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  • A sign on the National Mall tells visitors of the closures do to the federal government shutdown in Washington

    How Trump Could Escape the Shutdown Trap

    Congress left town Thursday for a five-day weekend with no clear plans for how to avoid a partial government shutdown next week. Democrats said they were waiting for Republicans to make a move,...

  • Chart of the Day: Deficits Rising

    Budget deficits normally rise during recessions and fall when the economy is growing, but that’s not the case today. Deficits are rising sharply despite robust economic growth, increasing from $666...

  • U.S. President Trump and U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis attend the 119th U.S. Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia

    Trump Suddenly Wants Billions More for Defense: Report

    President Trump will request $750 billion for the next Pentagon budget, reversing course on possible defense cuts he discussed just a few weeks ago, Politico’s Wesley Morgan reported Sunday. Top...

  • Poll of the Day: Paying More, Less or the Same After the New Tax Law?

    A new poll from The Economist and YouGov finds a sizable partisan divide in American’s perception of how the new tax law will affect their finances, with 67 percent of Democrats saying they expect to...

  • How Congress Got So Broken

    More than 50 House members chose not to seek re-election in 2018, and a new report from nonprofit groups Issue One and the R Street Institute examines what drove so many to that decision. The report...

  • An insurance store advertises Obamacare in San Ysidro, California

    Obamacare Sign-Ups Down by 11%. Why?

    Fewer people have enrolled in health care plans through the HealthCare.gov website this year, with sign-ups down by 11 percent compared to the same period in 2017. Margot Sanger-Katz and Reed Abelson...

  • Taxes

    A Plea from the Left and the Right to End ‘Temporary’ Tax Breaks

    There aren’t many issues that the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute and the right-libertarian, Koch-funded Freedom Partners can agree upon, but putting an end to Washington’s annual ritual of...