Washington Post Writers Group
November 18, 2014
We Americans are increasingly given to political escapism. Regardless of our place on the political spectrum — Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative — we prefer self-serving fictions to messy realities. We avoid unpopular choices by hiding behind ideological platitudes. This defines Washington's political paralysis and polarization. The question posed by the midterm election is whether the parties want to break it.
November 10, 2014
The Federal Reserve has ended its roughly $3.7 trillion program of bond buying, leaving in its wake hard questions Did it strengthen the economic recovery? If so, by how much? What are the long-run effects? Should it be used again? We don't have good answers.