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New report forecasts health care reform law will decrease U.S. labor supply

February 5, 2014
In the Congressional Budget Office’s economic outlook report for 2014, analysts predicted that as many as 2.3 million will stop working or work less as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Gwen Ifill talks to NPR’s Julie Rovner about the findings and the political reactions coming from the White House and congressional Republicans.
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In Talk of Economy, Obama Turns to ‘Opportunity’ Over ‘Inequality’

February 4, 2014
Jackie Calmes | The New York Times
Like so many political fights, the one between President Obama and Republicans over income inequality has become a battle over language. Is it about inequality of incomes or of opportunity? On this question, the president and his party have moved in Republicans’ — and voters’ — direction.
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Economic mobility hasn’t changed in a half-century in America, economists declare

January 23, 2014
Jim Tankersley | The Washington Post
Children growing up in America today are just as likely — no more, no less — to climb the economic ladder as children born more than a half-century ago, a team of economists reported Thursday.
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The Era of Big Legislation is (Almost) Over

January 13, 2014
Ed O'Keefe, Sean Sullivan | The Washington Post
Today, negotiators are expected to unveil a more than $1 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund government operations for the remainder of the fiscal year that should be easily passed by the end of the week. Later this month, a conference committee is expected to put the finishing touches on a long-delayed Farm Bill. And completion of those two big bills will come just a few weeks after Congress passed a bipartisan budget agreement with very little resistance.
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Critics Say Chemical Spill Highlights Lax West Virginia Regulations

January 13, 2014
Coral Davenport, Ashley Southall | The New York Times
Last week’s major chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River, which cut off water to more than 300,000 people, came in a state with a long and troubled history of regulating the coal and chemical companies that form the heart of its economy.

Election '13 Takeaways, Healthcare Rollout Woes Continue

November 8, 2013
What were the lessons from the 2013 elections and what do they mean for 2014 and 2016?
Webcast Extra

Webcast Extra: A missed opportunity for the GOP?

October 11, 2013
Panelists discuss whether the GOP missed an opportunity to take down Obamacare.
From the Vault

2011 Debt Ceiling Debate

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July 29, 2011
As the government shutdown continues, the next fiscal crisis is already on the horizon. The Treasury says the U.S. will default on its loans on Oct. 17 unless Congress agrees to raise the debt ceiling, but House Republicans will not allow the debt ceiling to be raised without some concessions. During last fight to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, a deal was reached just 2 days before U.S. borrowing authority lapsed. The deal included significant cuts in spending, but the cantankerous debate resulted in the first-ever downgrade of the U.S. credit rating. Gwen Ifill discussed the debate with Jeanne Cummings, Major Garrett, Karen Tumulty, and David Wessel.

Mid-Year Report Card

July 5, 2013
Mid-Year report card, America's role in Egypt, economic outlook for rest of 2013.
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