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Wonkbook: With four days until recesss, a breakthrough on VA reform

Amid a pile of unfinished bills, a breakthrough on VA reform

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Jul 28, 2014

Wonkbook: The American center is shrinking

Congress doesn't have a monopoly on polarization. America lives and breathes it.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Jun 13, 2014

Doc fix would delay Obamacare Medicaid cuts. That’s good news for non-expansion states.

'Doc fix' legislation proposes to again delay cuts to safety net hospitals.

Interactive: When women inherit their husbands’ Congressional seats

Wives govern similarly to their late husbands after they take over a congressional seat, but with critical differences, new data shows.

Blame voters, not Congress, for our budgetary woes

67 percent of Americans say they’d be more likely to vote for a candidate who supports cutting federal spending. But 67% also said they’d want a candidate who “is committed to bringing federal dollars and projects to the local area.”

Explore 60 years of budget deficits in one chart

Explore 60 years of deficits - and the occasional surplus - in an interactive chart.

Almost none of the bills introduced into Congress ever becomes a law

How does a bill become a law? Usually, it doesn't.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 16, 2014

7 reasons why Congress’s failure to extend unemployment insurance matters

1.3 million workers lost their jobless benefits on Dec. 28 when an emergency program to help the unemployed expired.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 14, 2014

From unemployment to the farm bill: Here are 7 things Congress has to do this month

Plus: Avoiding a government shutdown, confirming Janet Yellen, dealing with 55 expired tax breaks...

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Jan 6, 2014

Ryan-Murray budget deal doesn’t show the two parties can compromise, it shows they can’t

The Ryan-Murray budget deal shows how broken Congress really is.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 18, 2013

96 percent of Americans think this Congress is at or below average

Imma let you finish, but Americans think this is one of the worst congresses of all time!

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 12, 2013

Republicans are winning the battle over discretionary spending

On the whole, the U.S. will be spending far less on discretionary programs in 2014 than either side envisioned three years ago.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 11, 2013

Congress is trying to avoid another shutdown. Here’s where the talks stand.

The deal under discussion would provide some relief from sequestration in exchange for cuts elsewhere and possible new revenues.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Dec 6, 2013

People in Silicon Valley yawned at the shutdown. They shouldn’t have.

Some in Silicon Valley think Washington's dysfunction doesn't affect them. Here's why they're wrong.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Oct 17, 2013

Congress gets paid during a shutdown, while staffers don’t. Here’s why.

Blame the law. And the Constitution. And Congress for not changing the law.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 1, 2013

John Boehner’s Congress is a train wreck

He's the guy in charge of the worst-performing part of one of the worst-performing Congresses in history

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 20, 2013

This chart shows why members of Congress really should earn more than $172,000

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.) is unsatisfied with his $172,000 salary. We shouldn't feel sorry for him, but we should give him a raise.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Sep 19, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg still has a lot to learn about politics

The Facebook founder risks underestimating how clogged things are in Washington.

Obama was right to go to Congress. The fact that he might lose proves it.

A few days of bad press coverage is a lot better than a few years of a bad war.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Sep 9, 2013

Congress spends too much time fundraising. But it’s less time than you think.

Remember that depressing model schedule that said congressmen should spend half their days fundraising? They ignore it.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jul 29, 2013
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