• Regional Insights: Do benefits outweigh cots of college?

    A new crop of college graduates will be entering the job market this summer, and they'll have to confront one of the slowest-growing economies in history. Most of them will have tens of thousands of dollars in debt hanging over them during their job search.

  • Policy strategies to prevent unintended pregnancy (video)

    Almost half of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended and the women and children involved in these pregnancies are disproportionately likely to experience a range of negative outcomes.

  • In an Academic-Testing Frenzy, Who Really Scores the Highest?

    In May, the Florida Department of Education released preliminary scores on a new writing test administered to 4th graders in the state. Only 27% received a passing score. Parents were furious and state educators scrambled to reevaluate the grading on the standardized test, called the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT.

  • Why student aid is NOT driving up college costs

    Support for higher education has never been more important to the nation’s economic future than today. According to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, by 2018, 63 percent of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education.

  • Can the U.S. Produce Good Jobs and Good Workers to Fill Them?

    As we struggle to recover from the "Great Recession," the quantity of jobs being generated in the U.S. remains our paramount concern, and we stay focused on the national unemployment rate that the Department of Labor announces each month.

  • Democrats roll out new attack on Romney's record (video)
  • Wisconsin reaches for the last resort

    Recalls and impeachments are a remedy of last resort. Most of the time, voters who don’t like an incumbent choose to live with the offending politician until the next election, on the sensible theory that fixed terms of office and regular elections are adequate checks on abuses of power and extreme policies.

  • Insurance exchange success could hinge on interoperability

    Information technology represents a sizeable obstacle to the implementation of the health insurance exchanges required under healthcare reform, and could ultimately prove to be the undoing of such efforts, Politico reports this week.

  • IT could end up being health reform’s highest hurdle

    States are making a major push to upgrade their Medicaid enrollment systems, thanks in part to funding provided by the stimulus bill. But a January study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that only one state, Oklahoma, had a fully automated Medicaid enrollment system that could process applications in real time. And the state is fighting the health reform law.

  • David Brooks and our Hamilton argument

    David Brooks, my NPR sparring partner, offered a kind mention of my new book, “Our Divided Political Heart,” in his column today — “engrossing,” he called it — and he both agreed and disagreed with me, which I suppose is a habit for us.