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The seeds of the shutdown were sown in 1787, when the Founders committed us to a system of government that makes democratic accountability impossible.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 2, 2013
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Utah's Mike Lee wants to add a new child tax credit, which could help many families escape income taxes entirely.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 18, 2013
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Conservatives' arguments are making it hard for them to cope with the 21st century.

  • Mike Konczal
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  • Aug 17, 2013
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It's hardly an accident that the economists who debunked Reinhart Rogoff work here.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 24, 2013
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Manchin-Toomey may be dead. But that doesn't mean there's nothing we can do to reduce violence.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 22, 2013
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The federal government is getting more and more invested in evaluating its programs. But will that fix what ails it?

  • Jim Tankersley and Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 16, 2013
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It's far from obvious why people care about balancing the budget. So what are the most common reasons given?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Apr 8, 2013
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Manufacturing employment has been falling at the same rate since 1961. We can learn a lot from that.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Mar 21, 2013
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For any given program, the government usually has several if not dozens of programs. That's not just confusing. It's a big problem.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Dec 10, 2012
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Two factions of economists are arguing over whether we should have sky-high marginal rates. Here's what you need to know.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 27, 2012
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Some are calling for the outright repeal of the tax that pays for Social Security. But how do you pay for it? We run the numbers.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Nov 26, 2012
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Even today, from 49 to 64 percent of British and Swedish peoples' social status is determined by that of their parents.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 18, 2012
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Past tax reforms might not have increased growth. But more dramatic reforms could.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 16, 2012
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MIT's Daron Acemoglu argues that if the U.S. adopted the Swedish model, everyone would suffer. It's not clear that's the case.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Sep 28, 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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Behind every debate this election is one unspoken assumption: the president can determine the budget. But can he?

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Aug 26, 2012
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