Opinion columnist at @washingtonpost. Previously econ reporter/moonlighting theater critic at @nytimes.

Catherine Rampell: The antitax push has done harm to state and local government

washingtonpost.com — Don't tax you, don't tax me. Tax that feller behind the tree. Or better yet, don't call it a tax at all: Call it a fine, forfeiture, fee. Really, any word except "tax" will do. Such is the unifying philosophy behind many recent inflammatory fiscal developments on the national stage - Obamacare included - and within our state and local governments.

Most Americans with Obamacare coverage like it

mysanantonio.com — Other polling has found similarly positive views from exchange participants, as well as broad support for many of the law's other major provisions (such as allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, guaranteeing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, eliminating lifetime caps on how much insurance companies must pay for a person's health care and requiring coverage of birth control).

Are Americans learning to live with Obamacare?

delawareonline.com — Another year, another HealthCare.gov enrollment period and another series of Republican efforts to repeal, defund or otherwise dismantle the Affordable Care Act. So when will the GOP learn to stop worrying and love Obamacare? The question is not quite as crazy as it sounds when you consider Americans' attitudes toward Obamacare's actual provisions.

Life milestones, low pay mark early career

mysanantonio.com — Older and wiser Americans are prudently building up their nest eggs, producing savings rates of 3 percent among people age 35 to 44, 6 percent among people 45 to 54 and 13 percent among those 55 and older.

Rampell: Stop worrying and learn to love Obamacare

sltrib.com — Other polling has found similarly positive views from exchange participants, as well as broad support for many of the law's other major provisions (such as allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance until age 26, guaranteeing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, eliminating lifetime caps on how much insurance companies must pay for a person's health care and requiring coverage of birth control).

Who hates millennials the most?

washingtonpost.com — I often make fun of baby boomers and senior citizens for making unsubstantiated or generally cranky-sounding accusations against millennials (see, for example, Friday's column). At least, the reader e-mails I receive often reflect this. But according to survey data, it's actually the cohort only slightly older than millennials - roughly speaking, Gen-Xers - that seems to throw the most shade at us.

Obamacare’s biggest obstacle now may be its public image

washingtonpost.com — Another year, another HealthCare.gov enrollment period and another series of Republican efforts to repeal, defund or otherwise dismantle the Affordable Care Act. So when will the GOP learn to stop worrying and love Obamacare? The question is not quite as crazy as it sounds when you consider Americans' attitudes toward Obamacare's actual provisions.

Man behind health care mandate says it’s imperative

staradvertiser.com — After Massachusetts, California came calling. So did Connecticut, Delaware, Kansas, Minnesota, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming. They all wanted Jonathan Gruber, a numbers wizard at MIT, to help them figure out how to fix their health care systems, just as he had helped Mitt Romney overhaul health insurance when he was the Massachusetts governor.

Those spendthrift millennials? Not really

jsonline.com — Millennials are foolhardy spendthrifts. But young people always are, and that's probably OK. A new analysis of savings rates - calculated by Moody's Analytics and based on Federal Reserve data - has gotten a lot of attention for the sharp division it shows between the financial habits of kids today and those of everyone else.

So you think millennials are spendthrifts? Not so

delawareonline.com — Millennials are foolhardy spendthrifts. But young people basically always are, and that's probably OK. A new analysis of savings rates - calculated by Moody's Analytics, and based on Federal Reserve data - has gotten a lot of attention for the sharp division it shows between the financial habits of kids today and those of everyone else.
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Nov 20, 2014

FSU gunman reported hearing voices; thought police were bugging his car and phone. wpo.st/wiSv

Nov 20, 2014

Obamacare signups were inflated by including dental plans. W/o dental subscribers, enrollment fell short of 7m goal bloom.bg/11jWsgC

Nov 20, 2014

Re-reading some old "On Language" columns, among the works that first made me want to become a writer. Damn Safire was good.

Nov 20, 2014

Got an email saying Walmart workers will strike on Black Friday in some cities. Wonder how many doorbuster-seekers will cross picket lines.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @DLeonhardt: If you write, columnize, blog or tweet about economics or finance, you probably owe a debt to the great Floyd Norris, who's retiring.

Nov 20, 2014

RT @radleybalko: If you oppose censorship...whether or not you like the thing being censored is irrelevant." theguardian.com/commentisfree/…

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