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Iran’s tipping point?

With Washington paralyzed by snow and its chattering class focused on President Obama’s changing fortunes, the next phase of a far more monumental story for both the United States and the world will play out this week in the Middle East. Iran’s regime and the opposition Green […]

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Washington D.C.: A tale of two cities

For Washington, it is, with apologies to Dickens, “the best of times” and “the worst of times.” It is a time of growing power at home but of shrinking influence abroad. They are two sides of the same coin, for they both reflect the economic and fiscal […]

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The best budget speech that you’ll never hear

I speak to you tonight from the Oval Office, from which earlier presidents have come to you in times of crisis. We, too, are facing a crisis. To put it simply, we are living on borrowed time and borrowed money. Here in Washington, we are spending far […]

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The Fiscal Times: The future is now

About 20 years ago, I was talking to an advertising executive who had just started work at National Journal, the weekly magazine for which I wrote, when she asked with a smile, “So, are you going to write some good stories for my advertisers?” I was, of […]

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Harold Meyerson’s Misguided Lament

Although Washington is poised to enact what he calls “a genuinely epochal expansion of health care,” Washington Post columnist Harold Meyerson laments the absence of a vibrant progressive movement that could fuel the enactment of a broad-scale public agenda to rival FDR‟s New Deal or LBJ‟s Great […]

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