| July 10, 2014, 5 a.m.
As President Barack Obama indicated when signing his memorandum on student loans, the student debt crisis shows no sign of abating. Though the obvious causes are the ever-growing cost of college and the weak job market for recent graduates, the real culprit is congressional inaction.
| July 9, 2014, 5:01 p.m.
Our children deserve the best care and education possible, but working parents in Chicago and across the country face a frustrating lack of access to affordable, quality child care. At a time when many families need two incomes just to make ends meet, quality child care is an absolute necessity and one of the biggest financial burdens working families face.
| July 9, 2014, 5 p.m.
Thanks to Eric Cantor, at least one part of my job should be much easier this year: getting my students to pay attention to local political races.
| July 9, 2014, 12:27 p.m.
Against a backdrop of escalating violence in eastern Ukraine, the principal U.S. policy response has heretofore been to target Russian individuals and firms – from the chairman of the State Duma to a Russian company that makes mineral water and soft drinks.
| July 2, 2014, 10:04 a.m.
Nearly every sector of the recording industry has been outspoken about their desire to increase the royalty rates. Of late, the music publishers have been particularly active pressing their case in public and in Washington, D.C. Last week, representatives from the industry testified before Congress as part of an ongoing review of copyright laws being undertaken by the House Judiciary Committee.
| July 2, 2014, 9:55 a.m.
There are some important lessons for upcoming Republican primaries to be drawn from last week’s runoff in Mississippi — and not just that Democrats put Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., back in office for another six years.
| July 2, 2014, 9:55 a.m.
On June 24, Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, unveiled the FOIA Improvement Act of 2014, a bill that would deal with some of the long-standing issues the public faces when trying to use the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain government records. The common-sense reforms included in the bill are changes that President Obama can, and should, embrace in order to meet his goal of unprecedented levels of openness in government.
| June 26, 2014, 5 a.m.
Music access has changed dramatically in the last decade and business models are clearly trending toward streaming platforms and away from individual purchases. However, our nation’s laws remain severely behind the curve.
| June 25, 2014, 2:09 p.m.
A loose alliance of banks, state officials and business groups is pushing for a permanent extension of a low-income housing tax credit enacted during the financial crisis.
| June 25, 2014, 1:59 p.m.
A housing recovery moving in fits and starts is fueling new efforts on Capitol Hill to protect tax incentives for home ownership and oppose any reductions in the tax breaks that might be part of a broad tax overhaul.
| June 24, 2014, 3:57 p.m.
Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks on America, many of the lessons seem to be fading.
| June 24, 2014, 3:55 p.m.
It wasn’t too many years ago that the Environmental Protection Agency came under fire for promulgating regulations that critics claimed had insufficient scientific validity. The pendulum now seems to have swung the other way, if a policy provision in the “Department of Energy Research and Development Act of 2014” is any indicator.
| June 24, 2014, 5 a.m.
In the spring of 1970, the Rev. Robert F. Drinan was organizing his campaign to run against the incumbent Congressman, Philip Philbin, in the primary for the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts. This campaign would give raise to the modern usage of “data” in political campaigns to ensure effective and targeted messaging to the base voters or particular constituencies.
| June 24, 2014, 5 a.m.
A lesson for centrist candidates: stay positive.
| June 23, 2014, 2:51 p.m.
Congress has immersed itself in a nettlesome debate over the advertised cost of air travel — whether ticket sellers should be forced to display the full cost of a ticket with all taxes and fees, or, as airlines desire, they should be able to separate add-ons and only show the base price. Competing bills in the House and the Senate embrace these two very different approaches. Prickly rhetoric has flown back and forth across the Capitol. Each side claims the mantle of “transparency,” and asserts that the best interest of the consumer is their principal motivation.
| June 23, 2014, 11:59 a.m.
Hundreds of thousands of conservatives receive National Republican Senatorial Committee fundraising letters that would be considered “bait-and-switch” or even money laundering in the commercial world.
| June 23, 2014, 5 a.m.
For those of us working on behalf of the millions of Americans with kidney disease and kidney failure, it’s a proud fact that we’ve come such a long way in a relatively short period of time.
| June 20, 2014, 10 a.m.
In the immediate aftermath of the nation’s 2008 foreclosure crisis, Congress played a constructive role in keeping Americans in their homes. Lawmakers supported loan modification programs and sweeping financial reforms, and — while many rightfully demanded more action — these efforts eased the effects of the crisis.
| June 20, 2014, 5 a.m.
As President Obama’s nominee for secretary of Housing and Urban Development begins his confirmation process in the Senate this week, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro has the opportunity to bring a fresh perspective and embrace policies that save money, improve services and set a positive example for the entire federal government.
| June 19, 2014, 8 a.m.
To the next Majority Leader,