The Simplest Fix to America’s Rent Problem

In an obscure but public meeting last week, local and federal housing officials discussed a controversial idea that could transform U.S housing policy: What if the government gave money directly to renters, rather than relying on a complicated voucher system that drives both tenants and landlords up the wall? You’ve heard of universal basic income. What about universal basic rent?
The status quo is not working particularly well.

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Michael Goodwin: Manchin, Sinema are a dying breed. Progressives have won Democrats’ civil war

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The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats. 
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Moderate Democrats all but extinct: Goodwin

The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats.  
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Moderate Democrats all but extinct: Goodwin

The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats.  
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Moderate Democrats all but extinct: Goodwin

The Wall Street Journal wrote Tuesday that President Biden was making another attempt to salvage his stalled legislative agenda by meeting separately with progressive and moderate Democrats.  
The next sentence was more telling: The moderates were Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The progressives were too numerous to mention.

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Debt-ceiling crisis averted – at least for now

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A failed vote to end a filibuster.
That’s what Democrats needed if they wanted to alter Senate precedent on the legislative tactic, this one linked specifically to lifting the debt ceiling. 
The Senate finally took a vote Thursday to end a filibuster on legislation to increase the debt ceiling by $480 billion. Eleven Republicans chipped in to help hit the magic 60-vote threshold to halt debate, and, later, pass the bill.

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Debt-ceiling crisis averted – at least for now

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A failed vote to end a filibuster.
That’s what Democrats needed if they wanted to alter Senate precedent on the legislative tactic, this one linked specifically to lifting the debt ceiling. 
The Senate finally took a vote Thursday to end a filibuster on legislation to increase the debt ceiling by $480 billion. Eleven Republicans chipped in to help hit the magic 60-vote threshold to halt debate, and, later, pass the bill.

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Democrats Are at War Over Joe Biden’s Agenda. Here’s One Big Idea That Could Save It.

Democrats are trying to solve a public policy riddle with stakes that couldn’t be higher. The party’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill is the last best chance for America to tackle the world’s rapidly escalating climate crisis. But moderates, led by Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, whose votes could single-handedly tank the legislation, have demanded deep cuts to the package’s price tag that would make it nearly impossible to spend enough tackling global warming while also addressing the party’s other priorities, such as child care and health care.

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Democrats Are at War Over Joe Biden’s Agenda. Here’s One Big Idea That Could Save It.

Democrats are trying to solve a public policy riddle with stakes that couldn’t be higher. The party’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill is the last best chance for America to tackle the world’s rapidly escalating climate crisis. But moderates, led by Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, whose votes could single-handedly tank the legislation, have demanded deep cuts to the package’s price tag that would make it nearly impossible to spend enough tackling global warming while also addressing the party’s other priorities, such as child care and health care.

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Would Mitch McConnell Really Blow Up the Economy for the Campaign Ads? (Of Course He Would.)

No one is quite sure of the exact date. But sometime in late October, the government is going to run out of money to borrow. To prevent the United States government from defaulting on its debts, something that would prompt an economic meltdown, Congress needs to pass a bill raising the federal debt limit. As of now, Democrats and Republicans are at a complete impasse about how to pass this, and there is no endgame in sight.
We wish we could say that this high-stakes standoff stems from profound ideological disagreement, or critical matters of state.

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