Politics

Perverting the State of Our Union

Tea Partiers mean no good to the country that the rest of us believe in, because they regard the country that the rest of us believe in as no good.

The Task Rabbit Economy

At the rate things are going, tens of millions of us could end up as temps, contract employees, call-center operators, and the like. 

Is the Shutdown Creating a Dystopic Political Future?

It could win Democrats the White House in 2016. But don't get too excited.

How the Crisis Ends

What are the odds on the different outcomes? 

De-Kochifying the Dance

Why New York should take David Koch’s name off a Lincoln Center theater

McCutcheon, the Next Victory for the 1 Percent

McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission looks set to be another win for the right and the rich, based on yesterday's oral arguments.

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.

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