| Jul 28, 2014
| 7:57 PM
With days left before the August break, congressional leaders unveiled a $17-billion bipartisan compromise Monday to fix the tattered Department of Veterans Affairs.
The deal includes $10 billion in emergency funds to allow veterans to go to outside...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Improvements in healthcare costs have extended the life of Medicare's main trust fund by four years, the annual report of the Social Security and Medicare trustees said Monday, a further sign of the positive effect of lower medical inflation.
| Jul 1, 2014
| 10:27 AM
Economists should be bound by facts and reason. I simply can't embrace liberal positions on the minimum wage, climate change and gender discrimination, and call myself a scientist. Let's take them one by one:
The minimum wage: The Congressional Budget...
| Jun 9, 2014
| 5:36 PM
When interest rates go down, many people with outstanding loans — house, car, home equity — start looking around at refinancing options. Unless your debt is a student loan, in which case federal law places you in a different category from...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Roadways today are in the worst condition they have been since the 1940s. In our world of advanced technology how could this have happened?
We know that more people are driving every day. Younger Americans frequently have their own car or access to a...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:28 PM
The large subsidies for health insurance that helped fuel the successful drive to sign up approximately 8 million Americans for coverage under the Affordable Care Act are on track to cost billions of dollars this year, a new federal report indicates....
| Jun 19, 2014
| 2:43 PM
Tribune columnist Steve Chapman attacks the cluelessness of Americans on national debt and points out that the U.S. deficit has been falling the past five years.
But a falling deficit still means national debt is heading in the wrong direction, albeit...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 11:15 AM
Seattle this week saw and raised skeptics on the minimum wage, as its City Council unanimously approved a $15 hourly minimum for the lowest-paid workers. The nation's highest minimum wage will kick in over the next seven years, depending on the size of...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 7:48 AM
The new House majority leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, wasted no time this week establishing his bona fides with the right wing of his party. He went on "Fox News Sunday" to declare that he was in favor of shutting down the Export-Import...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 12:30 PM
PARIS -- Billionaire Hungarian-American oligarch George Soros is an extremely concerned humanitarian who can be counted on to put his considerable bank balance where his concerns are. Lately, those concerns have included Ukraine and other former Soviet...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 2:45 PM
President Obama's healthcare law has reduced the number of uninsured adults by between 8 million and 11 million in its first year, according to three new studies, and the vast majority of enrollees report satisfaction with their new health plans.