Post Archive

October 2014

Republicans quick to criticize Ebola czar choice

After a week of intensifying concern in the United States about Ebola, the White House on Friday appointed a “czar” as response coordinator — and

Employment looks strong, but stocks are shaky

We have good news and we have bad news. First the good news: On Thursday the Department of Labor announced that applications for unemployment benefits

Technology invasion: Blame it on the phonograph

Today I read a fascinating but extremely harsh editorial in The New York Times, one you most certainly missed. The topic was the potential effects

Ebola is a crisis, and politicians can’t resist

Check out Shepard Smith of Fox News talking about Ebola on his show Thursday afternoon and you’ll get a sense where we’re going here. Smith’s

Ebola hearing live blog: Examining the response

DecodeDC reporter Miranda Green is on the scene at the Energy and Science Committee hearing examining the U.S. public health response to the Ebola outbreak.

Exclusive: WH cybersecurity task force in works

DecodeDC has learned that the White House is organizing a big push to address cybersecurity. This comes just two weeks after one of the worst

Hagel: Military must prepare for climate change

Washington is full of partisan debates and disagreements on any given week – so much so that we here at DecodeDC generally choose to look

Politics is so alienating even Ebola is political

It was inevitable, I suppose. Ebola has become yet another Stupid Politician Trick. A liberal group calling itself the Agenda Project Action Fund has released

‘Cyber’: It’s everywhere, but what does it mean?

A regular feature that decodes popular political phrases and words. Where we’re hearing it Cyberwar, cybersecurity, cyberattacks. Today “cyber-this” or “cyber-that” is in the news

Researchers debut SAT score for U.S. House

Want to know how effective your representative is? It all comes down to the LES – Legislative Effectiveness Score – according to two professors who

Was #BringBackOurGirls just a feel-good moment?

Six months ago Tuesday, on April 14, the Islamist terror-and-crime syndicate Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls from a school in Chibok, Nigeria. Some of the girls

GNR: A new measure of political failure

The country of Bhutan famously measures Gross National Happiness instead of Gross National Product. Now an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia has

The weekend stories that caught our eye

There’s several items of very concerning news about the Ebola virus that developed over the weekend. A worker who helped take care of Thomas Eric

Supporters of Michigan's Open Carry law hold a rally and march April 27, 2014 in Romulus, Michigan. The march was held to attempt to demonstrate to the general public what the typical open carrier is like. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Sometimes the universe has a cruel sense of a humor

Brookings fellow Isabel Sawhill tackles the hot-button issues of poverty, contraception and having children out of wedlock.

A conversation with author and Brookings fellow Isabel Sawhill.