• 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.

  • Legal Loopholes Leave Some Kids Without Health Insurance

    Dental coverage for children is one of the under the law. But, it turns out, a loophole in the law means that — in most states — families don't actually have to buy that coverage.

  • The social justice majority

    The contention over unemployment insurance and the minimum wage reflects the larger problem in American politics. Rather than discussing what we need to do to secure our future, we are spending most of our energy re-litigating the past.

  • Quiet start to noisy health law

    For a law that’s inspired a lot of noise, the start of Obamacare coverage has been quiet.

  • The resurgent progressives

    The reemergence of a Democratic left will be one of the major stories of 2014. Moderates, don’t be alarmed. The return of a viable, vocal left will actually be good news for the political center.

  • What to expect as the fed begins to taper

    Former OMB director Alice Rivlin weighs in on the Fed’s decision to taper.

  • Think 2013 was a bad year for health politics? Just wait for 2014

    “It will be an election year, and the GOP has pledged to make the Affordable Care Act one of its top issues. So yes, I think we can expect even more politics,” says Sabrina Corlette, senior research fellow at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “Scary thought, I know.”

  • Would Shakespeare have unsheathed his sword to fight against Common Core?
  • What de Blasio can learn from Bloomberg

    The standard line on New York City’s Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who takes office Wednesday, is that he’s the antithesis of outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That’s not quite true, and New York’s voters probably hope it isn’t. In electing de Blasio, they were looking for a course correction from the Bloomberg years, not a repudiation.

  • District’s online insurance exchange offers extended call center aid ahead of deadline

    DC Health Link’s call center will be open Sunday between 8 a.m. and midnight, said Mila Kofman, executive director of the D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, the quasi-governmental entity that operates the online marketplace set up as part of the Affordable Care Act.