• Panelists Selected for D.C. Statehood Hearing

    The witness list for the first hearing on D.C. statehood in more than two decades includes local elected officials, constitutional law experts, a civil rights leader and senior Brookings Institution fellow Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office and an expert on fiscal policy.

  • Obamacare has reduced the uninsured rate for virtually everyone — except kids

    By now, the evidence seems pretty clear that Obamacare has reduced the ranks of the uninsured across virtually every demographic since the start of the law's coverage expansion in January. Except for one, apparently: kids.

  • New job growth doesn’t indicate a strong labor market (audio)

    Though economists predicted a month of strong hiring, only 142,000 positions were added to the market in August. Paul Solman explains why the growth disappointed many.

  • Obamacare has growing support, even if its name does not

    The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam-dunk issue for Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” So how’s that Obamacare thing working out for the GOP?

  • Here's why D.C. Health Link says the District needed its own health exchange

    In chatting with health care observers around D.C. recently, I’ve been hearing an earful from some about the viability of the District-run health exchange.

  • Undocumented workers are keeping a key benefit program afloat

    Adriana Kugler, a former chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama administration and a professor at Georgetown University, said lifting undocumented immigrants into the legitimate workforce would have a significant impact on Social Security’s long-term future.

  • Jobs, Wages and Income Inequality (video)

    Harry Holzer talked about the trends in the U.S. job market and economy. Topics included the pre-dominance of low-wage, part-time jobs being created, which contribute to income inequality.

  • Where goes the neighborhood?

    Individual choice certainly has big advantages over a rigid collectivism. But solidarity sure beats impulsiveness, self-involvement and fragmentation. Right now, we’re much better at choice than we are at solidarity. We could use a neighborly national discussion about how to restore the balance.

  • Plain vanilla bipartisanship

    When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines?

  • What Made Me: Alice Rivlin

    The former White House budget director on discovering how to shape opinion.