| Apr 17, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Americans should not be deterred from working to improve our health care system despite difficulties with implementing the websites of the health insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Our resolve for improved health care should...
| Apr 11, 2014
| 10:30 AM
The marvel of Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, which the House of Representatives approved this week, is that for a piece of legislation that's essentially dead on arrival in the Senate, it's going to live on as a political document from now until November....
| Apr 7, 2014
| 8:00 AM
Forty years ago, Congress enacted sweeping limits on political campaign spending in the wake of a shocking disclosure that one man — Chicago insurance executive W. Clement Stone — had given more than $3 million for the 1972 reelection of...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 9:14 AM
Is Martin O'Malley running for president in 2016? Should he?
The answer to both questions seems the same: Sort of.
Maryland's governor will finish his second term in January, the same week he turns 52. After serving as Baltimore mayor and Maryland...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 1:26 PM
Learning more about the causes of injury and death and recommending policies that might lengthen people's lives has long been the mission of the public health community. Under those circumstances, it's hardly surprising that those in the field are...
| Mar 8, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Remember when former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that Russia was our number one "geopolitical foe" in the world, and that it was bent on expanding its dominance?
He was mocked by President Obama and MSNBC. But now it looks like he was...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Class, here's a pop quiz on Washington's view of economics. Who gave the following unsolicited endorsements of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the refundable federal tax credit for low and moderate income workers?
The program gives "families flexibility...
| Feb 10, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Even his supporters must have gotten a chuckle out of House Speaker John Boehner's declaration that immigration reform is in its death throes in his chamber because President Barack Obama can't be trusted to enforce whatever law they pass. As a bit of...
| Jan 27, 2014
| 11:54 AM
Documentaries were supposed to be a dying genre -- and living proof that we were becoming dumber as a nation.
Reality TV is cheaper and easier to make. And who has time for lengthy, in-depth explorations of anything any more in the age of Twitter? Docs...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Tuesday marks the fourth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC ruling, when the court ruled that corporations can spend unlimited amounts to influence elections.
Our democracy is built on the basic premise that people —...
| Feb 2, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Chew on these for a minute:
"Who are they? Are they these extreme conservatives, who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay, is that who they are? Because if that is who they are, and if they are the extreme conservatives, they have no place in...
| Jan 12, 2014
While mainstream Republicans and even some Democrats may accept Chris Christie's apology, our tea party group and others we have contacted do not ("'Stunned' Christie fires top adviser," Jan. 10). His claims that he didn't know about the politically...