Politics

The Nature of John Boehner's Problem

It's not just that his caucus is made up of ideological extremists, it's that they can't think strategically and don't care about legislating.

How House Republicans Neutered Themselves

By rejecting John Boehner's "Plan B," GOP legislators have severely limited their influence in dealing with the fiscal cliff.

Prostitution for the Price of a Happy Meal

Why food-stamp bans are perpetuating risky behaviors among America’s most vulnerable

The Problem's Guns—Not the Mentally Ill

Tracking everyone who could hypothetically go on a shooting spree would only discourage the mentally ill from seeking treatment.

Paying for Having Been Raped

Women in the military might finally, finally, be able to rely on their health insurance for abortion coverage in the case of rape or incest. 

Science versus the Courts

What role should government play in how doctors administer treatment?

It’s a Mad, Mad Michigan

Right-to-work legislation was only the beginning. State Republicans have an entire docket full of legislation set to limit rights.

The Liberal's Gift-Giving Guide

Put off holiday shopping for your left-leaning buddies? We've got you covered.

They're Just Not That into You

Jews are never going to vote for the GOP. So why do Republicans keep trying?

Where Public Opinion On Guns Is Headed

Things have changed because for the first time in years, we're getting an actual debate.

Debating the Chained CPI

Should Social Security cuts even be in the fiscal-cliff talks? An exchange with Robert Greenstein

Robert Bork: All Brain, No Heart

Despite his intellect, the former Supreme Court nominee lacked one quality any good judge must have: empathy.

Obama's Unwise, Unnecessary Concessions

The president can win the fiscal-cliff standoff by simply letting the Bush tax cuts expire and then passing a middle-class cut. Why instead is he negotiating with Republicans?

Robert Bork, Martyr of Incivility?

Despite the outcry Ted Kennedy's grilling of the former Supreme Court nominee sparked at the time, it almost certainly stopped Roe from being overturned.

Speaking Ill of the Dead

What do you say when someone you couldn't stand dies?

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