Politics

Between a Rock and a Polling Place

President Obama's numbers are pretty unimpressive. Building an excellent website or leading better are unlikely to fix them.

Who’s on First? Under Boehner, It’s Always the Senate.

Forget about the Hastert Rule. The House speaker has his own, which is going to make it difficult for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and a handful of other legislation to pass.

Obamacare Expansion in the Offing?

If Republicans are going to cry about people losing junk insurance, take the opportunity to expand the ACA.

Rob Ford's Tragedy, Our Shame

There's no question the Toronto mayor is unfit for office, but the way our culture treats addicts in the public eye is downright embarrassing.

Twitter Is Neither Our Salvation Nor Our Doom

Don't believe the hype, or the dire prophesies either.

"Religious Liberty": The Next Big Front in the Culture Wars

With historic anti-discrimination legislation advancing through Congress, religious conservatives look for wiggle room.

A Church Basement Revival without the God Part

Even if you can start a religion that prominently features Bon Jovi songs, should you?

George W. Bush Prepares to Offend Millions of Jews, Probably without Realizing It

Somebody needs to clue Dubya in about how Jews are going to feel about this.

Things Are Looking Up for the Left

There were lots of reasons for liberals to celebrate the 2013 elections.

Fruits of Republican Folly

Public support of the GOP has dipped sharply, but it falls to the Democrats to find a way to take advantage of the moment. 

Be Our Guest Worker

A look at the uncertain existence of the legal migrant farmworkers that the agricultural industry relies on for cheap labor. 

From White Collars to Pink Slips

Americans have been told that a college education will help them avoid the fate of workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas. A new report pours water on that idea.

Disastrous Obamacare Rollout Leaves Opinions on Law Weirdly Unchanged

It went as bad as conservatives could have wished, but the public's opinion on the law is just where it was before.

Rand Paul Grudgingly Gives In to Haters Demanding He Not Plagiarize

The oppression of liberty-loving future presidential candidates never ends.

12 Years a Female Slave—Not Coming to a Theatre Near You

We can't fully understand American slavery and its legacy without mining the diversity of enslaved experience in scholarship as well as film.

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