• Week in Politics: Obama on Race and Trayvon Martin

    Melissa Block talks with political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and David Brooks of The New York Times. They react to President Obama's remarks Friday about race and the Trayvon Martin verdict.

  • Obama started a needed conversation

    Not everything needs to be a fight. We ought to be able to have nonpoliticized conversations about issues that are this important. Sometimes, rather than throw a punch, it might be more productive to just join the conversation. Friday was one of those days.

  • DC Insurance exchange spending heavily on contractors

    Obamacare is working already, at least for professional consultants helping develop and promote the D.C. Health Link.

  • Obamacare already working in DC, officials say

    Mila Kofman, D.C. Health Link’s executive director, said the pricing adjustments — made by Aetna, Kaiser Permanente and UnitedHealthcare — show the exchange is “absolutely already working to create real competition.”

  • McDonald's finance guide 'insulting' to low-wage workers

    It's true that minimum-wage earners don't all come in one size, said Harry Holzer, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University whose research has focused on the low-wage labor market. "And we know in fact that only about 20 percent of the people who earn the minimum wage live in poor households," he said. Some are younger workers or people bringing in a second-income to a household. A third category are poor single-earners, he added.

  • Is a Certificate Today Better Than a Degree? (Video)

    Georgetown University Professor Stephen Rose on the advantages of certificate programs over college degrees.

  • Thawing the Senate's 'deep freeze'

    For all the railing against dysfunction in the nation’s capital, very little actually happened to overcome it — until this week.

  • Hillary Clinton and the quiet gender revolution

    American politics has gone through a gender revolution that has barely been noticed.

  • Do-nothing Congress: What does it cost us?

    Holzer says documented immigrants would bring more money into the U.S. treasury. “They would pay the full range of taxes on their incomes," he explains. "And that would be a net plus. The numbers were quite striking on that.”

  • Tax Break Can Help With Health Coverage, But There's A Catch

    "It's not a reconcilable tax credit, so consumers aren't on the hook if their income changes," says Christine Monahan, a senior health policy analyst at Georgetown Health Policy Institute's .