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The scariest paragraph about the debt ceiling you’ll read today

The Treasury Department wants everyone to be terrified of a debt-ceiling breach. Is that warranted?

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Oct 3, 2013

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

Jobless recoveries are here to stay. But it’s a mystery why.

The US is stuck in its third consecutive “jobless recovery.” And Americans might need to get used to the phenomenon.

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

Here’s where middle-class jobs are vanishing the fastest

The U.S. job market is increasingly polarized, with high-paid and low-paid occupations growing fast, while middle-class jobs are vanishing.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 27, 2013

The West is on the brink of a wild horse apocalypse. (No, really.)

The wild horse population out West is growing fast. And, right now, the government doesn't have a good plan for controlling it.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Aug 26, 2013

Corporations had ONE JOB on gender diversity. Take a guess on whether they did it.

The SEC requires corporations to explain if they consider diversity in appointing their corporate boards. They don't even do that.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 16, 2013

These 31 charts will destroy your faith in humanity

Don't believe the optimists. Everything is terrible.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • May 24, 2013

Senior poverty is much worse than you think

The official poverty measure says 9 percent of seniors are in poverty. But an arguably superior metric puts it considerably higher.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 20, 2013

Millions of Americans live in extreme poverty. Here’s how they get by.

In 2011, 1.65 million American households, including 3.55 million children, lived on less than $2 a day per person.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • May 13, 2013

The saddest graph you’ll see today

Rape is frighteningly common. False accusations aren't. Nor are convictions of rapists.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jan 7, 2013

Study: We won’t meet the Fed’s unemployment target for three years

The Fed won't raise rates until inflation is at 2.5 percent or unemployment is below 6.5 percent. The latter, a new study says, won't happen for another three years.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 17, 2012

ADP: We gained 118,000 jobs in November. That’s really bad.

ADP is better at predicting final employment numbers than even the federal government. And its latest figures are bleak.

  • Dylan Matthews
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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

Study: After foreclosure, families take a decade or more to buy another house

Foreclosed-upon homeowners take over a decade to get back into the market, even when they had great credit to start out.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 14, 2012

Have we reached the end of economic growth?

A recent paper by Northwestern's Robert Gordon argues, essentially, that technological progress and economic growth is over. We've exploited all the good technologies in recent years, and there's not much more on the horizon. But is Gordon being too pessimistic? A look at his paper and some of the more forceful critiques.

  • Brad Plumer
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  • Sep 11, 2012

The European Central Bank will buy bonds. But there are many strings attached.

Mario Draghi will buy up unlimited quantities of Spanish and Italian debt. But the offer has some conditions attached.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 6, 2012

The European Central Bank offers unlimited aid to euro zone members — but only if they behave

Draghi's latest plan gets closer to a policy that can avert disaster. But it probably doesn't get close enough.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 5, 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

College graduates’ non-recession

It's common knowledge by now that the recession has hit college graduates and non-graduates differently, but the size of the gap is dramatic.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 16, 2012
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