• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Study: Health-Care Act Will Force Insurance on 7.3 Million

    Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the government's right to require virtually all Americans to have health insurance or face a fine, what might it cost you to forgo coverage when health care reform's so-called individual mandate kicks in Jan. 1, 2014?

  • 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.

  • Former Auto Advisor: ‘Obama’s Decision To Support Auto Industry Saved Our Jobs’

    Independent economists estimated that more than a million jobs would have been lost in our economy had GM and Chrysler failed. So keeping the auto industry not only around, but strong, was vital not only to people who held a United Auto Workers union card, but also to the greater community.

  • Elitism, Equality and MOOCs

    From a global perspective, the most distinctive characteristic of American higher education is its heterogeneity. While higher education in almost every other country is public and fairly homogeneous across institutions, private institutions are much more widely represented in the U.S., and among public colleges and universities, a high degree of heterogeneity has been tolerated.

  • In defense of Juan Williams (and Chris Matthews)

    The Romney folks will work the refs right through the end of this campaign. Today, their target is Juan Williams of Fox News.