday morning and...

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The Beginning of the End of the Debt Ceiling

September 8, 2017 When Republicans took control of the House of Representatives in January 2011 after sweeping then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi out of the majority, one of the first things they did was to take a hostage. The nation’s statutory debt limit, they decided, would no longer automatically be increased when Congress passed a...

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Harvey Quiets Threats of an Imminent Government Shutdown

September 5, 2017 Republicans have spent most of 2017 fighting among themselves. Conservatives have jousted with moderates. Both factions have tangled with party leaders. And President Trump has bickered with just about all of them. September was shaping up to be the nastiest brawl of all. With the end of the fiscal year...

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Congress Prepares to Open Its Wallet for Texas

August 29, 2017 The flood waters in Houston have yet to recede, and it might take days or weeks to assess the full damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey. But Texas lawmakers are already sure of one thing: They’re going to need more money from Congress. Calls for the House and Senate to approve...

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Is a Government Shutdown Inevitable?

August 24, 2017 Republican leaders don’t want a government shutdown. Democrats don’t either, at least not officially. And yet come this fall, or perhaps just in time for Christmas, federal agencies might once again send their nonessential employees home and national parks and museums might close their doors—all because of President Trump’s insistence...

Does the US Military Need a Space Corps?

August 8, 2017 The U.S. military hasn’t added a new uniformed service in 70 years, when the Air Force was created in the aftermath of World War II. If Congress gets its way, that will soon change. In a bipartisan vote last month, the House of Representatives approved legislation that would direct the...