The seeds of the shutdown were sown in 1787, when the Founders committed us to a system of government that makes democratic accountability impossible.
Utah's Mike Lee wants to add a new child tax credit, which could help many families escape income taxes entirely.
Conservatives' arguments are making it hard for them to cope with the 21st century.
It's hardly an accident that the economists who debunked Reinhart Rogoff work here.
Manchin-Toomey may be dead. But that doesn't mean there's nothing we can do to reduce violence.
The federal government is getting more and more invested in evaluating its programs. But will that fix what ails it?
It's far from obvious why people care about balancing the budget. So what are the most common reasons given?
Manufacturing employment has been falling at the same rate since 1961. We can learn a lot from that.
For any given program, the government usually has several if not dozens of programs. That's not just confusing. It's a big problem.
Two factions of economists are arguing over whether we should have sky-high marginal rates. Here's what you need to know.
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.
Even today, from 49 to 64 percent of British and Swedish peoples' social status is determined by that of their parents.
Past tax reforms might not have increased growth. But more dramatic reforms could.
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.
Contrary to popular belief, Democrats are actually better at party discipline than Republicans. And both parties are extremely unified, to an unprecedented degree.
Behind every debate this election is one unspoken assumption: the president can determine the budget. But can he?