• John Boehner's sunshine band

    The political world stopped for a moment when Speaker John Boehner broke into the jaunty old Disney tune — “My, oh my, what a wonderful day” — after a news conference in which he threw in the towel on the debt ceiling fight.

  • Roaming the US with Mark Rom: Water, Cuba, and banking

    ‘Roaming the US with Mark Rom’ is a weekly Radio VR segment featuring Associate Professor of Public Policy, Mark Rom of Georgetown University. This week we discuss three issues with Rom: California water, US-Cuba relations, and banking.

  • Yes, Obamacare will probably downsize the workforce. Economists explain why.

    "These studies suggest there's at least some people whose primary motivation to get a job is health insurance," said Tom DeLeire, a labor economist at Georgetown University and co-author of the Wisconsin study. "That is consistent with a lot of anecdotes you hear, but none of these studies show conclusively that losing coverage is the reason people are entering the labor force."

  • Willful stupidity in the Obamacare debate

    The reaction to the CBO study is an example of how willfully stupid — there’s no other word — the debate over Obamacare has become. Opponents don’t look to a painstaking analysis for enlightenment. They twist its findings and turn them into dishonest slogans. Too often, the media go along by highlighting the study’s political impact rather than focusing on what it actually says.

  • Is Economy Too Fragile to Raise the Minimum Wage?

    “For the most part, very careful study usually finds no effects on employment,” said Adriana Kugler, a Georgetown University professor of public policy. She said a minimum wage increase is long overdue. The rate has held steady for more than four years. When adjusted for inflation, it is well below the bottom pay received in the 1960s. “Increasing the wage to $10.10 raises two million people out of poverty,” Ms. Kugler said. “Stagnation of the minimum wage has led to rising inequality at the bottom end of the pay distribution.”

  • OMB urges more focus on results in awarding grants

    In an attempt to nudge federal agencies and their grantees in the direction of focusing more on programmatic results (performance and outcomes) rather than simply financial inputs, OMB has provided new emphasis to make grants innovative and evidence-based. The authority to do so has been around for quite a while, but only a few federal agencies have ever ventured in that direction and then mostly with very small grant awards.

  • Obama the confidence-builder

    Obama took a State of the Union address that began as a critique of economic inequality and turned it into a case for restoring opportunity. Anyone who saw class warfare here is spending too much time with Rush Limbaugh or Fox News.

  • The president and the post-Obama era

    President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is about more than the final three years of his presidency. Its purpose should be to influence the next decade of American political life and begin shaping the post-Obama era.

  • D.C. finding success enrolling key youths in Obamacare

    Young people aren’t signing up fast enough for President Obama’s health law — except in the District, which is actually doing a pretty good job of getting them enrolled by going to where the youngsters are.

  • This time, the moderate is willing to fight

    President Obama went big in offering a remarkably comprehensive plan to curb gun violence, and good for him. But his announcement Wednesday is only the beginning of a protracted struggle for national sanity on firearms.