Robert J. Samuelson / Politics

Repairing the Middle Class in 2015

WASHINGTON -- What is curious about the present understandable preoccupation with the middle class is the assumption -- both explicit and implicit -- that the system is "rigged" (to use Sen. Elizabeth Warren's favorite term) against this vast ...

The Best Stats of 2014

WASHINGTON -- This is the time when we make lists. The best movies of 2014. The best books. The funniest cartoons. The greatest photos. The most amazing sports performances. The 10 best botched athlete celebrations. (No kidding, The Washington ...

Sony's Ominous Lesson

"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film 'The Interview,' we have decided not to move forward with the planned Dec. 25 theatrical release."

-- Sony Pictures Entertainment, Dec. 17

WASHINGTON -- We ...

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...