The austerity crisis and 2016

There are a number of powerful Republicans who would see their futures dimmed by a grand bargin that deals with deficits. That's going to make it harder for them to agree to such a deal -- a particular problem given that one of them chairs the House Budget Committee.

By Ezra Klein November 12, 2012

Will Paul Ryan’s past threaten his future?

If Ryan wants to be president in 2016 or 2020, he's going to need to figure out how to explain his past ideas -- like privatizing Social Security and eliminating traditional Medicare -- in a way that doesn't threaten his present ambitions.

By Ezra Klein October 12, 2012