| Feb 4, 2015
| 4:47 AM
In 2013, when they committed Illinois to a big expansion of Medicaid coverage, Democratic lawmakers soothed taxpayers with a relentless talking point: Don't worry. The feds will pay for most of this. What could go wrong?
On Tuesday the Tribune's Ellen...
| Feb 5, 2015
| 6:30 AM
It wasn't so long ago that American corporate CEOs were professing their devotion to Ayn Rand's potboiler "Atlas Shrugged" as though it were a badge of unsentimental industrial muscularity.
They handed out the book to their junior executives, told...
| Feb 2, 2015
When President Barack Obama releases his budget Monday, the words "dead on arrival" will be widely incanted because they are part of a quasi-religious Beltway ritual.
This year, those words will be misleading.
No one expects Obama's budget to be...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 5:00 AM
The most radical and surprising development in Washington policymaking today is the use of scientific research to determine what does or doesn't work in government spending.
Basing spending on rigorous evaluation of a program's results may seem self-...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 2:32 PM
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| Jan 30, 2015
| 11:13 AM
After aggravating Republicans with a defiant State of the Union address, President Barack Obama announced that he's eager to work with the GOP — "to get to yes," as he put it.
"The answer can't just be 'no,''' he told a group of students in...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 6:12 PM
President Barack Obama revived his call Thursday for an end to deep cuts in federal spending, an appeal that fell squarely in the divide between Republicans in Congress who want to rein in costs and those who want to boost the Pentagon's budget.
| Jan 11, 2015
| 1:48 PM
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took his orange sweater to Lambeau Field on Sunday to cheer his beloved Dallas Cowboys. But it did not go the governor's way with Green Bay winning 26-21.
Fellow Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, clad in...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Does anyone other than liberals really care about prison reform?
Floridians who are unfamiliar with the issue might assume the answer is no. And they would be dead wrong.
Billionaire Charles Koch is considered Public Enemy No. 1 among many liberals...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 6:19 PM
This early stretch of presidential campaigns used to be known as the invisible primary. The action — would-be candidates drawing up strategies, courting donors and recruiting aides — occurred beyond the sight of ordinary voters.
Only it's not...
| Jan 17, 2015
| 6:20 PM
Mitt Romney stepped back into the political arena Friday night, reborn as a prospective presidential candidate with a message almost as surprising as his apparent desire to run again for the White House.
From the man pilloried for describing 47...