• Critics Say Ryan's Record Belies Tough Deficit Talk

    Paul Ryan has a reputation as a deficit hawk. Mitt Romney's running mate has proposed budgets that cut non-defense spending significantly, and advocated controlling Medicare costs by making it a voucher program. But critics argue there's a lot in the Wisconsin congressman's record that undermines his deficit-hawk reputation.

  • Week in Politics: Democratic National Convention

    Audie Cornish talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Democratic National Convention.

  • This CEO Desperately Needs Employees with Technical Skills

    Too many students opt out of technical training too early in their career. We need to find ways to make technical training more interesting very early on or we will face the technical talent gap for a long time.

  • Obama's hope and change 2.0

    The man who ran on hope and change didn’t walk away from them. He redefined them for the long haul.

  • Give Joe Biden his due

    Vice President Joe Biden ended up having to play behind Bill Clinton and his speech Thursday won’t get much attention on what is President Obama’s night. But Biden was effective, and at times powerful, speaking as a witness who watched Obama up close. And because of his reputation for saying what’s on his mind, which has often gotten him into trouble, he has a kind of credibility that doesn’t come automatically to those who are always, always on message.

  • Bill Clinton's tutorial on the need for government

    Bill Clinton is typically described as the empathetic, feel-your-pain guy. But his greatest political skill may be as a formulator of arguments — the explainer in chief.

  • Michelle Obama's speech: Both apolitical and politically masterful

    The most devastating attack on Mitt Romney at Tuesday’s Democratic Convention came from Michelle Obama, who did not mention Romney’s name and said not a single cross thing about him.

  • The mood in Charlotte

    The contrast with the Tampa convention was conspicuous. The Republican affair felt so terribly businesslike. Tampa was not nearly as invested in the GOP as Charlotte is in the Democrats.

  • Week in Politics: Republican National Convention

    Melissa Block talks to regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks of The New York Times. They discuss the Republican National Convention.

  • Mitt Romney's Etch a Sketch speech

    Finally, Mitt Romney shook the Etch a Sketch.