- Explaining that House Republicans’ additions to the CR bill make government shutdown likely and laying out some notes on the political trainwreck.
- Clarifying the relative costs of a shutdown versus a default.
- Over at the NYTimes Economix blog: charting our path to dysfunction junction and examining the numbers and etiology of minority rule in the House.
- Raising some critical issues with the Washington Post’s profile of Rep. Steve Southerland and his proposed SNAP changes.
- Illustrating the effect of policy on poverty and mobility, here and abroad.
- Wondering if surprise can be an effective communication tool for the Fed.
- Pointing to something more uplifting than anything you’ve read here lately: a piece on “onshoring,” or how some textile jobs are coming back to our shores.
- Laying out the 23rd edition of Sequester Watch: remember, those who forget the sequester are doomed to repeat it.
Music: featuring my old friend, the absolutely brilliant jazz pianist singer composer Sue Maskaleris, in this week’s Friday Musical Interlude.