• A Political Scientist Seeks to Reinvent the Scholarly Conference

    Mark Carl Rom often felt terrible when he attended big academic conferences. When he was a graduate student, he chalked it up to nerves. As his career progressed, he confided to colleagues that he was bored by underdeveloped papers, poorly presented, and that he felt uneasy amid the social and professional anxiety that permeated the halls.

  • A comeback for labor

    Precisely because no one in organized labor expects the proportion of private-sector workers in their ranks to rise sharply anytime soon, unions, workers themselves and others who believe that too many Americans receive low wages are finding new ways to address long-standing grievances.

  • Week In Politics: Debate Over A U.S. Strike In Syria

    Melissa Block talks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review. They discuss the latest political wrangling over military intervention in Syria.

  • Immigration Helps American Workers’ Wages and Job Opportunities

    For decades, immigrants and their families have played a vital role in the U.S. labor force and economy at large. Today, however, our broken immigration system stifles the contributions of immigrants and in turn withholds significant benefits from American workers.

  • Syria upends Obama's plans abroad

    President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war. An armed conflict with the Syrian government, even of limited duration, was never part of Obama’s dream.

  • Threatened by the Armageddon Caucus

    Will our ability to govern ourselves be held perpetually hostage to an ideology that casts government as little more than dead weight in American life? And will a small minority in Congress be allowed to grind decision-making to a halt?

  • Week In Politics: Syria, FISA Court, Debt Ceiling

    NPR's Audie Cornish talks to talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Amy Holmes, anchor of "The Hotlist" on TheBlaze.com. They discuss President Obama's bus tour, the FISA court and the debt ceiling.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream still echoes

    King called our country forward on that beautiful day in 1963, but he also called out our failings. He told us there could be no peace without justice, and no justice without struggle. We honor him best by sharing not only his hope but also his impatience and his resolve.

  • Chris Christie's debate phobia won't win him GOP support

    Winning reelection this November by the biggest possible margin will buy Christie time. But eventually the debating society will beckon. He’ll have to be very clear, if not professorial, about the argument he wants to make.

  • Unearned blessings

    In thinking about inequality, we tend to focus on practical remedies such as raising the minimum wage or supplementing the income of the working poor. We have far more trouble affecting that ineffable thing we call luck.