Politics

It's Hard Out There for a Minority Leader

Why national leaders can struggle to get re-elected back home.

Will North Carolina's Abortion Restrictions Backfire on the GOP?

Republican lawmakers and governors in other moderate states might want to watch closely.

The Least We Could Pay

What efforts to raise the minimum wage would and wouldn't accomplish.

Should Rape Porn Be Banned?

Given that consumption of "extreme" pornography does not lead to real-world violence, outlawing it only sends the message that those who enjoy it—including women—are deviant.

Big Pharma's Private War on Drugs

Pharmacy robberies have spiked in large part thanks to illegal demand for OxyContin. A look inside the drugmaker's efforts to protect its product and the pharmacists at the front lines.

Not Much, But Better than Nothing

Yes, the bargain Obama offered Republicans was doomed even before he put it out. But what else is he supposed to do?

Going Rogue for Marriage Equality

Defying Pennsylvania law, Montgomery County's register of wills has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Will this bold move help or hurt the cause?

The Reality of Our Race-Based Achievement Gap

A new study finds that drops in white student achievement often lead to the passage of "teacher quality" bills. Not so much when it comes to dips in black student achievement.

On Abortion, a Tale of Two Countries

Don't be fooled by the 20-week abortion bans. It's really about the other provisions, the ones that would make abortion all but illegal state-by-state.

Fighting Florida's School-to-Prison Pipeline

Protesters occupying the Florida Capitol in memory of Trayvon Martin want to change school policies that disproportionately suspend black students and often end in arrest.

Young Detroiters Double Down

Amid the city’s deepening financial woes, natives recommit to revitalizing their community.

Iowa's High-Tech Abortion Battle

Will anti-choice groups shut down the nation’s largest telemedicine abortion program?

Pot vs. Booze: The Battle Begins

Is this a good argument for pro-legalization advocates to make?

Strikes, Alliances, and Survival

Fast-food workers walk today, while the AFL-CIO tries to build something bigger.

The Filner Scandal Isn't a "Sex Scandal"

It's crucial not to conflate consensual and nonconsensual actions together into a single catch-all category of "sex scandals."

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