| 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 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...
| Jun 10, 2014
| 11:16 AM
If you had an idea that you wanted to push through Congress, would you hitch it to a controversial tax proposal that had no chance of becoming law?
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants the federal government to make it easier for people with student...
| May 27, 2014
| 5:17 PM
Washington politicos want to know which way popular winds are blowing so they can set their sails accordingly. Rarely, though, are they as explicit as President Obama in citing public opinion as a justification for policy. When pressed to defend his...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 3:26 PM
New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait is usually a judicious and perceptive analyst of the intersection between politics and economics. So it's disappointing to see him blindly falling in step with a conservative attack on Social Security.
Chait's error is...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 6:28 PM
THE RACE: Pennsylvania governor.
THE CANDIDATES: Incumbent Republican Tom Corbett and Democratic candidate Tom Wolf.
THE AD: "More and Less," a 30-second Corbett television commercial in which an actress accuses Wolf of threatening to raise the income...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 7:35 PM
— Before Congress hit the road for a five-week summer break, lawmakers checked one item off their to-do list: saving the federal Highway Trust Fund from running out of money within days.
But that nearly $11 billion fix only pays for road and bridge...
| Aug 6, 2014
| 4:58 PM
When it passed legislation to fix the troubled Veterans Affairs Department, Congress managed to do two things lawmakers have often vowed to avoid: create a new benefit program and fail to pay for it.
The $16.3-billion measure, which President Obama...
| Aug 10, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Amanda Greene relies on lidocaine patches to help manage the chronic pain that her Lupus causes.
The anesthetic is available as a generic drug, typically sold at a substantially lower price. But this year, the 47-year-old Culver City resident says she's...
| Aug 9, 2014
| 9:00 PM
Let Ex-Im Bank expire
A Front Burner column on Friday from the Florida Chamber of Commerce asserted that the Export-Import Bank is necessary for the success of Florida's flourishing export industry ("Financing helps Fla. firms keep up with foreign...
| Aug 11, 2014
We all know how Washington crises usually unfold. A problem erupts. Politicians trample each other to express outrage and allocate blame. Scapegoats are sacrificed, legislation emerges and money gets appropriated. And then the issue fades from view....