• 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.

  • Get Rid of the Debt Ceiling: Alice Rivlin

    "Get rid of the debt ceiling," she says. "It's a totally artificial thing. When you vote for spending and you vote for revenues there's an implicit debt number there, but it shouldn't be used as a hammer over the head of the president or anybody else…..the debt ceiling has nothing to do with the rising debt."

  • Higher Levels of Education Now Required for Many Jobs

    Further proving the importance of continuing one's education beyond high school are the findings of a 2010 report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, which revealed that by 2018, 23% of the workforce will be required to hold a bachelor's degree.

  • Ph.D.'s From Top Political-Science Programs Dominate Hiring, Research Finds

    For Ph.D. students in political science who have complained that graduates of top-ranked programs get all the job offers, new research on hiring practices in the field won't make them feel any better.

  • Fiscal SWAT Team to the Rescue with New Debt Plan

    Former Republican Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete V. Domenici and former Clinton administration Budget Director Alice Rivlin, co-chairs of a Bipartisan Policy Center debt reduction task force, issued a 2.0 version of their plan that attempts to thread the needle between what they say is the short-term need for more economic stimulus and concern for slowing the growth of the $16.2 trillion national debt.

  • Which Degrees Offer the Best Return on Investment?

    With the average cost of a bachelor's degree now running about $68,500 at State U. and $154,300 at a private college, one might well wonder if the investment is worthwhile. In short, it is. But the return very much depends on your major.