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Past articles by Jeff:

Liberal lawmakers urge White House to prepare backup plan on student debt

With the Supreme Court poised to nix President Biden’s debt cancelation policy, some lawmakers are pushing a "plan B." → Read More

‘You don’t have another option’: Inside the Biden, McCarthy debt ceiling deal

A frantic and acrimonious month of talks between GOP lawmakers and White House aides averted default — with little lasting change to the nation’s fiscal picture → Read More

Will this be the last debt ceiling standoff? Biden teases the possibility.

President Biden has suggested invoking the 14th Amendment of the Constitution after the current debt ceiling standoff. It’s unclear if a court would take up the case. → Read More

As funds run short, Treasury asks agencies if payments can be made later

Senior Biden aides are rummaging through the nation’s books, looking for new ways to conserve cash while Washington struggles to raise the debt ceiling. → Read More

The man in charge of knowing when the U.S. runs out of money

A team at the Treasury Department is tracking the cash as the debt limit deadline looms. → Read More

GOP rejected White House effort to close tax loopholes in debt ceiling talks

Negotiations are stuck and time is running out, but Republicans have signaled that there cannot be any new tax hikes as part of a budget deal. → Read More

7 doomsday scenarios if the U.S. crashes through the debt ceiling

Economists warn of worst-case outcomes should Congress fail to raise the federal borrowing limit by the “X-date” deadline → Read More

Biden aides see major risks in circumventing Congress on debt ceiling

White House officials have discussed invoking the 14th Amendment to dodge the limit, but they see it as extremely risky → Read More

See how hitting the debt ceiling could unleash chaos

The government may have only until June 1 before it runs out of money. Here's the issue, explained. → Read More

How the Washington establishment is confounding Biden’s debt ceiling plan

The White House wanted powerful business groups and nonpartisan organizations to side with it against House Republicans, but they have not → Read More

The GOP wonks trying to get their party not to detonate the debt limit bomb

An increasingly personal spat among conservative policy nerds could have big implications as U.S. nears economic disaster. → Read More

Biden is running out of time to avoid calamitous debt ceiling outcomes

The GOP’s willingness to court economic disaster without major spending cuts leaves White House aides in a bind → Read More

9 key moments that pushed the national debt higher in last two decades

Presidents and members of Congress in both parties kept spending and cutting taxes, even as they knew the debt was rising → Read More

Biden aides weigh economic aid for East Palestine after derailment

The administration has faced criticism over its handling of the train derailment and chemical spill → Read More

Social Security, Medicare brawl awaits Washington, even if not this year

Biden and Republicans appeared to agree to leave the entitlement programs alone — in a break from past budget fights. → Read More

U.S. government is not investigating Elon Musk’s Twitter purchase

Foreign investors backing the deal drew scrutiny, but officials appear to have decided not to look further. → Read More

Gut spending? Slash the IRS budget? 7 GOP ideas for debt limit talks.

Republicans haven’t settled on what to ask for in exchange for raising the debt ceiling, but officials are eyeing these proposals. → Read More

Mint the coin? Buy back bonds? 7 ‘gimmicks’ for dodging the debt limit.

Experts think the White House has unilateral ways to end the stalemate without Congress — but even proponents call them "silly." → Read More

Democracy defenders and Rambo wannabes: Ukraine’s volunteer foreign fighters

Some believe strongly in Kyiv's cause, but other foreign fighters are soldiers of misfortune, ditching personal problems for the familiarity of the battlefield. → Read More

Biden aides consider extending student loan freeze after court defeats

The discussions are preliminary but come as White House officials face legal challenges to the loan forgiveness program. → Read More