• Harry Holzer – Jobless Rate at 6-Year Low

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last week that the nation gained 248,000 jobs in September, dropping the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent. It’s the first time the jobless rate has dipped below 6 percent since mid-2008. While economists and investors were encouraged by the report, their enthusiasm was tempered by data showing that wages have remained stagnant. Harry Holzer, a former chief economist for the U.S. Department of Labor and a professor of public policy at Georgetown University, explains the numbers.

  • Deficit Hits New Low Under Obama

    Rivlin says spending may actually have been too restrained in recent years, and the government should be spending more on programs that would boost overall productivity. “We ought to be investing more heavily in infrastructure and skills and training – we need that for the future,” Rivlin says. “I think we’re been over austere in restricting the kinds of investments that we need to grow faster in the future.”

  • Why Democrats aren’t getting credit for the economy

    A party controlling the White House could not ask for much more from economic numbers than the Democrats got in Friday’s jobs report, issued a month and a day before the midterm elections. Unemployment fell to 5.9 percent, the lowest it has been since July 2008. The nation added 248,000 jobs, more than the forecasters had projected. What’s not to like?

  • Texas and Florida did expand Medicaid — for kids

    Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year — for school-age children.

  • Georgetown report: Obamacare insurance networks got much narrower, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing

    One of the biggest impacts of the marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act? Narrower networks, according to a recently released report from Georgetown University Health Policy Institute researchers.

  • George Akerlof (aka Mr. Janet Yellen) Heads to Georgetown

    George Akerlof has a new job. The Nobel laureate, also known as Mr. Janet Yellen, is heading to Georgetown University in November.

  • Free pre-K: Strong early gains, but long-term questions
  • PBS Newshour: Brooks and Dionne on ground troop debate, Hillary’s chances of running

    New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including conflict over President Obama’s strategy to rule out the possibility of using ground troops against the Islamic State, what Hillary Clinton’s visit to Iowa says about her likelihood of running for president and who has the momentum ahead of November elections.

  • Energy: What Americans really want

    A massive survey shows we’re not as divided as we think

  • How Congress should debate the Islamic State strategy

    We need a responsible Congress to begin the search for a sustainable foreign policy. An unconstrained debate after this fall’s campaign is the place to start.