| Sep 22, 2013
Amid the gaudy Broadway show signs in Times Square, one stark nine-story billboard stands out in bold black-white-and-red lettering: "WARNING: Obamacare may be hazardous to your health."
Disinformation about Obamacare can be hazardous to your health...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:22 PM
WASHINGTON — Outside the capital the prospect might seem unthinkable, but inside it seems increasingly likely, and to some inevitable: In less than two weeks, the federal government, from the Agriculture Department to the Weather Service, may shut...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 11:34 AM
For the fourth consecutive year, lawmakers have failed to pass any of the 12 annual spending bills that fund the federal government and so must pass a stopgap measure (called a continuing resolution, or CR) to keep Washington's lights on past Sept. 30....
| Jun 27, 2013
I don't know how Democrats do it.
The immigration reform proposal wending its way through the Senate is tearing the Republican Party to pieces. Poor Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., once the golden boy of the tea party and the conservative movement, is being...
| Jul 14, 2013
WASHINGTON — Self-delusion is a sad spectacle. Watching Republicans convince themselves that killing immigration reform actually helps the GOP is excruciating, and I wish somebody would make it stop.
House Speaker John Boehner's unruly caucus...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 9:28 PM
It's a very rare thing for a legislator to admit that a law he sponsored hasn't worked out as expected. It's even rarer for him to label it "oppressive" and call for its revision.
But that's the case with former California Assemblyman Barry Keene and...
| Jul 4, 2013
| 10:44 AM
The Food and Drug Administration's plans to streamline the approval process for "breakthrough" drugs that treat life-threatening diseases is great news for patients and has enormous potential for our pharmaceutical industry, already in the midst of an...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 10:40 AM
WASHINGTON – A proposal to extend lower interest rates for some federal student loans failed for the second time in the Senate on Wednesday, putting new pressure on Democrats to reach a compromise on the issue.
A unanimous bloc of Republicans,...
| Jul 10, 2013
| 2:31 PM
It comes as no surprise that a deadlocked Congress missed the July 1 deadline to pass a bill that would have kept the interest rates on federally subsidized Stafford student loans from doubling from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, as required in 2007...
| Jun 25, 2013
| 11:02 AM
Presidential second terms tend to be disasters, but, to paraphrase Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, each is disastrous in its own way.
The big domestic initiative of George W. Bush's second term was Social Security privatization. Politically, it was a...
| Aug 16, 2013
| 2:29 PM
College students this year will get relief on federal student loans.
Interest charges will be lower than planned a few months ago, and lower than many students and their parents have been paying the last few years.
So enjoy, because this is a one-time...