| Mar 28, 2014
| 9:38 AM
Let's acknowledge at the top that Abby Huntsman, one of the four anchors of MSNBC's youth-oriented news show "The Cycle," has taken on an ambitious task for herself: She's been trying to discuss U.S. fiscal policy, which is chock full of complicated...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 6:56 PM
WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act has passed its first big test, but the law's distribution of winners and losers all but guarantees the achievement will not quiet its political opposition.
White House officials, who had a near-death experience...
| Mar 31, 2014
| 10:36 AM
Against all odds and expectations, enrollments in health plans qualified under the Affordable Care Act are surging Monday toward -- and maybe beyond -- the 7-million figure projected by the Congressional Budget Office before Oct. 1, when the open-...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 10:42 AM
A top election-year proposal from Democrats -- a bid to raise the federal minimum wage -- was rejected by Republicans in the Senate, who blocked legislation Wednesday to boost the rate to $10.10 an hour.
President Obama has turned the plight of the...
| Mar 7, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Here's how a heartwarming nonpolitical story about the relationship between a harried executive and a homeless child gets transformed into a frosty political attack on anti-poverty school lunches for children. Your host: Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc....
| Mar 17, 2014
After two weeks of detailing the arguments for and against raising the federal minimum wage — interviewing economists and policy experts, poring over a flood of emails from workers and business owners, reading scads of papers pro and con — I'...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 5:36 PM
With all the confusion and obfuscation surrounding the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, it would be easy to overlook the fast-approaching deadline to sign up for health insurance.
The individual mandate — the requirement that all legal U.S....
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:31 PM
WASHINGTON — Looking beyond the deficit battles and financial crises of years past, President Obama put forward a $3.9-trillion budget proposal Tuesday that set out a wish list of programs on education, infrastructure, job training and urban...
| Mar 10, 2014
Remember, folks, last week's column focused on those who favor raising the federal minimum wage. This column looks at those opposed. Don't accuse me of being one-sided — I'm just keeping the two sides separated, so they don't get in a fight.
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:11 PM
Here's a rundown of the latest metrics on the Affordable Care Act.
-- The percentage of uninsured Americans is falling sharply, reaching 15.9% as of the end of February, according to Gallup. That's the lowest rate the survey firm has measured since...
| Mar 17, 2014
Editor's note: Readers had lots to say about the idea of increasing the federal minimum wage. What follows is a selection of some of the letters Tribune columnist Rex Huppke received. Letters have been edited for length and clarity.