• 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.

  • There's a Sleeper in the Reform Law That Could Transform U.S. Health Care

    When members of Congress who led the effort to overhaul the U.S. health care system saw the public option slipping away, some of them suggested that a viable alternative would be the fostering of nonprofit health insurance CO-OPs (Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans) throughout the country.

  • 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.

  • Romney Auditions Rubio for VP slot

    Florida Senator Marco Rubio joined Mitt Romney at a town hall in Pennsylvania today where Rubio called rich people like Romney a "source of inspiration." MSNBC’s Lawrence O'Donnell discusses Rubio's VP chances with the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne and the Tampa Bay Times' Adam Smith.

  • I Vs. We: The 'Heart' Of Our Political Differences

    For years now, the Tea Party has held individualism up as the great American value. But Washington Post columnist and Georgetown University professor E.J. Dionne Jr. says that while Americans have always prized individualism, they've prized community just as much.

  • Did the Catholic organizations have to sue over the health care mandate?

    The federal lawsuits filed Monday by Catholic institutions against the contraception mandate under the health care law are not surprising, but they are unfortunate.

  • A choice of capitalisms

    In this election, we’re not having an argument that pits capitalism against socialism. We are trying to decide what kind of capitalism we want. It is a debate as American as Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson and Henry Clay — which is to say that we have always done this.

  • Economist Alice Rivlin to CSUMB grads: Don't let paralysis in D.C. drag you down

    On the same day renowned economist Alice Rivlin delivered a commencement speech that blended optimism and bleak realism, graduates of CSU Monterey Bay mostly exuded confidence that their educations will help them succeed as freshly minted members of the nation's workforce.