Politics

A Taxonomy of Torture Defenses

The people who created, executed, and continue to defend the torture program don't want history to declare them the villains of this story. But that's what they are.

Can Democrats Win In the South by Being More Liberal?

How Mary Landrieu's loss should change the conversation

Whose Civil War Is Worse?

Both Democrats and Republicans have their internal arguments, but the GOP's sure look more intense.

Does Jeb Bush Understand His Party?

A refusal to pander may sound principled, but it isn't going to win you the Iowa caucus.

Jim Webb's Nostalgia For a Pre-Diversity Democratic Party

He's (probably) running for president to make the party more than a collection of "interest groups." But what is he actually proposing?

The Carson Campaign Is Coming

Ben Carson is actually running for president, and he's going to be in it for the long haul. 

A Modest Proposal: The Universal Christmas Bonus

It is  wrong that we have economic institutions that leave many parents with resources so inadequate that they cannot buy things for their children. Why not help them out and pump money back into the economy?

Congressional GOP Leaders Figure Out How to Temporarily Tame Conservative Beast

Symbolism now, a battle delayed, and as always, a healthy dose of kabuki.

Is Obama Bold Enough For You Now?

All the criticisms of him for being too "passive" were just a cover for substantive disagreement.

In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

But rest assured, He'll be talking to the candidates soon.

Why There Won't Be Any Grand Immigration Confrontation Between Obama and Republicans

They're enraged now. But don't be surprised if this issue fades away.

Why Republicans Are So Mad About Obama's Immigration Order

It isn't about the substance, and it's only partly about presidential power.

Charticle: Good News About America (Really!)

The latest crime statistics show that the country continues to get safer.

How Republicans Are Learning to Love the Shutdown

Watch for a shift in their perspective, which is already underway.

Hillary Clinton's "Connection" to White Voters: What Could It Possibly Be?

Let's try to be honest about what we're talking about here.

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