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New Book Defends Barack Obama’s Stimulus

Michael Grunwald’s fascinating new book, The New New Deal, is bound to be a lasting word on Barack Obama’s presidency. It closely examines the early stimulus spending bill and argues that it, well, pretty much saved us from a free-falling depression. What we got instead, a Great Recession with endemic joblessness, was something to be grateful for.…

South Beach Author Michael Grunwald’s The New New Deal Turns Washington, D.C., on Its Head

By Tim Elfrink | In our nation’s capital, real consensus happens as often as a noncreepy Rick Scott grin. Yet for the past couple of years, everyone in Washington, D.C., has agreed on this: President Obama‘s mammoth 2009 stimulus was kind of laughable. Green-energy initiatives? Saving America from financial ruin? Hah! Last week, though, that conversation turned on a dime.…

The Real Story of the Stimulus

While on vacation last week I mostly read Game of Thrones books but also found the time for Michael Grunwald’s The New New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era. I can summarize the merits of this book very simply—normally when you read a policy book on a subject you cover, you end up analyzing…

The New Republic: How the Press Fumbled the Stimulus

By Alec MacGillis | Mike Grunwald, a staff writer for Time and author of a book on the Everglades, could hardly have picked a better time for his latest book, an appraisal of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka the stimulus. At first blush, one might think that few readers would want to revisit an enterprise…

The Guardian: Why Obama should run on the success of the stimulus

Michael Cohen The Guardian, Monday 27 August 2012 Over the next week, as Republicans gather for their national convention in Tampa, Florida, we can rest assured that the Obama epithet game will be in full effect. He’s a tax-and-spender; he’s an inveterate expander of federal power; he’s weakened America in the world; he was born in…

Biden: McConnell decided to withhold all cooperation even before we took office

By Greg Sargent, The Washington Post. I’ve got my copy of Michael Grunwald’s new book on the making of stimulus, The New New Deal, and there are a lot of juicy nuggets in it. In particular, it may shed new light on the degree to which Republicans may have decided to deny Obama all cooperation…

The Daily Caller: Reid used Kennedy’s brain cancer to beg for stimulus votes

By Jamie Stiehm The New New Deal details the $787 billion stimulus passed in the early days of President Barack Obama’s presidency, and offers the back story of Senate arm-twisting needed to secure the votes. Among the revelations in Grunwald’s book is an anecdote recalling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s attempt to push three veteran…

One Of The Year's Deepest Books

“The NEW New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era,” by Michael Grunwald – TIME senior national correspondent, author of “The Swamp: The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise,” and alumnus of WashPost and Boston Globe – out Aug. 14 from Simon & Schuster – Grunwald explains why little-covered policy choices…

Mike Grunwald, Guest Blogger.

Mike will be guest-blogging on the editor’s blog at TalkingPointsMemo.com the week of August 26.

The Daily Beast- 6 Revelations From Michael Grunwald’s ‘The New New Deal’

Matthew Zeitlin: ‘The New New Deal’ will change how you look at President Obama’s stimulus forever. Although the presidential election is now in full swing, one piece of legislation is hardly mentioned: the stimulus. The $787 billion piece of legislation, passed soon after Obama took office was both gargantuan in size and in how much…