Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

The Stalemate Continues

WASHINGTON -- The Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee issued a fascinating and largely overlooked report the other day highlighting how little Congress and the White House have done to deal with the nation's budget problems. Don't be fooled ...

Health Spending -- Under Control?

WASHINGTON -- Has the monster of exploding health costs finally been slain? After five years of slow spending growth, it's tempting to think so. This would be fabulous news, because rising health spending has had damaging side effects. It's ...

A Statistical Feast!

WASHINGTON -- The Stat Abstract is dead. Long live the Stat Abstract.

As regular readers of this column know, I've been a fanatical booster of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, which has collected the most complete and compact set of...

The Happiness Curve

WASHINGTON -- We all want to be happy, don't we? Well, if you're dissatisfied, frustrated or downright miserable, cheer up. There's apparently a cure for you. Even better, it will materialize automatically. Just sit and wait; the very anticipation...

Understanding the Oil Crash

WASHINGTON -- The great oil bust of 2014 is something to behold.

Since mid-June, crude prices have dropped roughly 40 percent, from $115 a barrel for the Brent benchmark to about $70 a barrel now. U.S. gasoline prices have fallen almost a dollar ...

Echoes From the 1920s

"The nation of which [Warren G.] Harding became president was not happy, and forces were underway which seemed likely, unless arrested, to bring more serious unhappiness."

-- journalist Mark Sullivan, 1935

WASHINGTON -- As Harding took ...