| Dec. 11, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
Europe doesn’t seem a very productive test-bed for policy these days. Most economists blame the deficit-cutting “austerity” policies for slowing the economic recovery there. Now, as Congress considers the first major update to the Communications Act in nearly two decades, Europe’s leading regulators are criticizing their own past policies for deploying high-speed Internet — even as some here at home argue that the United States should copy it.
| Dec. 11, 2013, 3:44 p.m.
With cuts to tax benefits for transit commuters set to be triggered at the end of the year, it is essential that Congress act to ensure that transit riders benefit from the same tax incentives available to commuters who drive to work.
| Dec. 11, 2013, 5 a.m.
The clock is slowly ticking down. As the year is coming to a close, so is the prospect of passing meaningful immigration reform.
| Dec. 10, 2013, 2:46 p.m.
Fly-in season is almost upon us again! The annual Capitol Hill ritual mostly runs from January to about June, with thousands of associations, nonprofits and corporations flying supporters in to meet with members of Congress and their staffs. Groups invest enormous resources in these events and the meetings dominate the schedules of congressional offices.
| Dec. 10, 2013, 5 a.m.
While the debate around health care brings out political rancor in Washington, there is a rare issue that unites rather than divides both political parties: combating the problem of prescription drug abuse and fraud.
| Dec. 9, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
With gridlock gripping Washington, D.C., and preventing action on even simple fronts, it’s hard to see how Congress and the president will agree on good climate action policy. But the need is clear. Examples of extreme weather occurrences seem to be constant. Between the devastating typhoon in the Philippines and the wildfire- and flood-ravaged American West, it is clear that we are continuing to experience the devastating consequences of global climate change. The timing of international inaction could not be worse, as the need for specific reduction targets remains great.
| Dec. 9, 2013, 4:21 p.m.
Even in an era when denial-of-service attacks and cyber-theft are all too common, the security of one particular website — HealthCare.gov — has garnered significant public and congressional scrutiny.
| Dec. 9, 2013, 2:47 p.m.
Here we go again. First there were across-the-board federal budget cuts known as the sequester. Then came the government shutdown. Finally, we barely escaped a national default when Congress passed a short-term deal to increase the debt ceiling. And just when most Americans thought it was over, we find ourselves in another possible budget showdown, facing new fiscal deadlines early next year.
| Dec. 9, 2013, 4:59 a.m.
A few months ago, the Internal Revenue Service was accused of improperly targeting conservative nonprofit organizations for special scrutiny. Whoops. Now the IRS and the Treasury Department have proposed new rules to curb the political influence of one type of nonprofit organization.
| Dec. 6, 2013, 1:25 p.m.
Growing up as the son of a scientist, I learned the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education at an early age. My father was the first African-American to receive a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, and nearly every year, I received a chemistry set for Christmas to spur my interest in science and math.
| Dec. 6, 2013, 1:04 p.m.
Following a string of state-level initiatives to raise minimum wages, Democrats in the Senate are salivating over the prospect of a national wage hike. Beginning with President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, in which he repeatedly pledged to increase the federal minimum wage on an annual basis, this issue has remained on the back burner throughout Obama’s presidency until now, when the administration is in desperate need of a distraction. The current incarnation of the proposal would put a double burden on U.S. businesses at a time when the economy needs them to thrive.
| Dec. 5, 2013, 11:23 a.m.
On Dec. 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, Prohibition was repealed, and states were granted primary authority over alcohol.
| Dec. 4, 2013, 4:43 p.m.
This summer, Sen. Mitch McConnell shocked absolutely no one when his campaign launched an early, nasty attack ad on his opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. You may remember the ad — a poorly produced music video that repeatedly asked, “What rhymes with Alison Lundergan Grimes?”
| Dec. 4, 2013, 5 a.m.
In a Congress marred by gridlock and partisan brinkmanship, a surprising opportunity has emerged to strengthen our nation’s ocean and coastal communities, businesses and environment. Congress should seize the moment and establish the long-recommended National Endowment for the Oceans, Coasts and Great Lakes.
| Dec. 3, 2013, 5 a.m.
2013 will mark the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson’s first term as president of the United States, and 2014 will observe the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I. As we near these occasions, authors and commentators have been trying to answer many questions concerning Wilson’s presidency and World War I itself.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 4:14 p.m.
Congress and the administration have recently been talking a lot about access to and affordability of higher education. The administration has proposed an ambitious overhaul of our entire higher-education system, including the development of a college scorecard to ensure that students and their families have all of the information they need to make an informed decision about their postsecondary education.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 4:13 p.m.
It’s difficult for many of us to imagine a world without the benefits of technology. As mobile providers revolutionize our daily lives with each new gadget and companies tout the simplicity of e-commerce and social networking, it’s all too easy to forget that this technology is simply not accessible for millions of Americans, especially seniors.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 5 a.m.
With fewer than 500 migrating up and down the U.S. East Coast each year, right whales rank as one of the world’s most endangered mammals. Yet, in less than two weeks, the most significant regulation in place to protect these gentle giants — the Final Rule to Reduce the Threat of Ship Collisions with North Atlantic Right Whales, also known as the Ship Strike Rule — is set to expire.
| Dec. 2, 2013, 5 a.m.
While the American public may not be familiar with the intricacies of antitrust policy, they have direct, and painful, experience with the results of over a decade of lax antitrust enforcement in the airline industry: high fares, little competition and increasing ancillary fees that are the product of a hub system that facilitates tacit, if not overt, collusion amongst the legacy carriers. Against that backdrop, the Department of Justice’s antitrust challenge to American Airlines/US Airways was a breath of fresh air. Finally, we had antitrust enforcement that did not shy away from the tough challenges raised by the increasing consolidation of the airline industry.
| Nov. 26, 2013, 5 a.m.
With the Obama administration’s signing of a very specific nuclear deal with Iran, key American allies in the region are being left behind.