• Some Christmas inspirations

    There is much dispute and dialogue among scholars over what to make of the Christmas narratives in the scriptures and the connection between what was written and what we can know about what happened.

  • It's our system on the cliff

    The only way we will avoid a constitutional crackup is for a new, bipartisan majority to take effective control of the House and isolate those who would rather see the country fall into chaos than vote for anything that might offend their ideological sensibilities.

  • Education and Business: Ideas for a Brighter Future

    If we used the same metrics in education that we do in business, the U.S. system would get an F when it comes to ROI. At $1.3 trillion a year, America is spending more on education than any country in the world -- yet we rank 25th in math, 17th in science and 14th in reading. Something doesn't add up.

  • Don't forget Newtown's kids

    The gun lobby and the weapons merchants are counting on our notoriously short national attention span.

  • Now is the time for meaningful gun control

    The horror in Newtown, Conn., should shake us out of the cowardice, the fear, the evasion and the opportunism that prevents our political system from acting to curb gun violence.

  • The Age of Reason (Audio)

    Dr Alice Rivlin is an economist who has seen every boom and bust since World War II. Now aged 81 she is one of President Obama's advisors on debt. It's her job to come up with solutions to America's financial crisis. She speaks to Jenni Murray about the challenges of being female and wanting to be an economist – rejected from some universities, and even forbidden from taking out library books because she was female.

  • D.C. health exchange names Mila Kofman as new chief

    The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange has appointed a Georgetown professor and Maine's former top insurance regulator to become its executive director, the board announced Wednesday.

  • Which path for the right?

    I try to be hopeful about things. I long for a time when people on the left and the right might exchange opinions without assuming the very worst of each other. I don’t view conservatism as a form of psychosis and would like conservatives to harbor the same attitude toward progressivism. Happy warriors are better than grim antagonists.

  • An insurer decides it overpaid for a surgery, bills the patient for more than $9,000

    It’s been more than three years since Lisa Dowden had gastric bypass surgery. As the operation has receded into her medical history, however, her insurer has renewed its interest.

  • Taking Alice Rivlin's advice, White House falls silent

    Last Monday, Rivlin — a former budget director — said passing up the TV interviews was key to leaders getting a fiscal cliff deal. "They need to get off the Sunday shows," she declared at a briefing for reporters. Former Sens. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) and Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) offered similar advice.