| Dec 22, 2013
| 5:00 AM
You may have missed it, given the launch of the Christmas shopping season and all the foofaraw about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but earlier this month Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his presidency.
The topic was the rising...
| Dec 20, 2013
"Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan," said Harry Truman, "I know he is going to vote against me." The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the budget deal passed this week should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that we lost...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 2:33 PM
Parents of small children and owners of dogs know that if they set low expectations for their charges, they'll end up with underachievers. American voters can see that phenomenon in action in the budget deal worked out by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen....
| Nov 25, 2013
Last spring, CoverGirl announced a makeup line called the Capitol Collection, a marketing tie-in with the "Hunger Games" film franchise, based on the novels by Suzanne Collins.
The makeup is supposed to draw its users closer to the world of Panem, where...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 12:00 PM
An alternative way of measuring poverty shows that nearly 2.8 million more people are struggling across the country than officially calculated, the U.S. Census Bureau reports – and California has by far the biggest share of people in poverty,...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:13 PM
Here's an idea for raising government revenue whose time may have come. Instead of taxing the income of the wealthy, tax investment transactions that don't contribute much, if at all, to economic growth.
The idea is known as a financial transaction tax....
| Oct 19, 2013
| 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis.
This time, though, the parties come to the...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:07 PM
It happens every time: Republicans and Democrats get into a standoff over the federal budget, and their best plan for wriggling out of it is to nickel-and-dime people on Social Security and Medicare.
The worst zombie in this package, a terrible idea...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 10:00 AM
We have now reached the stage of bogus indignation in the government shutdown. The leading example is the ruthless exploitation by House Republicans of World War II veterans brought to the World War II Memorial on the Washington Mall for a theatrical...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 1:01 PM
The Republicans' Plan Q in the government shutdown cabaret (give or take a few letters) is their most transparent ploy yet: pass a few bills restoring the budget for popular or heartwarming programs, in the hope that these will chip away at the united...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 12:09 PM
As veterans continued to liberate lightly barricaded national monuments in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, the federal government shutdown stands to hit children and the disadvantaged particularly hard if the days wear on.
Here's a tour of some of the...