| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:52 PM
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...
| Sep 21, 2013
| 9:08 AM
One of the biggest changes in the way Americans can purchase health insurance is a week and a half away. Yet the very people the new insurance exchange was meant to help are often oblivious to it.
Slightly fewer than half of those surveyed this month...
| Sep 22, 2013
| 9:58 AM
Last week: Gov. Scott's announcement of a $90-million state investment in the bridging of Tamiami Trail is an exciting moment in Everglades restoration. Floridians living along the Treasure Coast and in Southwest Florida are suffering due to large flows...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 5:49 PM
Former Labor Secretary Robert B. Reich, who served in the Clinton administration, warned during an interview of the perils of widening income inequality in the United States, excessive executive compensation and the future of labor.
Reich is promoting...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 3:05 AM
PURISIMA DE TEMASCATIO DE ARRIBA, Mexico — The six brothers and sisters ambled down the hill in this ranching village, singing, laughing and kicking rocks, serenaded by cock-a-doodle-doos and baaa-baaas.
There were Omar and Teresa and Noe and...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 7:54 PM
SACRAMENTO — Facing the prospect of a prolonged federal government shutdown, Gov. Jerry Brown will soon need to decide if the state will shoulder the cost to keep running federal programs used by millions of Californians.
State officials say...
| Oct 24, 2013
Chicago is a "tarnished" jewel. The patchwork of neighborhoods surrounding downtown is breathtakingly beautiful, but most native Chicagoans don't see it.
Why not? Unfortunately, the "tarnish" conceals the unique character of...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Never mind the conventional speculation about whether the resolution of some political standoff in Washington favors Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, "entitlement" fans or skeptics.
The more fundamental question, says Benjamin...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:26 PM
Several Republican congressmen have come under fire for quoting the Bible as justification for cutting nutritional assistance to America's poor.
Congress has moved to slash more than $4 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 7:00 AM
The star power under a tented ballroom enclosing a blocklong stretch of Beverly Hills' Crescent Drive was intense. Kevin Spacey, Jodie Foster, Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani, Demi Moore and 1,000 or so other influencers came out in glittering gowns and tuxes for...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 3:06 PM
I was happy to discover this week that under the federal Affordable Care Act, I qualify for dependable medical coverage under Medicaid. What I hadn't bargained for when I signed up Tuesday was my becoming the center of a national conservative media...
| 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,...