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National debt news and analysis from The Nation
September 7, 2017
Did President Trump Really Strike A Deal That Screwed Republicans?
The whole question revolves around whether Democrats actually want to play hardball.
July 25, 2017
A Guide to Trump’s $1 Trillion Defense Bill
This from a president who promised new efficiencies in government.
William D. Hartung
October 27, 2016
What a Hillary Clinton Presidency Means for Your Financial Future
Hint: It’s not looking good.
October 21, 2016
The Looniest Economic Fantasies of the Third Debate Came From Chris Wallace
When it came to economic questions, the final debate was organized as an argument for austerity policies that fail everyone but the one percent.
January 26, 2016
Why Is Florida’s Congressional Delegation Defending Predatory Lenders?
It’s hard to rein in the payday lending industry when lawmakers keep protecting it.
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December 23, 2015
Letters From the January 11-18, 2015, Issue
A war by any other name… debtors’ prism… Trump in poetry and prose… reimainging restoration (
October 15, 2015
Why Is the CBO Concocting a Phony Debt Crisis?
A simple accounting trick is arming austerity hawks with a powerful, phony weapon.
August 28, 2015
Ukraine Has Reached a Debt Deal. Now What?
The deal has worrying implications for the IMF’s treatment of Russia.
July 30, 2015
How Rand Paul Could Have Profited From a Debt-Ceiling Crisis He Helped Create
At the height of the debt-ceiling debate, the senator failed to disclose his financial interest in a US default.
July 21, 2015
How Hedge and Vulture Funds Have Exploited Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis
For this island teetering on bankruptcy, debt renegotiation is imminent—but on whose terms?