Politics

The Clear-Eyed Utopianism of Ellen Willis

One of her work's most salutary effects is its reminder that to cut yourself off from utopian impulses is to die a little.

Why Republicans Should Go Ahead and Raise Money Off Benghazi

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, politicos gotta politicize. Don't hate the player, hate the game.

Cannes Looks a Lot Like Hollywood: The Power Belongs to Men

At the glamorous French film festival, as at the Oscars, women directors are hard to find. 

Clinton Derangement Syndrome Will Soon Be Back

And it could be one of Hillary Clinton's greatest political assets.

Seattle's $15 Minimum Wage Agreement: Collective Bargaining Reborn?

If Seattle's agreement sticks, SEIU's David Rolf and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray can claim credit for devising a form of collective bargaining that benefits workers with no ties whatever to unions.

White House Action on Campus Sexual Violence: For Me, It's Personal

At first I thought that it was my own fault that the school did not care enough to do anything; I wondered if I was a perfect enough victim to warrant any concern.

Supreme Court: Tear Down This Wall!

Yesterday's ruling in Greece v. Galloway is an affront to religious equality, but it also reflects the poisoned fruit of a bad precedent.

Why Cultural Affinity Isn't Enough

"Vote for me, because gunsgunsguns!" may win you some supporters, but it has its limits even in a GOP primary.

Guillotine Revival Movement Gains Momentum

Our search for "humane" methods of execution isn't about sparing the condemned from suffering, it's about convincing ourselves we're not barbarians.

Time for Democrats to Stop Celebrating Andrew Jackson

Democrats have rightly condemned the racist name of Washington, D.C.'s NFL team. So why do they continue to name their fundraising dinners after the president who presided over the genocide of Native Americans?

Could a Clinton Candidacy Give Us a Healthy Debate About Sexism?

She's been surprisingly willing to talk about it, given how afraid politicians usually are of coming off like victims.

The Best Way to Deal With Putin? Take It Slow

With few good options to addressing Russia's moves on Ukraine, the West needs keep larger goals in mind.

Will the Fourth Amendment Go Mobile? SCOTUS and the Fate of 21st Century Privacy

If the Supreme Court upholds a police officer's right to search your smartphone without a warrant, the door is opened to the use of arrests on petty offenses to justify fishing expeditions of those computers we carry in our pockets.

Are Liberal Mega-Donors Just As Bad As Conservative Mega-Donors?

Examining the arguments on spending, motives, and results.

Kerry's 'Apartheid' Gambit a Bigger Deal in U.S. Than in Israel

A good leaker, like a good spy, glories in anonymity.

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