Politics

The Revolt of the Elites

The Republican establishment beats back the Tea Party on Arizona's anti-gay bill. So how important is this event?

Will Iraq Break a U.N. Arms Embargo On Iran?

A reported deal between the countries once again reveals how American politicians who supported the Iraq invasion refuse to take responsibility for the fallout.

Who Cares About Clarence Thomas's Silence?

Criticisms of the Supreme Court justice should focus on merit, not trivia questions about when the last time he asked a question during oral arguments was. 

The Scourge of the Businessman Politician

Republicans are counting on a bunch of novices who were successful in arenas outside politics to win them back the Senate, which is good news for Democrats.

In Shocker, GOP Proposes Cutting Taxes For the Wealthy

Don't believe the baloney about "tax simplification." 

Should We Call the Midwife?

How best to give birth is a topic of perennial interest—a conversation between Prospect staffers who stand on different sides of the home birth debate.

Should We Call the Midwife?

How best to give birth is a topic of perennial interest—a conversation between Prospect staffers who stand on different sides of the home birth debate.

The Home Mortgage Business, Where Cheaters Always Seem to Prosper

A company used by big Wall Street banks for loan servicing is awful at its job; now it's pulling some pre-crash malarkey on its investors. 

The Size of the Army Tells You Almost Nothing About Our Military Strength

Forget what you've heard about "the smallest Army since before World War II." 

No Credit For Trying

Data from Pew surveys show that when a party loses, its members think it was because it didn't stand up for its beliefs.

The ACA Can't Fix Our Mental Health Crisis

Even if you have insurance, there’s no guarantee you can find a psychiatrist who will take it.

Israel-Palestine Peace: A Hostage to History

Recent comments from Benjamin Netanyahu suggest that he wants to bring the messy topic of subjective historical narratives to the negotiating table. 

The Fatal Flaw in the Right's Latest Case Against Marriage Equality

They want to argue that gay people getting married would be bad for kids. But the best evidence they've paid for doesn't make the case, and there's a fundamental illogic in their position.

Roberts Was Wrong on Voter Rights

Let's not let him off the hook, please. 

Walking on Ukrainian Eggshells

Helping the biggest country on its frontier build a democracy will require Europe to invest some resources, not hold back its support. 

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