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  • FILE PHOTO:  U.S. President Trump displays signature after signing tax bill into law at the White House in Washington

    Column of the Day: ‘Why Are Republican Policy Ideas Falling So Flat?’

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argues that “Republicans have decisively lost the battle of ideas” given that “their major policy moves, on health care, taxes and tariffs, are playing badly...

  • A $24,000 Generic Drug Bargain?

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    Gilead Sciences said it will start offering generic versions of its hepatitis C drugs Harvoni and Epclusa next year at a cost $24,000 for a full course of treatment. Gilead introduced Harvoni in 2014...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren delivers a major policy speech  in Washington

    Elizabeth Warren’s $500 Billion Housing Plan

    By Michael Rainey

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced an ambitious bill Tuesday that targets the growing problem facing millions of Americans: soaring rents and unaffordable home prices. The American Housing and...

  • The Deficit Is Heading to $1 Trillion. How Worried Should We Be?

    By Michael Rainey

    Should we be worried about the rising federal deficit? If not, when should we start worrying – when it hits $1 trillion a year? $2 trillion? Never? That’s the topic of debate in a Bloomberg piece...

  • U.S. President Trump participates in tour of U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes near Otay Mesa Port of Entry in San Diego, California

    Why Trump May Opt for a Shutdown

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump’s abrupt criticism of a key spending bill yesterday has some political prognosticators saying there’s a real possibility of a government shutdown in the next 10 days. The Senate bill...

  • Military Parade at Trump Inauguration

    Trump Cancels His Military Parade as Costs Soar

    By Michael Rainey

    President Trump said Friday that he has canceled plans for a military parade in Washington this fall amid reports of rapidly rising costs. On Thursday, an unnamed source at the Pentagon told CNBC...

  • Top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks at the White House in Washington

    Is This an Economic Boom or Just a Blip?

    By Michael Rainey

    Most mainstream economists think the booming GDP growth recorded in the fourth quarter will ease toward the end of the year, but President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow says...

  • Why Children Lose Out in the Federal Budget

    By Michael Rainey

    The federal government spends much less on children than it does the elderly, with the latter claiming roughly 35 percent of the annual budget. The disparity is driven in part by the government’s...

  • A red traffic light stands in front of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington

    Spending Caps Could Come Roaring Back in 2020

    By Michael Rainey

    Congress has busted through its self-imposed spending caps for this year and next, enabling the government to spend billions more that the limits imposed by the Budget Control Act of 2011. The...

  • U.S. President Trump talks with U.S. Army Major General Piatt during demonstration at Fort Drum, New York

    Cost of Trump’s Military Parade Rising Fast

    By Michael Rainey

    It looks like President Trump’s military parade is going to cost a lot more than the initial estimate suggested – about $80 million more. The Department of Defense pegged the cost of the parade at...

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