Politics

The Evangelist

Jim Gilliam of NationBuilder says his software will "democratize democracy." So why do many of his progressive friends consider him a traitor? 

Will Republican Moderates Really Allow the Government to Reopen?

If Boehner gives them the chance to vote, they could save the day. Or maybe they won't.

The Power of No

Why liberal Democrats in Congress, despite being greater in number, have nothing like the power of Tea Party conservatives. 

The She-covery that Wasn't

Women may have more jobs than ever, but should we be applauding record gains in low-wage employment when gender discrimination and the pay gap persist?

The Conflicted Gay Pioneer

Donald Webster Cory's 1951 landmark book, The Homosexual in America, inspired early activists. Then he disavowed its message. 

A New York State of Self-Esteem

The city's program to improve girls’ body image could actually work.

The Debt-Ceiling Crisis to End All Debt-Ceiling Crises

Obama hasn't made any demands up until now. Maybe it's time he did.

The Myth of Obamacare's Bad Sales Job

Some liberals think the Affordable Care Act is unpopular because Barack Obama didn't do a good job selling it. Here are the five reasons that's wrong.

Dancing with the Shutdown Spin that Brought You

When the shutdown is over and the victors are proclaimed, remember that narratives and messaging aren’t to thank. They were set to win before this war even started.

The New Pornographers

"Revenge porn" is a growing form of online harassment, and state lawmakers are beginnging to take notice. The Prospect talks to one legal expert on what can be done to curb the phenomenon. 

Would You Let a Robot Watch You Undress?

You should probably decide before you buy your first autonomous mechanical domestic servant.

Leave Boehner Alone!

Maybe if Harry Reid gives the speaker a little breathing room, he'll do the right thing.

America's Neediest Families Are About to Run Out of Money

Federal money that goes to the states to provide cash and job training assistance to the nation's poorest is drying out because of the shutdown. That's a huge problem. 

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Pray

Public prayer before a football game is clearly unconstitutional. So why do schools keep doing it?

The Cruelty of Republican States in One Chart

The states rejecting the expansion of Medicaid are the ones that already make it the hardest for poor people to get insured.

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