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CBO's Douglas Elmendorf: An economist armed with a grenade

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In a city where politicians and policy wonks alike use the punchy quote and targeted one-liner to establish position and authority in the public eye, Douglas Elmendorf has the audacity to speak slowly, in full sentences and even thought-out paragraphs. It is not the kind of behavior, in ordinary times, that would place him in the glare of the public debate. But these are not ordinary times....

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