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HealthCare.gov and the Inevitably Digital Future of American Governance

November 4, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obamacare blame game is in full swing, and without other news to fill pages and airtime, it’s likely to continue for some time. Attention is shifting from the myriad problems with the official website HealthCare.gov, and toward the health plans that are being canceled, even though President Obama promised ...

The Lady Gaga Fix: How the U.S. Is Rethinking GDP for the 21st Century

June 3, 2013 This week the government released yet another revision of first-quarter economic growth showing that the U.S. economy grew a tad less than initially reported ‑- 2.4 percent rather than 2.5 percent. This revision was hardly consequential, but over the summer the Bureau of Economic Analysis will unveil a new way ...

Inflation Hawks Rage Against Their Own Hallucinations

January 22, 2013 Earlier this week the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly inflation report. The numbers came in at 1.7 percent a year for all items. Excluding the ever-volatile food and energy, it was 1.9 percent. That's about as low as inflation has been in the last 50 years. Only 1986 ...