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Oct 7, 2021, 9:00am EDT
  • January 21

    Democrats may have to sacrifice something big for the climate

    Which proposals will have to give to bring Joe Manchin back to the table?

  • December 20, 2021

    Build Back Better is the latest victim of America’s anti-democratic Senate

    Democratic senators represent 43 million more people than their Republican counterparts.

  • December 19, 2021

    Progressives’ biggest fear about the Build Back Better Act has come to pass

    There’s a reason they wanted the social spending bill tied to infrastructure.

  • December 19, 2021

    Manchin may have doomed American climate policy

    "This is the last best shot we’re really going to have."

  • December 19, 2021

    Did Joe Manchin just kill Build Back Better on Fox News?

    The conservative Democrat said he couldn’t vote for the bill, despite months of negotiations.

  • December 19, 2021

    Two ways to read Joe Manchin’s “no” on Build Back Better

    The bill’s fate depends on whether he’s acting in good faith or bad faith.

  • December 16, 2021

    Joe Manchin cancels Build Back Better’s Christmas party

    Biden wanted a transformative child tax credit expansion. Manchin wants to kill it.

  • December 13, 2021

    The state of the shrinking Build Back Better Act

    It’s still quite large, but it’s been compromised down, and more changes lie ahead in the Senate.

  • December 6, 2021

    Biden’s pre-K plan might not be as “universal” as he hopes

    Democrats want to expand preschool to all 3- and 4-year-olds but risk deepening inequities in the process.

  • November 25, 2021

    Why Democrats shouldn’t cut paid leave from their social spending bill

    If passed, it would be transformative for women’s workplace participation and economic growth.

  • November 22, 2021

    Democrats’ child care plan could help millions — or it could be a big mess

    The ambitious proposal in the Build Back Better Act is a gamble.

  • November 19, 2021

    House Democrats finally pass a massive social spending bill 

    Its future, however, hinges on the Senate.

  • November 15, 2021

    The infrastructure law aims to clean up pollution in your community

    Congress will inject unprecedented funding into replacing dirty school buses, lead pipes, and more.

  • November 15, 2021

    Democrats are set to leave immigrants in the lurch again

    Immigration provisions in Democrats’ budget reconciliation bill are likely on the chopping block.

  • November 1, 2021

    The uncertain future of free community college

    The initiative could have helped millions of students, but it wasn’t a top priority in Biden’s spending package.

  • October 29, 2021

    Biden’s $27 billion bet on forests

    The president’s Build Back Better proposal could be a game changer for US forests.

  • October 29, 2021

    Cutting paid leave hurts low-wage workers the most

    Just 8 percent of low-wage workers have access to paid family leave, compared to 20 percent of all workers.

  • October 28, 2021

    Are billionaires best at deciding what to do with money?

    Rich guys, unsurprisingly, not into taxes.

  • October 28, 2021

    The US is about to make the same pandemic preparedness mistake — again

    Democrats’ plans for public health funding fall far short of what experts say is necessary.

  • October 28, 2021

    What’s in — and what’s out of — Biden’s latest spending proposal

    The framework goes big on early childhood education and climate — while making drastic cuts elsewhere.

  • October 27, 2021

    Biden’s Plan B for the climate crisis, explained

    It’s not too late for Democrats to go big on climate change. But it won’t be easy, and there’s no margin for error.

  • October 27, 2021

    Democrats may let the best weapon against child poverty fade away

    The child tax credit accomplished in one month what other policies took a decade to achieve.

  • October 22, 2021

    What Democrats are still fighting over in the budget bill

    Climate provisions and Medicare expansion are just a couple of the issues being debated.

  • October 21, 2021

    Democrats’ winnowing health care ambitions

    Fixing Obamacare is near the top of Democrats’ health care priorities, but other proposals may have to be cut.

  • October 20, 2021

    Democrats are setting up social policies for painful cliffs

    They’re banking on the popularity of social programs to keep them from expiring.