From Their Cold Dead Hands

A year after Newtown, almost nothing has changed.

Mandela on the Campaign Trail

A memory of Nelson Mandela's presidential campaign, from his former pollster.

The Year in Preview: The First Amendment Takes Center Stage

Can we look forward to another year of less than wonderful decisions from the Roberts Court?

Out of Birth Control—At Least the Long-Term Kind

Lots of women are getting free birth control, thanks to Obamacare. But there are still glitches in the system.

Conservative Anger Over Budget Deal Now Purely to Save Face

The Tea Party may not be irrelevant, but for the moment they've been defanged.

Michelle Obama Chases after Barack with a Rolling Pin

Presidential selfies, sitcom stereotypes, and the First Marriage.

The Year in Preview: Taking the Offensive on Reproductive Rights

What can blue-state legislators do to expand abortion rights for their constituents?

Americans Suddenly Discovering How Insurance Works

Did you know that if you never get sick, you'll pay more in premiums than you'll get in benefits? Damn those lucky duckies with cancer!

NBC's Big Fat Gay Mistake

The network's half-hearted attempts to appear gay-friendly while broadcasting the Sochi Olympics only underscore its complicity with the Kremlin's crackdown on LGBT rights and freedom of the press.

The Year in Preview: Post-Preclearance Voter Protection

Handicapping the big fights yet to be waged for voting rights

The Year in Preview: There Will Be Gaffes

Games will be changed, mean things will be said, and people will most certainly be outraged.

The White House Press Corps Is as Mad as Hell: A Reprise

Reporters have always had gripes about the access afforded them by the White House. Do they have more reason for complaint now than ever?

Sanctions Hawks Losing the Plot

The American public supports the Iran deal. Why won’t Congress?

Conservatives Struggle with Mandela Tributes

And even the most anodyne acknowledgements of his passing bring out the troglodytes.

Presidential Primaries and Ideological Satisficing

Democratic voters aren't going to be looking for the most liberal candidate, just the candidate who's liberal enough.