• Our Divided Political Heart (video)

    E.J. Dionne talked about his new book, Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent, and he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.

  • Fiscal cliff: Another Shot at a Grand Bargain?

    Congress is addicted to short-term fixes. Whether it’s a yearlong budget or long-term deficit reduction, lawmakers have limped from one stopgap measure to another. But some politicians and budget experts are holding out hope that the looming threat of the fiscal cliff will give them another shot at passing long-term reform: They hope the January 1 deadline will not only force Congress’s hand on the Bush tax cuts and the sequester, but also pave the way for a sweeping overhaul of both taxes and entitlements.

  • More than 7 in 10 US teens jobless in summer

    Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing. Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August.

  • Levin: Mitt Romney's stance on GM, Chrysler rescue would've cost Michigan 1 million jobs

    President Barack Obama's campaign for re-election kicked off a Michigan Road to Recovery tour Monday with U.S. Sen. Carl Levin telling reporters on a conference call that the administration's economic policies saved a million jobs in Michigan that would have been lost if Mitt Romney was in the Oval Office.

  • Government is the solution

    Why don’t Democrats just say it? They really believe in active government and think it does good and valuable things. One of those valuable things is that government creates jobs — yes, really — and also the conditions under which more jobs can be created.

  • What happens after the health law ruling?

    Since President Obama's health care law passed in 2010, the federal government, states, insurers, doctors and hospitals have been building a complex scaffolding to extend insurance to 30 million more Americans. The question is: Will the structure be completed, or dismantled?

  • What's going on with the economy? (video)
  • Are certificates the future of higher education?

    Certificates, not degrees, are the future of higher education, a Georgetown researcher contends in a new study.

  • Wisconsin's dangerous result

    The left will make a big mistake if it ignores the lessons of the failed recall in Wisconsin of Gov. Scott Walker (R). The right will make an even bigger error if it allows the Wisconsin results to feed its inclination toward winner-take-all politics.

  • Study examines vocational certificates' big rewards

    Good news for new high school graduates who don't think college-level algebra or freshman English is their thing. A study released Wednesday finds that certificates awarded through short-term vocational training programs can reap a bigger payoff than a bachelor's degree.