Education

Obama’s Health Care Plans: ‘this Year … This Administration’
December 11, 2008

At the Chicago press conference, Obama just gave the clearest signal yet that he intends to make health care reform a top priority. After running through the litany of familiar problems--rising costs, faltering coverage, poor quality--he vowed to tackle the problem "this year and in this administration." Afterwards, he confronted head-on the argument that the rough economy makes this a poor time to try health care reform.

Obama’s Health Care Plans: ‘this Year … This Administration’
December 11, 2008

 Obama on Health Care: "This Year ... This Administration" At the Chicago press conference, Obama just gave the clearest signal yet that he intends to make health care reform a top priority. After running through the litany of familiar problems--rising costs, faltering coverage, poor quality--he vowed to tackle the problem "this year and in this administration." Afterwards, he confronted head-on the argument that the rough economy makes this a poor time to try health care reform.

Obama On Health Care: "this Year ... This Administration"
December 11, 2008

At the Chicago press conference, Obama just gave the clearest signal yet that he intends to make health care reform a top priority. After running through the litany of familiar problems--rising costs, faltering coverage, poor quality--he vowed to tackle the problem "this year and in this administration." Afterwards, he confronted head-on the argument that the rough economy makes this a poor time to try health care reform. He noted that economic insecurity and our health care crisis our inextricably linked.

Daschle To Be Named Hhs Secretary (officially)
December 10, 2008

Barack Obama will be holding a press conference in Chicago on Thursday. And it's safe bet that most of the political world will be watching to hear Obama give his first extended remarks about the Rod Blagojevich scandal. But Obama will be making news of another sort, too: He will, according to transition sources, make official the appointment of former Senator Tom Daschle as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. And while that's not exactly news--sources had fingered Daschle as the likely nominee some time ago--Obama's broader statements about health care will be.

Education Reformers Get A Lobbying Lesson
December 08, 2008

In an article this week, I discuss Linda Darling-Hammond's leadership of Obama's education policy team and how the Stanford professor's role is upsetting many in the education reform community, which has aggressive views about how to improve schools. Today, a leading member of that community explained how reformers are pressing (or, at least, trying to press) the incoming administration to select one of their own as secretary of education. As it turns out, they're not very good at it.

Mississippi Is For . . . Education?
December 02, 2008

Marc Ambinder reports that of the six people Obama's considering for secretary of education, two are from Mississippi--Ray Mabus and Ronnie Musgrove. Which made me wonder: Education? Mississippi? Really? Sure enough, this report card that was put together in 2007 by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for American Progress ranked Mississippi second-to-last, above only D.C., when it came to education. So what gives? Is there something positive going on in public education in Mississippi that would result in two people from its state being finalists for Secretary of Education?

Kmiec To The Vatican?
November 24, 2008

Michael Sean Winters has an interesting post up arguing for Doug Kmiec as Obama's ambassador to the Holy See. Kmiec, a professor at Pepperdine University, was a senior official in the Reagan and Bush justice departments and has strong pro-life credentials. He was also, as it happens, a vocal Obama supporter who wrote a book about why even conservative, pro-life Catholics could embrace him. P.S. Winters also has an intriguing pick for secretary of labor. --Noam Scheiber

Health Care To The Max: Baucus Plan Out (updated)
November 12, 2008

As reported in this week's edition, Max Baucus and his staff at the Senate Finance Committee have been working on health care reform since the beginning of summer. Today, he will publish a preliminary outline of what he has in mind. Afterwards, he plans to resume discussions with Senator Ted Kennedy and his staff at the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. They still hope to produce one joint bill, although--as Ezra Klein noted--tensions over committee turf may get in the way. What will Baucus propose?

Obama Channels Michael Pollan
October 23, 2008

You don't see this everyday. Obama chats with Time's Joe Klein and serves up some critical thinking on food policy, laying out the web of incentives and subsidies that distort our agricultural system: I was just reading an article in The New York Times by Michael Pollen about food and the fact that our entire agricultural system is built on cheap oil. As a consequence, our agriculture sector actually is contributing more greenhouse gases than our transportation sector.

Run Like It's 1932
October 10, 2008

WASHINGTON--Hope versus fear, new versus old: Barack Obama and John McCain have placed their bets. These are the terms on which the 2008 presidential campaign will be decided. That's why it's unfair for political bystanders to attack Obama and McCain for offering few specifics as to how they'd fix an ailing economy.

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