Politics

Television Still Hugely Profitable, Also Dying

Digital video is catching up to TV, but brings in only a tiny fraction of the revenue.

Paul Ryan: A Poor Man's Savior of the Poor

The House Budget chair released his cherry-picked report on the state of poverty-prevention programs on Monday. Here's what he overlooked. 

Hey Bert, Is This Thing Loaded?

How often are Americans shooting themselves by accident? We explain—with charts!

Conservatives Condemn Weak Weakness of Weakling Obama

Did we mention that they're saying he's weak? Well they are. Weak, weak, weak.

The Left, Viewed from Space

In an essay in Harpers, political scientist Adolph Reed Jr. looks at the American left, missing most current events but getting some of the big picture right. 

The Infinite Circle of Black Responsibility

Bill O'Reilly is convinced that if only Kanye West would sing some Bing Crosby tunes, we could achieve a racial utopia.

The Citizens United of the Culture Wars

Anti-gay discrimination laws like the one vetoed in Arizona this week now seem dead on arrival, but gay-rights supporters could be blindsided by the courts.

The Political Failure Behind the Healthcare.gov Debacle

The site is working well now, so it's time for those whose lack of insight led to the disaster to be held to account.

The Revolt of the Elites

The Republican establishment beats back the Tea Party on Arizona's anti-gay bill. So how important is this event?

Will Iraq Break a U.N. Arms Embargo On Iran?

A reported deal between the countries once again reveals how American politicians who supported the Iraq invasion refuse to take responsibility for the fallout.

Who Cares About Clarence Thomas's Silence?

Criticisms of the Supreme Court justice should focus on merit, not trivia questions about when the last time he asked a question during oral arguments was. 

The Scourge of the Businessman Politician

Republicans are counting on a bunch of novices who were successful in arenas outside politics to win them back the Senate, which is good news for Democrats.

In Shocker, GOP Proposes Cutting Taxes For the Wealthy

Don't believe the baloney about "tax simplification." 

Should We Call the Midwife?

How best to give birth is a topic of perennial interest—a conversation between Prospect staffers who stand on different sides of the home birth debate.

Should We Call the Midwife?

How best to give birth is a topic of perennial interest—a conversation between Prospect staffers who stand on different sides of the home birth debate.

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