By Catherine Rampell September 25, 2014 6 a.m.
Think of the children. These days, politicians — and their constituents — generally don't. For all their baby-kissing, politicians know that it's the elderly — not suffrage-ineligible children or their parents — who turn out to vote. This perhaps explains why a smaller and smaller share of government budgets is expected to go to children over the coming decade.
By Catherine Rampell September 11, 2014 6 a.m.
You've heard of grade inflation? Welcome to the world of degree inflation. A new report finds that employers are increasingly requiring a bachelor's degree for positions that didn't used to require baccalaureate education. A college degree, in other words, is becoming the new high school diploma: The minimum credential required to get even the most basic, entry-level job.
By Catherine Rampell September 4, 2014 6 a.m.
Betrothed women of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your husbands' names.
By Catherine Rampell August 28, 2014 6 a.m.
Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets. No, not related to their R&D. I'm referring instead to other tightly guarded information they once declared "trade secrets": data about the number of women and minorities on their payrolls.
By Catherine Rampell August 21, 2014 6 a.m.
The laboratories of democracy are blowing up. A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though. Most of the scandals (or, to be fair, sometimes pseudo-scandals) are pretty hard to follow unless you're paying really close attention. Which most Americans are not. So here's an overview:
By Catherine Rampell August 14, 2014 6 a.m.
"Some of my friends are destitute. Some of them are beggars / But, for me, there's a subsidy if I spend my whole life preggers."
By Catherine Rampell August 7, 2014 6 a.m.
One in five? Yeah, right. Sounds way too high.
By Catherine Rampell July 31, 2014 6 a.m.
'Checked the tax code," wrote a friend who's engaged to a woman from a low-tax country. "Unfortunately, marrying (my fiancée) does not entitle me to a tax inversion like the big US companies are getting. Thanks for nothing IRS."
By Catherine Rampell July 24, 2014 6 a.m.
Is it hypocritical for a really, really rich person to object to rising inequality?