I’m a billionaire and I’m running for president

As prepared for delivery on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at the annual combined meeting of the American Beverage Association and the Nuclear Energy Institute. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity today. I come to you with a simple message. I’m a billionaire and I’m running for president of the United States of America. I seek…

Fund the wall or we kill the economy: GOP debt ceiling extortion returns

“Both sides do it” may well be the most dangerous and deceitful phrase in U.S. politics. The lazy analyst’s substitute for actual journalism doesn’t merely misdiagnose what plagues the American body politic, but fails to correctly identify the source of the disease. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein put it in their 2012 book, It’s…

Can anyone help me understand what Democrats are doing with the debt ceiling?

Democratic leaders have proposed limiting the debt ceiling increase to three months, countering the Republicans’ proposal to increase it for eighteen months.  In a surprise move, Trump sided with the Democrats’ proposal and did so in front of Republicans at a joint White House meeting: In embracing the three-month deal, Mr. Trump accepted a Democratic…