Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

The Medicaid Paralysis

WASHINGTON -- The White House recently put out a 40-page report arguing that the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA or "Obamacare") are hurting their poor and themselves. It's an easy case to make...

The Highway Fuss

WASHINGTON -- It's time for a primer on the Highway Trust Fund, which looms as the next battle in Congress' unending budget wars.

Created in 1956 to pay for the Interstate Highway System, the trust fund is both popular and controversial. To some,...

The Empire of Contention

WASHINGTON -- I am reading historian Gordon Wood's splendid "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815." It is an ideal companion for this July 4th weekend because it reminds us of the great continuities in our politics and ...

The (Misleading) Ex-Im debate

WASHINGTON -- I was against the Export-Import Bank before I was for it, and I may someday be against it again. But right now I'm for it, because the congressional fuss over the renewal of its charter is mostly political grandstanding. The Ex-Im ...

Bye-bye, Business Cycle?

WASHINGTON -- As a tool for analyzing and influencing the economy, is the business cycle outdated? Yes, says the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) in Basel, Switzerland. Unless you're deep into today's economic debates, you've probably ...

Harvard's Dreary Innovation Debate

WASHINGTON -- By their nature, many innovations are disruptive. The Internet is, of course, Exhibit One. It has remade the music industry, threatens "brick and mortar" stores, is changing how we talk to each other (Facebook, Twitter) and is ...