Politics

There's No Nate Silver in Middle Eastern Politics

Good luck predicting how the new set of Israel-Palestine peace talks will unfold.

Have We No Shame?

From Weiner to Filner to Zimmerman and beyond, public embarrassment for wrongs done seems to no longer exist.

The Rise and Fall of a "Scandal"

That IRS scandal turned out to be nothing. But most people will never realize it.

It's Hard Out There for a Minority Leader

Why national leaders can struggle to get re-elected back home.

Will North Carolina's Abortion Restrictions Backfire on the GOP?

Republican lawmakers and governors in other moderate states might want to watch closely.

The Least We Could Pay

What efforts to raise the minimum wage would and wouldn't accomplish.

Should Rape Porn Be Banned?

Given that consumption of "extreme" pornography does not lead to real-world violence, outlawing it only sends the message that those who enjoy it—including women—are deviant.

Big Pharma's Private War on Drugs

Pharmacy robberies have spiked in large part thanks to illegal demand for OxyContin. A look inside the drugmaker's efforts to protect its product and the pharmacists at the front lines.

Not Much, But Better than Nothing

Yes, the bargain Obama offered Republicans was doomed even before he put it out. But what else is he supposed to do?

Going Rogue for Marriage Equality

Defying Pennsylvania law, Montgomery County's register of wills has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Will this bold move help or hurt the cause?

The Reality of Our Race-Based Achievement Gap

A new study finds that drops in white student achievement often lead to the passage of "teacher quality" bills. Not so much when it comes to dips in black student achievement.

On Abortion, a Tale of Two Countries

Don't be fooled by the 20-week abortion bans. It's really about the other provisions, the ones that would make abortion all but illegal state-by-state.

Fighting Florida's School-to-Prison Pipeline

Protesters occupying the Florida Capitol in memory of Trayvon Martin want to change school policies that disproportionately suspend black students and often end in arrest.

Young Detroiters Double Down

Amid the city’s deepening financial woes, natives recommit to revitalizing their community.

Iowa's High-Tech Abortion Battle

Will anti-choice groups shut down the nation’s largest telemedicine abortion program?

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