Politics

The Police Can't Wait to Get Their Hands On Augmented Reality

The NYPD is figuring out what it can do with Google Glass. Eventually, cops everywhere will have something like it.

The Conversation: Elizabeth Kolbert and Bill McKibben

Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and McKibben, founder of 350.org, discuss raising awareness about environmental catastrophe.

If You're Tired of a Politician, It Just Means You Don't Like Them

 There are plenty of reasons you might not want to vote for Hillary Clinton, but being "tired" of her is about the worst.

Why Obama Should Take a Cue from Gerald Ford on Crack Pardons

A '70s-style clemency board could free thousands still serving unjust crack sentences—and restore faith in presidential pardons

Pipeline or Pipe Bomb?

Six points national security agencies reviewing Keystone XL should consider as they decide whether or not the pipeline is in the national interest.

Your Next Member of Congress Is Extremely Unlikely to Transform Washington

Everybody says they're going to change the way business is done if they get elected, and nobody ever does.

Frankly Scarlett, You Should Give a Damn

A starlet can be ignorant of politics, but Netanyahu is willfully twisting the words of EU and American leaders on the settlements boycott issue.

Republicans Are Really, Really Bad at Hostage Negotiations

If you're Barack Obama or Nancy Pelosi, another fight over the debt ceiling actually looks like a great idea.

Is Chris Christie Being Treated Unfairly?

Every little thing anybody associated with him is being scrutinized. But that's the price of playing in the big leagues.

What's a Responsible, Progressive Position on an Israeli Settlements Boycott?

The recent Scarlett Johansson/SodaStream controversy highlights the need to be clear about end goals. 

The Moment of Creation

Do America’s current challenges in the Middle East trace back to Harry Truman’s 1948 missteps?  

Affordable Care Act Gives Workers Freedom; Republicans Enraged

Some Americans will leave the labor force when they can do so and still have health insurance. And it's a good thing.

Could Postal Banking Be the Next Big Thing?

It would free the poor from the exploitation of payday lenders, shore up the Postal Service, and not cost taxpayers a dime. 

Why Anti-Choicers Can’t Take Credit for the Falling Abortion Rate

A new study shows that birth control is actually responsible.

Heat or Something to Eat? New SNAP Rules Might Force Poor Families to Choose

The new Farm Bill, which goes before the Senate today, proposes to cut a program that gives assistance to the neediest. 

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