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

Ask college presidents and recent grads if sexual assault is a big problem on campus, and you get very different answers

washingtonpost.com — If it seems like college administrators don't view sexual assault as a particularly pervasive problem, it's because, well, they don't. In the past couple of weeks, two separate surveys were released containing similar questions on campus sexual assault. One was a survey of millennials, and the other was a survey of college presidents.

Markets on the right side of history

mysanantonio.com — At least, that is one optimistic, heartening way to interpret the national backlash to Indiana's new "religious freedom" law, which has set off a wave of boycotts by consumers, celebrities, politicians and businesses. Reams of economic research, going back to Nobel laureate Gary Becker's 1955 dissertation on racial discrimination, have suggested that a key reason firms discriminate is that their customers and employees probably demand it.

Rampell: When gray meets brown - Richmond.com: Guest-columnists

richmond.com — His takeaway is that Americans need to return to a more communitarian view of child rearing. "To ignore these kids violates our deepest religious and moral values," Putnam writes in his final chapter, in which he advocates devoting more funding to social programs that would shore up opportunities for low-income youth.

Invest in poor kids; they’ll pay for your Social Security

mysanantonio.com — Poor kids and young adults, he argues, are the innocent victims of a widening "opportunity gap." "To ignore these kids violates our deepest religious and moral values," Putnam writes in his final chapter, in which he advocates devoting more funding to social programs that would shore up opportunities for low-income youth.

Is inclusiveness good for the economy?

washingtonpost.com — With relatively little fanfare, the economics of discrimination seems to have been flipped on its head. At least, that is one optimistic, heartening way to interpret the national backlash to Indiana's new "religious freedom" law, which has set off a wave of boycotts by consumers, celebrities, politicians and businesses.

Rampell: The old have a responsibility, and a self interest, to help the young

sltrib.com — I, too, consider myself a champion of public programs that improve the lives of poor youth. But I'm pessimistic that urging compassion will change the way Americans think about economically immobile youth for two major reasons. Both are related to demographics: The country is getting older, and its younger generations are less white.

What happens when gray mixes with brown in America

washingtonpost.com — Many older Americans may not like - or at least empathize with - Kids These Days. But there are selfish reasons to spend more taxpayer money on the young all the same. This is the framework I wish Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam had emphasized in his new bestseller, " Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis."

Eliminating the IRS is a bad idea

mysanantonio.com — In his presidential bid announcement Monday at Liberty University in Virginia, Cruz asked his audience to imagine, John Lennon-style, some of the various idyllic scenarios that would come to pass should the country choose him as its next commander in chief.

Op-Ed: Rampell: Ted Cruz's irrational war on the IRS - Richmond.com: Guest-columnists

richmond.com — But one of the biggest applause lines was this: "Imagine abolishing the IRS." This is not the first time the Texas senator has proposed this. He pitched it on Facebook two years ago and in multiple interviews since, even calling it the "single most important tax reform" and priority "No.

How the IRS helps keep taxpayers honest, even when it’s not actively prosecuting them

washingtonpost.com — My column today looks at Sen. Ted Cruz's ill-conceived proposal to abolish the Internal Revenue Service, which would leave no one to actually implement and enforce the tax code. I'd like to address two comments, purporting to prove the superfluity of maintaining a federal tax collection agency, that readers keep sending me.
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Apr 01, 2015

Asked about their "heroes," people in both US & UK most often name parents. Runner up in UK: Churchill. In US: Jesus today.yougov.com/news/2015/03/1…

Apr 01, 2015

For Boys, Moving to a Wealthier Neighborhood Is as Traumatic as Going to War newrepublic.com/article/116886…

Apr 01, 2015

Kentucky governor says same-sex marriage ban isn't discriminatory because it applies to straight people too cjky.it/1bKsQ1A

Apr 01, 2015

Another poll on views about whom colleges want to protect in cases of alleged sexual assault: pic.twitter.com/CmzHoIsOBG

Apr 01, 2015

Watch Ted Cruz Repeatedly Say He Wants To Repeal Something That's Not A Federal Law huff.to/1MA6i4j

Apr 01, 2015

RT @JesseRodriguez: Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson says he wants changes before signing religious freedom bill

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