• States' rights, no; corporate rights, yes

    The corporate conservative majority on the Supreme Court was at it again on Monday. By its customary 5 to 4 vote, the court threw out a Montana law that had been on the books since 1912, banning corporate spending on elections.

  • Rivlin, Domenici Urge Tax-Cut Extension, Then Overhaul

    Two longtime leaders on federal budget issues suggested that current tax levels should be extended past 2012, but only as part of a process that nudges Congress to overhaul a range of tax and other fiscal policies next year.

  • Rethinking the Relationship Between Work and School

    In recent weeks, fresh-faced college students across America have donned caps and gowns and filed toward their future to the strains of "Pomp and Circumstance," proud parents beaming in the background. No turning back now.

  • Obama: Keep the Change
  • Sad summer in the city seen for U.S. job-hunting teens

    Job-hunting teenagers in cities across the United States face the third bleak summer in a row.

  • STEM Education Is the Key to the U.S.'s Economic Future

    A close look at American unemployment statistics reveals a contradiction: Even with unemployment at historically high levels, large numbers of jobs are going unfilled.

  • Working Hypothesis: STEM Jobs Need Better Branding
  • 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.