Politics

Photo Essay: Moral Mondays' Potent Symbols and Creative Actions

So far in the 2014 North Carolina legislative session, lawmakers have witnessed weekly actions: a silent protest, a sit-in in the Speaker's office, and prayerful bread-breaking by the activists of the Moral Monday movement, chronicled here in a photo essay.

Meet the Billionaire Brothers You Never Heard of Who Fund the Religious Right

The Wilks brothers, whose fortune comes from fracking, give tens of millions to right-wing groups and anti-choice "pregnancy centers," anti-LGBT groups, and organizations affiliated with ALEC.

Israel Elects a One-State President

Newly elected President Reuven Rivlin may mistakenly be seen as a symbol of new and surprising support for the idea that the only possible democratic outcome for Israelis and Palestinians is a binational state. But the one-staters of the right aren't at all interested in binationalism.

Moral Mondays: Capitol Showdown

Fifteen protesters have a breakthrough night in North Carolina's long-running budget battles.

Why Did Bowe Bergdahl Walk Away?

The former prisoner of war may be no hero, but his walking into the night armed with only a knife raises questions about his state of mind.

Eric Cantor Defeated and Nothing Changes -- Not Even Prospects for Immigration Reform

Yes, immigration reform is probably dead for now. But it was probably dead yesterday, even before Cantor was vanquished.

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Rethinking 'Zero Tolerance'

A new approach to discipline seeks to keep kids in school and, ultimately, out of prison. In one high school, the number of serious incidents of misbehavior plummeted 60 percent, after the start of a "restorative justice" program.

The Three Curses Faced By Democrats -- And How to Lift Them

In creating a better political future, it is better to be cursed with youth than blessed with age.

Twelve Years Later, Hillary Clinton Still Struggles to Explain Her Iraq War Vote

Why she said what she did, and what she could have said instead.

New Film About Liberal Gadfly Gore Vidal Totally Misses the Point

Gore Vidal rejoiced in making his readers' lives more complicated by baring the power drives underneath our political pieties. The United States of Amnesia does him, and its audience, no justice.

Progressives Win Big In Democratic Congressional Primaries

This week's Democratic congressional primaries amounted to a Progressive Super Tuesday. And it is the latest chapter in a larger story we’ve seen play out in American politics since the Wall Street economic wreck.

How Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park

Ever since the Occupy movement hit the streets, an explosion of worker unrest—especially among Walmart employees, workers at fast-food chains, janitors, and hospital workershas shaped the political life of America's cities.

The Inexorable March of Big Government Health Care

Nearly two in five Americans now get their health coverage through the federal government, and there's almost nothing conservatives can do about it.

Does Obama Have a Foreign Policy Doctrine? (Let's Hope Not)

A doctrine is what you need when you'd rather not be bothered to understand too much about any country we have to deal with or any situation we confront.

Why You Should Be Worried About Missouri's Extreme Abortion Bill

When every state is a battlefield in the war on women, every state counts.

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