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Wonkbook: What you need to know about the CBO’s new report on the deficit

There are mixed signals on U.S. finances from the CBO.

  • Puneet Kollipara
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  • Wonkbook
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  • Aug 28, 2014
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Argentina’s insatiable—and destructive—appetite for U.S. dollars

Behind the country's default is one of the world's largest stockpiles of American greenbacks.

Explore 60 years of budget deficits in one chart

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

The two charts you need to see to understand Obama’s new budget

Obama’s newly-released 2015 budget might set a new standard for budgetary Pollyannaism.

Absolutely everything you need to know about the debt ceiling

Congress has until Oct. 17 to raise the debt ceiling. Here's what happens if they don't.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 14, 2013
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The debt-ceiling drama will start Oct. 17. Here’s what happens next.

Come Oct. 17, the Treasury Department will no longer have enough money to meet all of its financial obligations.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 25, 2013
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What if a typical family spent like the federal government? It’d be a very weird family.

The federal government really does resemble your typical family that owns lots of tanks, operates a giant insurance conglomerate, and can borrow at extremely low rates.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 11, 2013
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We could breach the debt ceiling as soon as Oct. 18. Here’s what happens next.

We finally have a date for the debt-ceiling showdown. Doomsday is expected to arrive between Oct. 18 and Nov. 5.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 10, 2013
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It’s possible America learned nothing from the financial crisis

Borrowers are looking for riskier mortgages and breaking out their credit cards. That could be a very bad thing.

Consumer debt is soaring. That’s good news (for now).

Consumer credit soared in May. Here's why that should make us nervous--but not yet make us panic.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jul 8, 2013
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How’s the public debt looking? Not bad!

Think tankers find that healthcare and tax reform do their job.

The deficit is falling fast. Can Washington accept victory?

Two new reports show just how much progress America has made--if unwittingly--toward cutting deficits.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Apr 23, 2013
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Everything you need to know about Pope Francis’s macroeconomic views

On most issues, the new pope is a social conservative, and he is no liberation theologian. But the Catholic Church in Argentina, of which he was a leader, hates austerity.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 13, 2013
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No, printing money won’t solve the United States’s debt problem

Why the great fear articulated in Paul Ryan's budget probably isn't something the United States will face.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Mar 13, 2013
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Washington hates deficits. Why it hates them is less clear.

A lot of people hate deficits, and a lot of people hate that the national debt is so high. But why should this worry them?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 13, 2013
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Our deficits aren’t as bad as Washington thinks

At least, not unless Washington makes them that bad.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Mar 13, 2013
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Is there a tipping point for government debt? And is the United States about to hit it?

A new paper looks at debt tipping points--and argues that the United States could be near one.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Feb 22, 2013
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Joe Scarborough, Paul Krugman and the economist-pundit divide on debt and deficits

Pundits are from Mars and economists are from Venus. We help them understand each other.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 31, 2013
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The case for deficit optimism

Here’s a secret: For all the sound and fury, Washington’s actually making real progress on debt.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Jan 20, 2013
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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
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