| Sep 8, 2014
| 5:02 AM
There's just one problem with the push to drive less, buy an electric car, commute by public transit or ride bikes: People are doing it.
"I feel so much better," said Scott Sanderson, who ditched his car years ago in favor of pedaling his bike to Willis...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 3:16 PM
It was widely noticed two weeks ago that the Standard & Poor's 500 index, the most important stock market indicator, hit a milestone by crossing 2,000 for the first time.
It was somewhat less widely noticed that on that day, you would have notched a...
| Feb 3, 2014
| 12:53 PM
Evidently fed up with accusations that their "repeal and replace" plan for Obamacare has consisted of a whole lot of "repeal" and not even a tiny bit of "replace," Senate Republicans last week unveiled an actual, detailed healthcare reform proposal.
| Mar 12, 2014
| 7:15 AM
WASHINGTON — Most Americans support increasing the federal minimum wage, a top priority of President Obama, but not if it would cost the economy jobs, according to a new national poll.
About 69% of respondents in the Bloomberg National Poll said...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 2:46 PM
Via Jonathan Cohn and Kevin Drum, it transpires that the House GOP majority is crafting a new healthcare "reform" program to substitute for the Affordable Care Act. It should surprise no one that the new plan incorporates two provisions that have been...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:42 PM
As a bipartisan agency, the Congressional Budget Office has to tread lightly when it tells any of its clients on Capitol Hill that they're full of it. So the agency's remarks Monday about the employment impact of the Affordable Care Act is remarkable...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 10:16 AM
The Congressional Budget Office is out with its latest report on the Affordable Care Act, and here are a few bottom lines:
— The ACA is cheaper than it expected.
— It will "markedly increase" the number of Americans with health insurance....
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep. Paul Ryan's lightning-rod proposals to slash the federal safety net, beef up military spending and reduce taxes for the wealthy in a budget unveiled Tuesday -- an election-year calling card that Democrats...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 5:14 PM
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski will introduce an emergency spending bill on Wednesday to deal with the flow of minors crossing the border that slashes $1 billion from President Barack Obama's original request but that does not include provisions...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 9:24 AM
The government's long-term spending on healthcare is projected to decline slightly in the next 25 years, but the rising federal debt load remains on an unsustainable trajectory, the CBO said Tuesday in its annual budget outlook.
The long-term fiscal...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Gas prices in Chicago are among the nation’s highest. In the July 12 editorial “Why is the EPA stalling on ethanol?” the Chicago Tribune adopted the oil industry’s talking points in criticizing Illinois’ own homegrown...