The endless cyclical stupidity of the debt ceiling

Yet again, the United States government is fast approaching the debt ceiling — a potentially catastrophic budget deadline that’s also high in the running for “single stupidest semi-annual ritual in all of U.S. politics.” As a refresher: The debt ceiling is a statutory limit in American law, capping the total dollar amount of debt the […]

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Mark Sanford gets the GOP one warm body closer to a real primary

Mark Sanford, former Republican governor and representative of South Carolina, is considering a primary challenge to President Trump. True to style, Sanford — who was known as a stringent fiscal conservative (“famously cheap”) before he was known as the guy with the Appalachian Trail tale — linked his campaigning impulse to economics. “I’m a Republican. […]

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Trump’s new asylum rule is probably doomed. It’s still incredibly dangerous.

President Trump on Monday summarily eliminated almost all asylum protections for Central Americans and other migrants seeking to enter the United States from the Southern border. But the president’s move is legally questionable for a whole host of reasons, the most important being that he is attempting an end-run around Congress and doing by administrative […]

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