Politics

The Politics of Polarization: Not as Simple as They Seem

Too often, journalists talk about this phenomenon as though it were symmetrical, with Republicans and Democrats moving away from the center at roughly the same rate. But that's just not true.

The Unbearable Whiteness of Liberal Media

If left-leaning publications value diversity, why don't they have any?

Koch Brothers Struggle Against Misconception That They Care About the Wealthy

It's hard to convince voters your policies are all about helping the less fortunate if you're simultaneously heaping contempt on them.

Meet Trey Gowdy, GOP Benghazi Attack Dog

Watch his YouTube videos and you'll understand why John Boehner picked him to lead the Benghazi select committee.

What a Real Propaganda Campaign Looks Like

As the Republicans' scandal calliope winds up, this is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of what happened just a little over a decade ago, even as memories fade.

The Bitter Truth about the Settlements

How can talks succeed when, throughout the negotiations, Israel is building on the very land that would comprise a Palestinian state?

The Difference Between Liberal Justices and Conservative Justices

Both kinds of justices take into account whether they're sympathetic to the plaintiff, not just what the Constitution demands. But a new study shows "in-group bias" much more in evidence among the conservatives.

Tragedy, Privation and Hope: Joy Boothe's Inspiring Journey to Moral Monday

Horrifically orphaned and raised with prejudice, she built a house and a new life with her own hands. Now hers are among many building a movement for justice.

Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now

At the U.N., Abbas's use of the word "genocide" made the Israeli leader's work easier.

In Political System Disconnected From Society's Ills, Remedies Pushed to Fringes of Public Debate

No mainstream politician will talk about real solutions, for fear of being ridiculed.

When the Next Terrorist Attack Comes, Will We Be Capable of Keeping Our Heads?

As we start a new war, it's worth considering the question now.

At Religious Right Gathering, Dubious Plan Emerges for Recapturing the Presidency

At the Values Voter Summit, politicians were told that the path to victory is in promoting issues that turn out to alienate young people and women.

Black Wealth On TV: Realities Don’t Match Perceptions

African Americans make up 13 percent of the U.S. population, but have less than 3 percent of total wealth.

City Coffers, Not Police Budgets, Hit Hard By the High Cost of Brutality

If settlements for police misconduct on citizens came out of the funding for police, incidents of abuse would be reduced, experts say.

Henry McCollum’s Innocence and the Stakes for Death Row Inmates in a Red State

When North Carolina's Republican lawmakers repealed the Racial Justice Act, those on death row who were wrongfully convicted lost a crucial tool for getting a second chance.

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