| Jul 9, 2014
| 11:40 AM
As we all know, the official animal of Washington, D.C., is the scapegoat. Today's example is Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security.
Colvin recently was raked over the coals by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, the capital's chief...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 6:23 PM
RICHMOND — The Virginia General Assembly will go back into session this September to debate Medicaid expansion, legislative leaders said Wednesday.
The reconvened session would fulfill a longstanding promise from House Republican leaders, who...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 12:17 PM
A new study ranking Florida among the top 10most corrupt states in the country barely made the radar for most media outlets because the mundane facts and figures weren't sexy.
The study by researchers at the University of Hong Kong and Indiana...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 9:43 PM
Flush with optimism from California's resurgent economy, lawmakers approved a $156.4-billion state budget that expands preschool for children from poor families, increases welfare payments and provides critical funding for building the nation's first...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 6:18 PM
Old-fashioned horse trading, back scratching and leveraging — the proven path to successful legislating, especially budgeting.
It may emit a slight odor for the queasy. But it beats how, say, some Sunnis and Shiites settle their differences....
| Jun 27, 2014
| 5:13 PM
America's doctors have joined the chorus urging parents to read daily to their children, instead of handing over iPads or parking the kids in front of the TV.
The American Academy of Pediatrics launched its "literacy promotion" campaign this week,...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:07 PM
Bringing a swift end to a low-key budget process, Gov. Jerry Brown signed California's new $156.3-billion spending plan on Friday.
He made almost no vetoes when approving the budget, which expands preschool to more poor children, increases welfare...
| Jun 11, 2014
| 7:57 PM
State lawmakers are nearing a deal on a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, and the projected revenue bounty makes it possible for Sacramento to undo some of the most damaging cuts made to state programs during the economic downturn while still...
| May 29, 2014
| 11:05 AM
INDIA brims with colourful politicians, but none has quite the sense of political theatre of Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He swept into Varanasi, India’s most ancient city, on May 17th pledging to clean the Ganges, its...
| May 13, 2014
| 9:50 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown detailed his revised $107.8-billion state budget proposal at the Capitol on Tuesday morning, laying out his plans to address California's mounting pension liabilities, increased costs of providing healthcare to the poor and paying off...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:13 PM
What began as a neighborhood campaign against the planned closure of an immigrant absorption center in the town of Mevaseret Zion is now focusing a spotlight on the troubled integration of Ethiopian immigrants and the long-term fate of donations to Jewish...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:14 PM