• Hiding the church's treasure

    Politics divides Catholics. The works of mercy bring us together and also show the world what the power of faith can achieve.

  • The New Greatest Generation

    For nearly a decade I have had the privilege of teaching veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, though they have taught me more.

  • Medicare expansion could save state $100M

    According to a new report released by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute, Florida could expand its Medicaid program by between 800,000 and 1.3 million lives without incurring any additional costs.

  • Obama and the end of decline

    Conservatives and liberals will still be battling each other in 2016. But if the arguments take place in a more confident and optimistic country, they will be simultaneously more constructive and a good deal less nasty. Obama’s task is to get us there.

  • DC Bureau: Rivlin Talks Fiscal Cliff (Video)

    Alice Rivlin, a former director of the Office of Management and Budget and director of the Congressional Budget Office, says a temporary deal to raise taxes on those earning $250,000 or more could lay the groundwork for an overhaul of the U.S. tax code.

  • State unemployment report mixed

    Since 2000, the percentage of the U.S. population that’s working or seeking work has been shrinking. It last peaked at 67.3 percent in early 2000.

  • 8 Years from Today: When the Uneducated Become the Unemployed

    According to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, levels of education are a major factor in employment. In 2011, unemployment was 3.8 percent higher for those with just a high school diploma compared to those with at least a bachelor's degree -- only 5.3 percent of whom were unemployed. And for those who do not graduate high school the jobless rate was an astounding 19 percent.

  • How the right wing lost in 2012

    If conservatism were winning, does anyone doubt that Romney would be running as a conservative? Yet unlike Ronald Reagan and Barry Goldwater, Romney is offering an echo, not a choice. His strategy at the end is to try to sneak into the White House on a chorus of me-too’s.

  • As many insurers drop child-only policies, states try to intervene

    One of the first provisions of the Affordable Care Act to take effect prohibited insurers from turning down children younger than 19 on the grounds that they had a preexisting medical condition. The provision was supposed to make coverage more accessible to vulnerable kids whose families were trying to buy coverage on the individual market. Instead, it had the opposite effect: Insurers in many states stopped selling child-only policies.

  • Obama's not-so-hidden second-term agenda

    Some of us would like him to be much bolder in addressing income inequality, the huge roadblocks to upward mobility, and the persistence of poverty. But is there an Obama second-term agenda? Yes, there is.