Debt-Limit Brinkmanship Is Dead
The GOP hatched this high-stakes strategy in the spring of 2011, but today is the day it officially died.
The "Was That the Alamo or the Battle of the Bulge?" GabfestBazelon, Dickerson, and Plotz on the long-term implications of the shutdown and Facebook's privacy settings for teens.
Gabfest Extra: Day 16—The End, for NowDavid Plotz, John Dickerson, and Ross Douthat on the likely end of the shutdown.
Is This the Debt Limit’s Darkest Hour?Maybe. But as bad as it seems, Congress will still probably strike a deal.
Don’t Just Lift the Debt Ceiling. Get Rid of It.To get concessions out of Obama, Republicans have to make a bigger offer.
Why Harry Reid Won’t Take Yes for an AnswerDemocrats believe now is the time to stand firm on budget cuts.
Winning!The showdown between President Obama and Republicans was a “game”—and there is nothing wrong with that.
The Big Idea
Radical RepublicansThe Tea Party remains the GOP’s dominant force, unbowed and still deliriously irresponsible.
The GOP’s AlamoRepublicans are wasting no time in rewriting the history of their own defeat.
Obama WinsThe president came to office preaching bipartisanship, but his legacy will be defined by his partisan victories.
Gabfest Extra: Day 15, Veering Around MadlyDavid Plotz, John Dickerson, and Matt Yglesias on Capitol Hill confusion.
Primary KillersIf congressional Republicans are smart, they’ll postpone the next debt limit till after the 2014 primaries.
Gabfest Extra: Day 14, Deal or No Deal?David Plotz and John Dickerson on the emerging Senate deal.