Politics

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. 

Left Grovels to Right, Achieves Nothing

Why would President Obama give a Super Bowl-day interview to Bill O'Reilly?

It's Lonely At the Top

Will Republicans ever realize that deifying business owners is bad politics?

Thwarting Big Brother

Every new development in surveillance creates an opportunity for someone to create clever products to thwart it.

No, We Aren't Getting Closer to Immigration Reform

The fundamental dynamic hasn't changed: the national GOP may want reform, but it isn't in individual members' interests.

Ain't Nothing But a Vagina Thing

A feminist debate erupts on Twitter over whether women unifying over their shared body parts excludes trans people.

Reports of Obama's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Don't leave his presidency for dead just yet. 

Remembering What Matters About the Affordable Care Act

Politics are important, but what really counts is the effect it's having on people's lives. And there, the news is pretty good.

American Know-How Fails

You'd think if there's anything we'd be good at, it's executions. So why can't we come up with a reliable and painless way to kill a man?

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