| 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....
| 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 9, 2013
| 12:37 PM
The federal government’s partial shutdown has led to a partial return of furloughed workers, including some workers needed to investigate an outbreak of salmonella in chicken.
One of the ironies of the shutdown is how the politics have been...
| 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...
| 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,...
| 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...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 4:28 PM
1. Catch up on "Breaking Bad": 43 episodes to go. (No spoilers, please.)
2. Make it to page 39 of David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest.” (My record so far: page 38.)*
3. Find out what a “Kardashian” is....
| 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 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 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 1, 2013
| 6:12 PM
There's an ancient adage that in war, truth is the first casualty. The war being waged over the federal budget, mostly by Republicans fighting with themselves, is a perfect example.
The biggest untruth may be that by pressing their demands the...