• Obama embraces the audacity of freedom

    President Obama is a freer man than he has been at any point in his presidency. He is free from the need to save an economy close to collapse, from illusions that Republicans in Congress would work with him readily, from the threat of a rising tea party movement and from the need to win reelection.

  • The urgency of growth

    If you care about deficits, you should want our economy to grow faster. If you care about lifting up the poor and reducing unemployment, you should want our economy to grow faster. And if you are a committed capitalist and hope to make more money, you should want our economy to grow faster.

  • Hardball with Chris Matthews (video)

    The Washington Post's Melina Henneberger and E.J. Dionne join Hardball to discuss Pope Benedict XVI's abdication, and the politics of picking the next pope.

  • Nothing self-made about me

    I disagreed with former president George W. Bush on many things. But on one issue, I admired him greatly: He was wise enough to marry a teacher and a librarian. I’m unabashedly biased about this, since my late mom was also a teacher and a librarian.

  • Pope Benedict's legacy is one of paradox

    Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation is in character in several ways. As an institutionalist who believes in the Roman Catholic Church as the carrier of truth in a sinful world, he would worry a great deal about the impact of his own infirmities on the institution’s capacity to thrive.

  • Three More Members Named to Long-Term Care Commission

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that she’s appointed three members to a long-term care commission established as part of the fiscal cliff deal hatched in December.

  • Are Republicans rebranding or rethinking?

    If Republicans really do start asking better questions, they will come up with better — and less extreme — answers.

  • GOP tries to hide extremist base with a 'rebranding' (video)

    EJ Dionne, columnist for the Washington Post, talks with Rachel Maddow about Eric Cantor's 4th attempt in two years to rebrand the Republican Party in the hopes that American voters will ignore the radical extremists who make up the party's base, and whether this rebranding signals a shift in the national political debate.

  • Millennial Unemployment In January 2013 Rose Much Faster Than National Rate

    According to a study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, the unemployment rate of recent college graduates was 6.8 percent 2012 -- well below the national rate, as well as the rate for all millennials.

  • From Obama, an olive branch to the Catholic Church on contraception coverage

    A little more than a year ago, the Obama administration set off a bitter and unnecessary clash with the Roman Catholic Church over rules mandating broad contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement of new regulations is a clear statement that President Obama never wanted this fight.