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The Federal Reserve is one of the most powerful entities in American government. This is how it was created.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 21, 2013
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An interview with Yuval Levin, author of 'The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left'.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Dec 17, 2013
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It's been 25 years since Robert Morris created the first major Internet malware. This is his story.

  • Timothy B. Lee
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  • Nov 1, 2013
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is taking some criticism for sounding Carter-esque. But Americans liked how Carter sounded!

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Aug 9, 2013
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Once, being the British royal family head was a boss position. Now it just means powerlessly overseeing decline.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Jul 22, 2013
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You ask, we answer. What if Henry Wallace had become president in 1945? Why does global warming appear to have slowed down? What if the U.S. defaults? Boxers or briefs?

  • The Wonkblog Team
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  • May 7, 2013
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The 43rd president is back in the news as his library is set to open. Let's look back at his record -- in charts, of course.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 24, 2013
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Looking back over the past 70 years, presidents have rarely gotten exactly the spending levels they requested.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 9, 2013
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Americans believed we were better off if men like Lincoln -- men born to illiterate parents in log cabins -- had the ability to lead the nation. And we were right. But if class is less binding today than it was in Lincoln's time, circumstance is more binding than it was in even our parents' time.

  • Ezra Klein
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  • Nov 26, 2012
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Contrary to popular belief, Democrats are actually better at party discipline than Republicans. And both parties are extremely unified, to an unprecedented degree.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 6, 2012
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