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E.J. Dionne: The mystifying election

WASHINGTON -- There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what's happening in the 2014 elections.

September 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

5 things to know about Wyoming's primary elections

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Five things to know about Wyoming’s midterm elections on Nov. 4:

September 01, 2014 9:19 amLoading…
Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

Wyoming governor wants Medicaid proposal for Legislature

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Gov. Matt Mead said he expects to be ready to brief state lawmakers early next year about the best deal Wyoming could get from the federal government if the state agrees to expand Medicaid coverage to thousands of low-income workers.

August 21, 2014 6:15 pmLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Stakes in ACA debate higher than health care

WASHINGTON — You never get a second chance to make a first impression. But at the end of this month, the new health care law will get a third chance to make a decent impression — finally.

March 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: America's future hinges on fearsome mega-trends

WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?

March 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Must the Obamacare debate be stupid?

WASHINGTON — One of the best arguments for health-insurance reform is that our traditional employer-based system often locked people into jobs they wanted to leave but couldn’t because they feared they wouldn’t be able to get affordable coverage elsewhere.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Will U.S. health costs continue slowing?

WASHINGTON — Call it the $2.8 trillion enigma. That’s what Americans spent on health care in 2012. The good news is that health spending slowed unexpectedly for the fourth consecutive year. The enigma is that no one really knows why. Despite many theories, there’s no expert consensus.

January 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: War on Poverty not a lost cause

Jan. 8 marked the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America’s War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty has been won, but the failure narrati…

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Guest opinion: ‘sue and settle’ bypasses democratic process

WASHINGTON — When legislation was passed to improve visibility in federal National Parks and wilderness areas, Congress directed the states to decide how to implement their visibility programs.

December 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Obama's relentlessly pragmatic diplomacy

ABU DHABI — This has been a year when America re-embraced diplomacy after a frustrating decade of war, displaying a relentlessly pragmatic approach that recalls the days of such deal-making former secretaries of state as Henry Kissinger and James A. Baker III.

December 12, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Public bankruptcy reveals clash of generations

WASHINGTON — We are locked in a generational war, which will get worse before it gets better. Indeed, it may not get better for a long time. No one wants to admit this, because it's ugly and unwelcome. Parents are supposed to care for their children, and children are supposed to care for the…

December 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Is Obamacare already a failure?

The torrent of criticism that has accompanied the opening of health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act — known as Obamacare — has continued unabated. Republicans say the problems with the program’s websites (and with some private insurance customers having their old policies c…

November 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Fat cats vs. tax facts: Exaggerations of power

WASHINGTON – How often have you heard that we have the best government money can buy? Washington is overrun, it’s said, with fat-cat lobbyists whose lavish campaign contributions and insider connections manipulate the White House and Congress to serve big corporations and the rich. Meanwhile…

November 21, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: What's the matter with motherhood?

WASHINGTON — If you’re a conservative strongly opposed to abortion, shouldn’t you want to give all the help you can to women who want to bring their children into the world? In particular, wouldn’t you hope they’d get the proper medical attention during and after their pregnancy?

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George F. Will: Cash for Clunkers shows failure of progressivism

Obama’s presidency has become a feast of failures whose proliferation protects their author from close scrutiny of any one of them. Now, however, we can revisit one of the first and see it as a harbinger of progressivism’s downward stumble to HealthCare.gov.

November 07, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Liberals make Grandma their poster child

WASHINGTON — Two analysts at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have produced an important study that should (but probably won’t) alter the climate for Washington’s stalemated budget debate. The study demolishes the widespread notion that older Americans need exceptional protection agains…

November 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Political fallout: Obamacare backfires on everyone

WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) turns out to represent dreadful miscalculations by both the president and his Republican adversaries. Doubtlessly, Barack Obama imagined that achieving something close to “universal” health insurance would guarantee his legacy. It would make h…

October 23, 2013 10:32 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: The entitlement hang-up obscures real debate

WASHINGTON — Let’s drop the whole notion of “entitlement.” Just eliminate it. Politicians, pundits and academics who talk about entitlements would then have to name the actual programs and argue their merits and demerits. This would encourage clarity and candor. Of course, that’s why it won…

October 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: An exit strategy for dangerous Washington standoff

WASHINGTON — Here’s a way out. President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and other congressional leaders meet at the White House. After the meeting, the president announces that the administration commits to negotiations with Congress over spending reductions that will explicitly in…

October 10, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cokie and Steven V. Roberts: The cruel cost of cutting food stamps

Last week Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to slash food stamp spending by $39 billion over 10 years. The next day, the Washington Post ran a picture of a job fair in suburban Maryland. The caption reported that “about 1,000 applicants an hour” streamed into the event search…

September 27, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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