| Oct 8, 2013
For all the acrimony in Washington over Obamacare, there's an intriguing consensus around one issue: the ratchet effect. Neither side uses the term, but both the right and left treat it as an article of faith.
The term was coined by the libertarian...
| Jan 5, 2014
California is home to both Silicon Valley and Hollywood, two of the world's greatest wealth-producing engines, and much of the state enjoys tremendous affluence. By some estimates, my own town of Palo Alto has the world's highest per capita...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 5:11 PM
He might have become a doctor like his father, but a grad school (Harvard) summer job researching health policy changed all that. Now as the head of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drew Altman deals not with lab numbers for a few patients but with...
| Nov 24, 2013
In June 2009, democracy, human rights and the rule of law were shattered in Honduras. Democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya was flown out of the country at gunpoint, and, in the days and months that followed, pro-democracy demonstrations were...
| Jan 8, 2014
Jan. 8 marks the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America's War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 10:17 AM
We will try not to judge too harshly those on the Baltimore City Council who are supporting a crackdown on panhandling — just as they should not judge too harshly those who are doing the panhandling. A poverty of ideas is just another form of...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 5:08 PM
Whether you're a New Jersey mall rat or a farmer in India, being poor can sap your smarts. In fact, the mental energy required to make do with scarce resources taxes the brain so much that it can perpetuate the cycle of poverty, new research shows....
| Oct 29, 2013
| 4:34 PM
NEW DELHI — If you've imagined yourself rolling in dough, you might think twice before acting on that dream, at least if you're an Indian politician.
Samar Acharjee, an official with India's Communist Party in the northeastern state of Tripura,...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 2:30 AM
Does anybody remember the Contract with America besides historians?
More of us should. Especially politicians, reformers and the increasing number of Americans dissatisfied with where the country seems to be headed -- in a handbasket.
A lot of Americans...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 12:36 PM
As the federal insurance website healthcare.gov puts its birth pangs behind it, critics of the Affordable Care Act may well need another attack point. One is already emerging: It's an assault on Medicaid, the federal-state health program that's a linchpin...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 9:37 AM
Is it possible for a major news organization to produce a story about the Social Security disability program without interviewing a single disabled person or disability advocate?
That's the experiment "60 Minutes" conducted Sunday. The result was...