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How the administration could miss a CBO Obamacare target

A new report suggests the uninsured aren't getting coverage as quickly as projected.

How Republicans stopped worrying and learned to love big government

You can't say your skeptical of government then also say government can predict the future, secure the border, and scan everyone's phone calls.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jun 21, 2013

Wonkbook: The real damage the CBO did to the case against immigration reform

The CBO report rips a layer of artifice from the immigration debate. Few critics of immigration reform really base their opposition on the economy. Now they'll have to make their real case.

  • Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas
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  • Jun 19, 2013

You don’t know what America will look like in 2043, and neither does the government

Seriously? A 30-year budget forecast is supposed to solve Washington's woes?

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jun 17, 2013

Stop celebrating our falling deficits

It's as if we took all the good ideas people had to help the economy and reduce the deficit and did the opposite.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 22, 2013

Five takeaways from the CBO’s analysis of Obama’s budget

The CBO finds Obama's budget would reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion over ten years. But how does it do that?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 18, 2013

This is the only graph you need on Washington’s budget debate

Pay close attention to where the White House and the House Republicans actually diverge. It puts the lie to a lot of what the two parties want you to think they're arguing about.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 17, 2013

CBO says deficit problem is solved for the next 10 years

Washington's most powerful budget nerds have cut their prediction of our deficits over the next decade by more than $600 billion.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 14, 2013

This slide is the best thing you’ll read on the budget debate

One slide. Two paragraphs. Everything you need to know about the budget debate. Well done, Doug Elmendorf.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • May 8, 2013

The rise of means-testing, in one infographic

In 1972, the federal government spent $55 billion on means-tested programs and tax credits. In 2012, it spent $588 billion.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Feb 19, 2013

The most depressing graph in the new CBO report

There's another trillion dollar deficit, and this one should scare us.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Feb 6, 2013

The GOP’s hidden budget advantage

Here's an easy rule of thumb for scoring budget negotiations: Whichever side is complaining about "baselines" is losing.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 5, 2012

Graph of the Day: Our long-run growth problem

The economy is not where it should be. But "where it should be" is getting worse too.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 29, 2012

This graph should scare you

Why has growth been so underwhelming in this recovery? A CBO study says because potential growth has slowed.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 15, 2012

The single best graph on what’s driving our deficits

Want to see what's behind our fiscal problems? Then you'll want to see this graph.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 9, 2012

CBO: Letting upper-income tax cuts expire would barely hurt economy

Only the 13 percent of the fiscal cliff is budget cuts. Almost all the rest is tax increases.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 8, 2012

Wonkbook: Want some gloomy news about 2013?

Sure you do. The CBO says that growth will be a mere 1.7 percent -- and that's if we avoid the fiscal cliff. If we go over the fiscal cliff? Hoo boy.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 23, 2012

CBO: If nothing changes, we’re in for another recession

Usually the release of Congressional Budget Office economic and budget projections is as dull as that phrase makes it sound. But not these economic and budget projections, released today by the CBO.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 22, 2012

How much can taxes curb inequality?

The tax code actually has to become more and more progressive every year to prevent inequality from growing.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 6, 2012