| Jan 31, 2014
| 12:29 PM
Tax season, that time of year that spurs Americans to gnash their teeth and root out reams of old documents, officially kicked off Friday.
The Internal Revenue Service started accepting and processing paper and online returns, as well as preparing...
| Jan 9, 2014
Re "Boeing's hollow victory," Opinion, Jan. 7
The vote in favor of a contract that cuts benefits significantly in exchange for Boeing machinists in Washington state being able to keep their jobs is another corporate victory in the business world's war...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 5:50 PM
WASHINGTON — The head of a criminal probe into allegations that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups and tea party supporters personally donated a total of $6,750 to President Obama's election campaign and the Democratic...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 2:48 PM
One of the last things most home buyers think about is how to take title to their new house.
It's best to consult a real estate attorney before deciding but, unfortunately, most homeowners don't do that.
To help with the decision, here are the pros...
| Jan 14, 2014
What a bizarre spectacle. Assuming he did not lie during his marathon news conference last week, the feeding frenzy surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will be remembered as one of those incredibly odd moments of elite journalistic hysteria that...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 1:51 PM
The most specious (and probably predictable) reaction to the unfolding scandal imperiling the presidential aspirations of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a silly attempt at misdirection by whiny conservatives who complain that journalists ignored the...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 11:19 AM
When all else fails, defund.
This technique is spectacularly on display in the $1.1-trillion federal spending bill unveiled by House and Senate negotiators Monday and scheduled for debate this week. The measure provides $215 million in funding for the...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 3:05 PM
Extending and expanding upon our recent observations about deregulation by budgetary starvation--"defund to defang" is how we put it the other day--economist Bruce Bartlett examines the sad case of the IRS.
"Republicans have been playing this trick with...
| Jan 20, 2014
| 8:13 PM
Ngoctram Tran stuffed the things she hoped would unlock thousands of dollars toward her daughter's college education inside a plastic bag: her driver's license, Social Security cards, bank statements and W-2s.
But the most important thing she'd need...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:12 AM
In 2013, Washington seemed to lurch from one crisis to the next, with lawmakers setting an example for Americans on the best ways not to get along. Blame was launched in all directions.
Efforts to pass gun control fizzled in Congress, and immigration...
| Jan 24, 2014
| 1:41 PM
That's the implication of an op-ed in Thursday's Wall Street Journal, which says that figures on retiree incomes used by the Social Security Administration systematically misses as much as 60% of the income that seniors receive. That income, they say, is ...