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The Deficit Primary

April 13th, 2011

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

With today’s address on deficit reduction, President Barack Obama is making a shrewd opening move for his 2012 campaign — laying claim to the political center, challenging Beltway orthodoxies and setting the stage for a possible historic agreement on the budget.

Obama reportedly is set to propose serious entitlement reforms — only three months after 200 progressive groups lobbied the White House to keep Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid off the agenda. Instead, he’s expected to reach out tonight with both hands and grab onto the “third rail” of American politics.

But rather than getting burned, Obama may emerge well positioned for his reelection.

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Funding research funds the future

February 7th, 2011

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This piece was originally published in The Hill.

$300 million.

That’s a lot of money to spend on a government program.

But what if that program was in fact an investment, one in which $300 million could bring much more in return? If it yielded even $1 billion it would be an enormously successful investment.

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Fixing Social Security is progressive

January 20th, 2011

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This piece was originally published in Politico.

Last week, 200 progressive organizations launched a public campaign directed toward President Barack Obama that argues against any fix to Social Security that would touch future benefits. This is not only bad for Social Security; it’s not particularly progressive.

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Politics 101: What would Clinton do?

December 14th, 2010

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Elvis was back in the building.

Bill Clinton appeared in the White House press room Friday afternoon to pull President Barack Obama’s fat out of the fire. If Obama had met with Clinton a week earlier, he might have avoided a political disaster.

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Now that we’re focused on debt, let’s make some difficult choices

September 28th, 2010

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This piece was originally published in The Hill.

It took America 193 years to run up its first trillion dollars of debt; it took us 10 months to run up our most recent.

For much of the 20th century, the United States was a production giant. We produced much of the world’s goods; we led in innovation; our service sector exploded; our middle class became the envy of the world and we became the most powerful economy on earth.  Slowly, however, we became a consumption giant. We now power the world’s economy as much by what we consume as what we make. We’ve become, in the words of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), “the kid with the cake mustache on his face.”

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Americans still trust Obama on Afghanistan

July 21st, 2010

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This piece was originally published on Foreign Policy.

Recent polls showing pessimism about U.S. prospects in Afghanistan seem to suggest that Barack Obama has lost the United States’ support for the war there. However, general exhaustion from years of war and specific support for Obama’s Afghanistan strategy should not be so easily conflated. A careful reading of the polling data on Afghanistan shows that while the public is weary, they haven’t yet given up on the mission or Obama’s redefined strategy…yet.

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