• 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.

  • How many Hill staffers have enrolled in D.C.’s health-care exchange? It’s confidential.

    The testimony before the D.C. Council’s Health Committee offered the first look inside the health-care exchange since October. Mila Kofman, the exchange’s executive director, said it has enrolled 20,290 people — about 37 percent of whom are young adults, compared with 24 percent nationally.

  • 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.

  • The lost art of tough liberalism

    Congress could use more liberals who can brawl and negotiate at the same time. Perhaps Miller will now open a school for progressive legislators. He could name it after Ted Kennedy.

  • 10 Most Expensive Private B-Schools

    A graduate degree in business can help students double their earning potential, according to a report by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce. But sometimes you need to spend money to make money, and an MBA from a top-tier business school comes with a hefty price tag.

  • Chris Christie's conservative problem

    What is the greatest fear of conservatives when they warn against the dangers of big government? It is that a leader or the coterie around him will abuse the authority of the state arbitrarily to gather yet more power, punish opponents and, in the process, harm rank-and-file citizens whose well-being matters not a whit to those who are trying to enhance their control.