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

Rampell: Weaponizing religious liberty

sltrib.com — "Religious liberty" has been invoked to circumvent other laws, too. Last year's Hobby Lobby ruling allowed companies to exempt themselves from an Obamacare requirement that insurance plans cover birth control, and now congressional Republicans want to expand that exemption.

Debt is the new weapon in the eurozone

mysanantonio.com — Establishing a common currency was meant to facilitate the cross-border flow of goods, services, people and capital, and thus bond disparate countries through the mutual benefits of trade. In Europe, where countries are divided by language, customs, regulatory regimes and fiscal policies, a common currency would inevitably prove disastrous, he wrote.

Rampell: Euros of mass destruction - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Guest-columnists

richmond.com — Posted: WASHINGTON - Once upon a time, Europe had a dream. It would yoke neighbor to neighbor under a common economic system and thereby end a centuries-long tradition of the states destroying one another with bombs and bayonets, cannons and crossbows, machine guns and mustard gas.

Another knock against Chris Christie: America hates New Jersey

washingtonpost.com — Blame Snooki, or the Sopranos, or the toxic chemical spills, or even the awful drive from Newark International Airport that so many tourists endure on their way to the Big Apple. Whatever the culprit, the result is clear: America hates New Jersey. YouGov recently asked Americans whether they thought of each U.S.

Euros of mass destruction

jsonline.com — Once upon a time, Europe had a dream. It would yoke neighbor to neighbor under a common economic system and thereby end a centuries-long tradition of the states destroying one another with bombs and bayonets, cannons and crossbows, machine guns and mustard gas.

How the euro became a weapon of mass destruction

washingtonpost.com — Once upon a time, Europe had a dream. It would yoke neighbor to neighbor under a common economic system and thereby end a centuries-long tradition of the states destroying one another with bombs and bayonets, cannons and crossbows, machine guns and mustard gas.

Rampell: Greece's dramatic irony

sltrib.com — Two-and-a-half millennia later, this dramatic legacy lives on. Because it's hard, after all, to watch the ongoing, can-kicking Greek debt tragedy and not know deep down how it will end: Despite optimistic denials by our obstinate protagonists, a default of some kind is inevitable. The question is when and how orderly it will be.

The modern Greek tragedy of financial crisis

washingtonpost.com — Here, carved into the southern slope of the Acropolis, lie the lovely white ruins of an ancient, acoustically perfect, open-air amphitheater: the Theater of Dionysus . This gorgeous site witnessed the birth of Greek tragedy in the fifth century B.C., when playwrights such as Sophocles and Aeschylus crafted theatrical adaptations of popular, well-known Greek myths.

Catherine Rampell: Seeking the truth behind the unemployment numbers

winonadailynews.com — Last week the Labor Department offered some seemingly very good news: U.S. employers now have more job openings than ever previously recorded. There is a bounty of opportunities to be had. And yet to unemployed workers, it may not feel that way. That's because many companies are acting like big teases.

Rampell: America's hiring paralysis

sltrib.com — It's hard to know exactly what explains firms' seemingly interminable indecision. One possible explanation relates to so-called "skills mismatch," the idea that today's workers simply don't possess the qualifications necessary for the jobs available. Absent additional training, a recently laid-off construction worker can't easily fill a nursing slot; a newly idle travel agent is unlikely to pass muster as a software engineer.
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Jul 02, 2015

America Ferrera thanks Donald Trump for mobilizing Latino voters. huff.to/1LFB89f

Jul 02, 2015

"This post discusses the plot of “Magic Mike XXL,” to the extent that the movie actually has a plot." wpo.st/mC8P0

Jul 02, 2015

Brownback pondering religious objections legislation after gay marriage ruling kansascity.com/news/governmen…

Jul 02, 2015

Toronto taxi drivers ask for emergency meeting at city hall to stop Uber cbc.ca/1.3135640

Jul 02, 2015

RT @aritbenie: trying to imagine the conversation that ended with "... well lets just do a holiday weekend news dump tweet" twitter.com/JimWebbUSA/sta…

Jul 02, 2015

RT @KayHymowitz: Does it matter where you came from? Ancestry and economic performance in US counties 1850-2010. ftp.iza.org/dp9060.pdf

Jul 02, 2015

@harrisonmarkey Not sure that's true. Florida is a constant source of entertainment (of both the weird-news Florida Man variety, and Disney)

Jul 02, 2015

RT @winnieokelley: Yet another reason Wall Street needs more women: young males promote risky behavior in markets. bloom.bg/1HzEE57

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