Debt Limit Explained
US Crisis Averted, At What Cost?
The World Today discusses the damage already created by the debt crisis despite the passing of a budget deal. (The World Today)
Understanding the Term "Default"
Paddy Hirsch explains why "default" is a term that's being "brutally abused" by the media. (Marketplace)
A Debt Limit Primer
The debate over whether to raise the federal debt ceiling has been going on for years. In 2011 NPR invited listeners to put their questions to economist and former Federal Reserve Governor Larry Meyer and NPR congressional correspondent Andrea...
What IS the Debt Ceiling?
In January 2013, the Heritage Foundation discussed the debt ceiling - the phrase mainstream media has been focusing on for weeks - and how policymakers can improve our economy. (The Heritage Foundation)
If Congress Refuses to Raise the Debt Limit
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera discusses what the extended government shutdown and the debt limit could mean for the U.S. economy. (Weekend Edition)
"A Nuclear-Tipped Leverage Point"
Although it's become more intense in recent years, tying conditions to the debt ceiling vote has been common practice in Congress for many years. (Morning Edition, NPR)
Could the U.S. Skip Payments to Avoid Debt Ceiling?
The United States has millions of bills to pay every day - could it just skip paying some and not others for the time being to avoid debt ceiling? (Marketplace)
Crisis Puts U.S. Asia Relations at Risk
As the U.S. moves closer to defaulting on its debt, allies in Asia have begun to question its staying power in the region, particularly as a balancing force to China. (All Things Considered)
Poll: Most Americans Confused About Debt Ceiling
A new United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection poll finds that most Americans are confused by the debt ceiling. (Take Two)
Debt Limit "An Appropriate Tool" To Restrain Government Spending?
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, who was on the front lines of the financial crisis, reflects on which tools he wish he had before the debate over the debt ceiling. (NewsHour)
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