| Jan 8, 2014
Happy birthday, "War on Poverty."
Fifty years after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared that war in his Jan. 8, 1964, State of the Union address, it looks like poverty won, if you ignore all of the places where it didn't.
Judging a project as mammoth...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 5:00 AM
You may have missed it, given the launch of the Christmas shopping season and all the foofaraw about the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, but earlier this month Barack Obama gave the most important speech of his presidency.
The topic was the rising...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:56 AM
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is on "Face the Nation" this morning to discuss his views on the war on poverty, but his thoughts about former Defense Secretary Bob Gates' memoir, "Duty," may produce more headlines.
"My preference would be that people would...
| Jan 12, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Fifty years ago Wednesday, President Lyndon B. Johnson delivered what may have been the last genuinely uplifting State of the Union speech we've had.
"This administration, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America," he said. "We...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 9:32 PM
Friday's print column From the request line: "A column on the collapse (or not) of the liberal/progressive narrative in light of the Obamacare debacle." Don't get me wrong, I'm not hard up for column ideas. But they're all my ideas,......
| Jan 14, 2014
| 6:57 PM
WASHINGTON — A $1-trillion spending bill was headed for swift approval in the House by Wednesday, but legislation to extend unemployment insurance stalled in the Senate amid partisan bickering, dashing hopes for a quick deal to resume jobless...
| Jan 15, 2014
| 8:07 PM
WASHINGTON — Partisan lawmakers feuding over the proper size of government reached a temporary truce Wednesday as the House easily approved a $1-trillion spending bill aimed at averting another federal shutdown.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 5:50 PM
In 2014, the state must turn its attention to poverty. In both human and economic terms, it's gotten too expensive.
Nearly 50 years ago, on Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the bold initiative that would become known as the War on...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:30 AM
It's charity time, and not just because the holiday season reminds us to be charitable. As the tax year draws to a close, the charitable tax deduction beckons.
America's wealthy are its largest beneficiaries. According to the Congressional Budget Office,...
| 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...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:07 PM
It happens every time: Republicans and Democrats get into a standoff over the federal budget, and their best plan for wriggling out of it is to nickel-and-dime people on Social Security and Medicare.
The worst zombie in this package, a terrible idea...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 5:15 PM
WASHINGTON — The latest federal budget showdown has quickly set the stage for the next one, as Republicans and Democrats have just three months to craft a new agreement to avoid another shutdown crisis.
This time, though, the parties come to the...