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

Kids in this class show an app-titude for learning

delawareonline.com — Reading, writing, 'rithmetic, computer science. In the 21st century, these are the core competencies required for educational and, eventually, professional advancement. But in the war over standardized testing and other curricular concerns, the country has largely abdicated its responsibilities to teach children even the basics of technological literacy. Enter Chicago public schools.

Catherine Rampell: Chicago schools add computer science to the core curriculum

washingtonpost.com — Reading, writing, 'rithmetic, computer science. In the 21st century, these are the core competencies required for educational and, eventually, professional advancement. But in the war over standardized testing and other curricular concerns, the country has largely abdicated its responsibilities to teach children even the basics of technological literacy. Enter Chicago Public Schools.

Would you rather be taxed or fined?

delawareonline.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.

Rampell: Would you rather be taxed or fined?

sltrib.com — If the political toxicity of spending and tax hikes encourages obfuscation at the federal level, it has led to far more destructive and distortionary policies at the state and local levels. Voters hate taxes and will punish any politician who threatens to raise them (or, in many cases, does not accede to cutting them).

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.
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Nov 26, 2014

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Nov 26, 2014

RT @jk_rowling: 'What would you like to be if you weren't a writer?' An otter weigher. pic.twitter.com/Tc7TwevoN7

Nov 26, 2014

Stranded passengers hop out of a plane to give it a shove qz.com/303133

Nov 26, 2014

RT @adamliptak: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had heart surgery this morning

Nov 25, 2014

RT @beccaclemons: Great idea in Chicago schools: teaching computer science to all. wapo.st/1tfBjf3 by @crampell

Nov 25, 2014

Bob McCulloch’s pathetic prosecution of Darren Wilson wapo.st/1vKEUYy

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