Politics

The Best Way to Deal With Putin? Take It Slow

With few good options to addressing Russia's moves on Ukraine, the West needs keep larger goals in mind.

Will the Fourth Amendment Go Mobile? SCOTUS and the Fate of 21st Century Privacy

If the Supreme Court upholds a police officer's right to search your smartphone without a warrant, the door is opened to the use of arrests on petty offenses to justify fishing expeditions of those computers we carry in our pockets.

Are Liberal Mega-Donors Just As Bad As Conservative Mega-Donors?

Examining the arguments on spending, motives, and results.

Kerry's 'Apartheid' Gambit a Bigger Deal in U.S. Than in Israel

A good leaker, like a good spy, glories in anonymity.

The Rich, Still Different From You and Me

We pretend that billionaires like Donald Sterling care about fines, just like we pretend they're displaying great character when they give away some money.

Who's Got the Political Will to Save the Middle Class?

The changes that are necessary to arrest this decline are so fundamental that they virtually require a new political order. 

The Politics of Pain

How do liberals and conservatives view suffering? Two leading experts discuss. 

The Conflicted Voter

Democrats are leading on issues, while Republicans are still likely to win in the fall. This is why we have to suffer through campaigns.

All of a Piece: Donald Sterling, Cliven Bundy and the Supreme Court of the United States

This past week has been hell for African Americans. So much for post-racialism.

Words, Ideas, Actions, and the Tangle of Race

As people from Cliven Bundy to Donald Sterling to Paul Ryan are finding out, sometimes language isn't really the problem.

For the U.S., Israel and Palestine: What's Plan B?

As a concept, the two-state solution is more broadly accepted than ever, even as achieving it seems more remote.

In Defense of Mitch McConnell--Sort Of

Maybe if we stopped expecting every candidate to promise us that they'll singlehandedly change Washington and politics and America, they'd stop doing it. McConnell may be onto something.

Pardon Me, Mr. President?

By appointing an advocate for defendants' rights as the new pardon attorney, the Obama administration has signaled it is serious about commuting drug offenses.

Walmart Does Something Good

By getting into money transfers, they'll offer low-income people a service with (slightly) more reasonable fees. Now why doesn't the Postal Service turn around and do the same thing?

With Cliven Bundy, the Right Is Reaping What It Sows

They may try to distance themselves from his racist comments, but they can't escape responsibility for him and people like him.

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