• Minimum Wage Proposal Renews Economic Debate

    Economists are still divided on the question of whether a higher minimum wage would lead to fewer jobs. But they agree that if there is an effect on employment, it is likely to be small. And while a wage hike would increase consumption among lower-income people, the higher labor costs would also likely raise prices, eating into some of that new spending power.

  • Ending the permanent crisis

    The old formula held that when government was divided between the parties, the contending sides should try to “meet in the middle.” But the current Republican leadership doesn’t know the meaning of the word “middle,” so intimidated by the tea party has it become.

  • Title XI for our boys

    Stereotyped as "naughty," boys quickly learn that they are thought of as dumber and more trouble than girls. And that has consequences.

  • The miracle on guns

    A not-so-small miracle is unfolding before our eyes. After nearly two decades in which established opinion insisted that it would never again be possible to pass sensible regulations of firearms, the unthinkable is on the verge of happening.

  • Government Spending Falls Amid Republican Calls For More Cuts

    Republicans and other fiscal conservatives keep insisting on more federal austerity and a smaller government. Without much fanfare or acknowledgement, they've already gotten much of both.

  • Gun Victims Maintain Political Presence (video)

    EJ Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about victims of gun violence confronting legislators at local town hall events and how to attribute the recent steady progress in public opinion and legislative atmosphere by gun safety advocates.

  • Republicans run out the clock

    Here is the most important thing about the battle raging in the capital over $85 billion in automatic spending cuts: Republicans are losing the argument but winning the time war.

  • New Simpson-Bowles plan could revive earlier proposals on fed worker benefits

    The new Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction initiative put forward Tuesday as a potential route out of Washington’s budget thicket could revive several items in the original Simpson-Bowles plan that would have a significant impact on federal employee benefits.

  • Anthony Williams, Alice Rivlin to lead search for new D.C. CFO

    Former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Control Board Chair Alice Rivlin will lead the District's nationwide search for its next chief financial officer, Mayor Vincent Gray announced Tuesday.

  • Former mayor, control board chair to lead search for new DC chief financial officer

    Mayor Vincent Gray announced Tuesday that former mayor Anthony Williams and former U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin will lead a search committee that will recommend candidates for chief financial officer.