Politics

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.

Michael Bay Blows Up Detroit

What does the film industry's relationship with the bankrupt city say about Detroit's future?

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, Find Out What It Means to the Tea Party

Congressional conservatives make clear they need to save face.

The Wendy Davis Scouting Report

How does the new prospect look going into her first big-league season?

Why Liberals Love TV's Fictional Conservatives

ABC's Scandal makes us root for a fundamentally despicable version of American democracy led by a cabal of corrupt Republicans run amok. Should we feel guilty? 

Outrage-Based Media and the Specter of False Racism Charges

If you're a consumer of conservative talk, you're apparently sure that arguing with liberals inevitably means being called a racist.

What Happens to Conservatism When the Obamacare War Is Over?

Over the last four years, Obamacare swallowed conservatism whole. Where will they go now?

Racing to Run a City without a Motor

Unpacking the Detroit mayoral race, where the two Democratic candidates are duking it out for the chance to lead under emergency manager Keyvn Orr’s shadow.

Eric Holder's Big Voting-Rights Gamble

The attorney general is challenging North Carolina's restrictive voting law, along with Texas's—is he taking the logical course of action, or going double or nothing?

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