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Lawmakers ought to be scrambling over each other to rescue the economy, starting with a quick repeal of the sequester. But because Washington is incapable of breaking out of its self-imposed austerity cage, very likely nothing will change.

  • Ryan Cooper
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  • Nov 11, 2013
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Senior Democrats believe a little-noticed wrinkle in the design of the sequester gives them a big leverage point to force Republicans to reach a long term spending compromise.

Senate Republicans just successfully filibustered the transportation and housing bill, with most of the Republicans who had voted for the bill in committee siding today with the GOP leadership and the Tea Party against letting it move forward. Republicans blocked it in a 54-43 vote. Democrats, obviously, had been hoping for a better outcome. They […]

The left is not going to allow any Grand Bargain without putting up a major fight.

Republicans claim the sequester is a great victory for them, while blaming every individual sequester cut they don't like on President Obama.

  • Jonathan Bernstein
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  • Apr 22, 2013
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Dem Rep. Raul Griljalva vows to vote No on any grand bargain containing Chained CPI, and says in the end, the sequester may be less awful than any bad deal.

Obama manages to demonstrate once again that there is literally nothing he could offer Republicans -- even things they themselves have said they want -- to induce them to compromise.

A new poll finds that the number of Americans who think the sequester is hurting the economy is going down. Not what Democrats predicted.

The big question is whether the sequester will turn being the party of long term austerity into an untenable political posture.

Republicans who voted for the Paul Ryan budget, which would wipe out huge chunks of the federal government, are now chafing at sequester cuts to obscure programs.

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