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There’s Plenty of Things to Worry About with a Trump Presidency, But Debt isn’t One of Them

Donald Trump has said some weird stuff about debt in recent weeks. It seemed that he believes he can cut a deal with holders of US debt and pay less than face value. This of course would be a disaster. It would destroy the world’s belief in America’s “full faith …

Superdelegates: The Last Defense Against Political Parasites

The way the talking heads discuss them, you’d think superdelegates were some magical and inscrutable species. Numerous shows and articles have been devoted to discussing the strangeness and specialness of this class of party delegate. Yet they are quite mundane. Superdelegates are simply the party officeholders and officials who make up …

Power & Politics: The Coming Democratic Party Civil War

“Party powerbrokers seek to stop grassroots surge.” “Establishment candidates accused of conspiring to steal delegates.” “Candidate’s supporters feel cheated by an unfair electoral system.” “Campaigners claim primary opponent is bought and paid for.” “Party Establishment facing revolution from the grassroots.”   These are the kinds of headlines that have dominated …

The Long, Slow Death of the Republican Establishment

The deaths of Nancy Reagan and Antonin Scalia have come to be emblematic of the death of that age-old beast: The Republican Party Establishment. These two figures, deeply embedded in the conservative hierarchy for many decades, were some of the last figures of a bygone era in GOP politics, one …

Power & Politics: Why Old Ideas Won’t Solve New Problems

A favorite lines on the stump involves likening himself to a revered Republican president: “I’m not much of a socialist compared to Eisenhower”. Sanders is trying to make the point that tax rates were much higher during Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency than they are now, and that that ought somehow to …

Why We Need to Stop Using the Unemployment Rate

Discouraged workers are notoriously difficult to bring back into the workforce, so it is easier to ignore the problem than to address it. If we want real meaningful discussions, and real solutions, for our economy, we need to start talking about total unemployment including discouraged workers.

Fear and Self-Loathing in Las Vegas

Since the GOP took back control of the House of Representatives in 2010, it has been in a state of civil war.

Power & Politics: The Enduring Importance of the World Economic Forum

Ever since 1971, Davos in Switzerland has played host to a unique event, one that draws the leading lights in business, economics, politics, and public advocacy together to discuss the major issues facing the world. The World Economic Forum took place this month, and its stellar line-up of guests and speakers reveals how relevant and important this event still is.

One Last Ride Before Iowa

With mere days before the Iowa Caucuses, Republican candidates are still vying to position themselves for the fight after the first votes are cast. Some are aiming to win and gain momentum, while others are simply trying to survive to fight on into the primary season.

Election 2016: The Last Rumble Before the Vote

It’s nearly time. After months of campaigning and debating, the first primary contests of the 2016 election season are about to begin. On Feb. 1 Iowans will go to the caucuses, and on Feb. 9 New Hampshire will host the first primary vote. Less than two weeks after that, South Carolinians go to the polls.