| Dec 20, 2013
"Whenever a fellow tells me he is bipartisan," said Harry Truman, "I know he is going to vote against me." The hosannas to bipartisanship accompanying the budget deal passed this week should have served as fair warning to the rest of us that we lost...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 8:22 PM
SACRAMENTO — Former U.S. Treasury official Neel Kashkari announced Tuesday that he is running for governor, arguing that the status quo is failing millions of Californians and staking his campaign on his ability to create jobs and improve public...
| Dec 25, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Wrapping up the year in one column is tough, but let's give it a try. Although the financial industry likes to think that the center of the universe is located somewhere between lower Manhattan and the hedge fund enclave of Greenwich, CT, most of 2013 was...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 2:56 PM
TALLAHASSEE — Floridians may want to brace themselves gastronomically for a factually overcooked 2014 gubernatorial fight centered on the trajectory of the economy. So here's a double dose of antacid. Gov. Rick Scott's campaign, the Republican Party...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 2:11 PM
It’s great to be back in the saddle, except that at this time of year most of the people who make news are on vacation. There’s no fiscal cliff, no sequester, no outrageous comments from tea party politicians to ridicule. Even Fox News...
| Dec 31, 2013
| 5:34 PM
WASHINGTON — A 6-year-old tax break for struggling homeowners who won reductions in their mortgages has expired, alarming housing advocates and lawmakers who said it still was needed despite the real estate market rebound.
Enacted by Congress in...
| Jan 1, 2014
2013 was the best year for the stock market since 1997 and a reminder of the sweet time at the end of the 1990s when 30 percent annual gains seemed easy and regular Americans presumed themselves expert investors.
But while the average stock mutual...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 12:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, a moderate Republican from southeastern Pennsylvania, announced Monday that he will retire this year, the latest in a string of congressional Republicans not seeking reelection in 2014.
Gerlach, who has served six...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 9:27 PM
WASHINGTON — With his popularity flagging and his healthcare law at risk, President Obama has uncharacteristically reached outside his tightknit core of advisors to bring into the White House a veteran Democratic strategist who helped guide...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 3:52 PM
U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, D-Newport News, released this statement shortly after the House voted to approve the budget compromise:
"This budget agreement is another predictable consequence of the fundamental principles of arithmetic after...
| Dec 15, 2013
The unusual display of reasonable behavior by House Republicans this week should be seen as a retreat — a change in tactics — but not a surrender. Democrats had better note the distinction.
Sooner or later, it had to dawn on the GOP that...