• Can Obama Win Back the Youth Vote?

    In 2008, young people in America -- including many who voted in their first presidential election -- rallied behind a youthful senator from Illinois campaigning on the promise of change and hope. Now the incumbent in the White House, Barack Obama faces a difficult challenge in recapturing the youth vote for his reelection.

  • The Colorado shooting and the gag rule on guns

    For all the dysfunction in our political system, a healthy pattern usually takes hold when a terrible tragedy seizes the nation’s attention. Normally, we engage in a searching conversation over what rational steps can be taken by individuals, communities and various levels of government to make the recurrence of a comparable tragedy less likely.

  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (video)

    Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne thinks Americans have always been torn by deep tension between individualism and a love of community.

  • State Budget Crisis: Alice Rivlin Stresses Need For Intergovernmental Relations

    Increased communication between the federal government and states is being emphasized as one of the ways to solve the budget crisis threatening state governments.

  • Enjoy taking care of others? The health care industry needs you

    Currently, health care jobs make up about 8% of the workforce in South Carolina. According to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, in fewer than ten years that number is expected to grow 30%.

  • A Challenge to Conservatives

    It’s good that conservatives are finally taking seriously the problems of inequality and declining upward mobility. It’s unfortunate that they often evade the ways in which structural changes in the economy, combined with conservative policies, have made matters worse.

  • Architecture Grads Enter the World of Unemployment

    In a recent study undertaken by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce in the US, it was found that graduates with a bachelor’s degree in the arts, humanities and architecture were significantly less likely to find employment.

  • Misdiagnosing Romney's campaign

    Could it be that Mitt Romney is correct from a strategic point of view to tell us little about what he’d do as president?

  • Can Obama isolate the congressional GOP?

    One of the problems facing President Obama has been to make clear that the popular things he wants to do are being blocked by Republicans in Congress. If voters think that “Washington” or “the political system” is broken, they are as likely to blame inaction on Obama as on the Republicans. Obama, after all, is president.

  • One benefit from expanded Medicaid: savings from more available contraception

    The government’s role in family planning has been a bone of political contention in recent years, and the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act marks a significant moment in this debate.