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Policy Brief: Another Kick in the Teeth: Loan Limits and the Housing Market

For weeks, August 2—the date on which the U.S. Treasury might have defaulted on its debts—was the deadline that drove policymakers toward a deal on…

PPI Policy Brief: What Would FDR Do?

In recent months, Jack Lew, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have asserted that Social…

Separate War Funding Still Makes No Sense

On Friday, I spent an hour or so with Senate staffers selling the merits of ending the war funding supplemental bills. We remain mired in…

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America’s job crisis: What entrepreneurs say

The worst economic downturn since the Depression is behind us, but the great American job machine keeps sputtering. Four years into “recovery,” too many Americans…

Obama Budget Catching Hell From Both Sides: Why That’s a Good Sign

In his piece for the Daily Beast, John Avlon quotes PPI President Will Marshall, “In a panicky reaction to President Obama’s budget, some liberal groups…

Paul Ryan’s Third Strike

If Rep. Paul Ryan was chastened by his 2012 election defeat, it doesn’t show in his latest budget. It’s a defiant reaffirmation of libertarian dogma…

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Obama Goes Big on Infrastructure

President Obama’s new budget proposes a bold, $300-billion push to modernize the nation’s aging and inadequate transportation systems over the next four years. Here at…

Restoring Regular Order

The Murray-Ryan deal sailed through the House yesterday, raising hopes that Washington may be returning, however fitfully, to “regular order” when it comes to the…

“Cut and Invest” vs. Austerity

President Obama’s new budget attempts to define a progressive alternative to conservative demands for a politics of austerity. Having just returned from a gathering of…

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