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What, Exactly, Does College Do for Us?

One needs look no further than the White House to gauge the level of national interest in building a highly skilled workforce. President Obama has placed an intense focus on doubling college graduation rates and increasing science, math, and engineering majors. There is little argument among policymakers and employers alike that the health of the nation's economy depends on increasing the pool of skilled job candidates.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am

How to Set and Measure Transportation Goals

If a city bridge is still standing and the Main Street potholes are filled, does that justify the town's transportation budget? Probably not, at least not now. As states and cities are combing through their budgets in search of extraneous fat to cut, it will become the job of the transportation departments to outline in detail how they are spending the public's money.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 11:40am

Ryan: Obama Arguing Over How to Manage Nation's Decline

In a speech to the Chicago Economic club this afternoon House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan is expected to defend his FY 2012 Budget proposal and attack what he calls the Obama administration’s "shared scarcity mentality." In an advance copy of the speech, Ryan also derides the use of "class warfare" in politics.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Government Reaches Borrowing Limit

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner announced on Monday morning that the federal government had met its statutory borrowing limit. Now a $14,294,000,000,000 cap on debt is firmly in place, starting the clock toward potential default and turning up the heat on simmering fiscal negotiations in Washington.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:40am

NJ POLL: Debt Ceiling Stalemate?

The U.S. hits its statutory debt limit today, but the Treasury Department will be able to keep the country from defaulting until early August.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Cindy McCain's Guide to Being a Political Wife

As some Republicans try to push media-shy Cheri Daniels into letting her husband Mitch run for president, Cindy McCain tries to explain how to be a "successful political wife" at The Daily Beast. Her main bit of advice: Don't read anything people write about you.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:40am

With Debt Limit Reached, Tensions Rise First in Washington

On Monday morning the Treasury Department auctioned off the last legally permissible U.S. government debt to the public. A $14,294,000,000,000 cap on borrowing is firmly in place, starting the clock toward potential default and turning up the heat on simmering fiscal negotiations in Washington.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 10:40am

Shuttle Safely Takes Off With Giffords Watching

The space shuttle Endeavour took off Monday morning, with astronaut Mark Kelly commanding and his injured wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, watching.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 9:40am

Kyl, Johnson, Sessions and Crapo Outline Hearts and Minds Battle for Former Soviet Republics

A group of Republican senators is urging the U.S. to assist the countries of the so-called “belt of freedom and democracy” in Europe to win a battle of hearts and minds with neighboring Russia.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 8:40am

ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants for Qaddafi, Two Others

International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo sought arrest warrants on Monday for three members of the Libyan regime for their violence against civilians, multiple news outlets are reporting. Reuters reported that the warrants will be issued for Libyan leader Muammer el-Qaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, and the country’s espionage chief, Abdullah al-Senussi.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011 - 8:40am