Why politicians pursue austerity policies that never work.
How taxpayers subsidize failing philanthropies.
The government program where party differences have widened the most, and matter the most, is Medicaid.
The ever-diminishing advantages of a career in the law versus the undiminished enthusiasm of law schools to mint new attorneys.
How the Comandante may get the last laugh, even from the grave.
The much-ballyhooed “in-sourcing” trend is real enough. But it won’t amount to much unless Washington acts.
Never mind Asia, time to pivot to Europe.
Even the best mainstream news stories on the regulatory process tend to mention the number of deadlines an agency has missed as if that’s an indication of its performance. But that kind of coverage is actually an indication of just how little we know about what’s going on behind the scenes. For one, deadlines are… Read more »
Barack Obama’s biggest second-term challenge isn’t guns or immigration. It’s saving his biggest first-term achievements, like the Dodd-Frank law, from being dismembered by lobbyists and conservative jurists in the shadowy, Byzantine “rule-making” process.
Conservatives love to apply “cost-benefit analysis” to government programs—except in health care. In fact, working with drug companies and warning of “death panels,” they slipped language into Obamacare banning cost-effectiveness research. Here’s how that happened, and why it can’t stand.
Preventing mass killings like the one in Newtown may be impossible. But there’s plenty we can do to reduce violence by the mentally ill in general. And the tools are right there in Obamacare.
A conversation with Alexis Tsipras, the Greek opposition leader who could save, or blow up, the world economy.
A selection of political cartoons from the past few weeks.
How “bracket creep” (the good kind) could make the long-term fiscal outlook better than everyone thinks.
How letter carriers might save your grandma.
Wake up, Democrats It’s time for Democrats to wake up to the need to get out their voters in nonpresidential election years. This is where Republicans have been winning races for state legislature, governor, attorney general, and the U.S. Congress. The state legislatures, with their governors’ consent, determine how redistricting is done for both their… Read more »
In a nonelection year like this one, the narrative arc of American politics is set by the State of the Union address. The president lays out his policy proposals, and for the rest of the year Washington reporters follow the drama of how those proposals are faring in Congress. The story tends to unfold like… Read more »