• 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.

  • D.C. health exchange chief 'thrilled' to serve Congress, staff

    Mila Kofman, chief of the D.C. health exchange set up under President Obama’s health care law, said Thursday she is “thrilled” to be able to serve members of Congress and staff members who are forced to use the state-based insurance markets because of a provision in the law.

  • Scams, Fraud Among Obamacare Concerns

    “This is already starting and it’s only going to accelerate,” says Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. In addition to illegal schemes to defraud consumers, “There are companies and [insurance] brokers that might take advantage of consumer confusion and some of the misinformation out there about new coverage options under the Affordable Care Act,” she says.

  • Religion challenges left and right

    Whenever I write sympathetically about religion, I get bombarded by tweets and notes from readers who normally agree with me but cannot abide by the idea that religious belief should be seen as intellectually serious.

  • Amazon Brings Education to Its Expanding Workforce

    A recent report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce reveals that 65% of new jobs created between now and 2020 will require some type of postsecondary education. The total number of such jobs is expected to reach about 24 million, 5 million of which will require a certificate and 7 million an associate's degree.

  • Minorities and whites follow unequal college paths, report says

    The nation’s system of higher education is growing more racially polarized even as it attracts more minorities: White students increasingly are clustering at selective institutions, while blacks and Hispanics mostly are attending open-access and community colleges, according to a new report.

  • Arts majors jump ahead of tech grads in landing jobs

    The unemployment rate for recent grads with a degree in information systems is more than double that of drama and theater majors, at 14.7% vs. 6.4%, according to a recent Georgetown University study. Even for computer science majors, the jobless rate for recent grads nears 9%.