What the “Fiscal Cliff” Deal Portends for the Upcoming Debt Ceiling Fight

By: Tuesday January 1, 2013 5:05 am

There is some joy to be taken in the fact that nobody was able to harpoon the elusive white whale of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and that somewhere Pete Peterson weeps.

But we are, as the HuffPo notes, in a permanent state of “cliff crisis” now. Timothy Geithner says the debt limit has once again been reached, and Peterson can take solace in the fact that Obama’s resolve not to negotiate with Republicans over the debt ceiling is indeed just as strong as his commitment not to negotiate over taxes for the rich.


Obama’s Pivot to the Deficit Was a Total Political Failure

By: Friday February 10, 2012 5:07 pm

Over at The New Republic, Noam Scheiber has a pretty decent account of how the Obama administration made its pivot to deficit reduction after the 2010 election and messed up the debt ceiling issue.

Axelrod Stabs Rahm, Runs from Wreckage of Health Care Bill

By: Monday September 27, 2010 9:30 am

The race is on to unload responsibility for the extremely unpopular health care bill. And Axelrod wants to make sure he doesn’t get the blame.

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