Politics

Stress, Poverty, and the Childhood Reading Gap

A recent study adds to the mounting pile of evidence that a child's early years are critical for determining later academic success. Poor kids are falling far behind. 

The Death of Dog-Whistle Politics

In today's media environment, every message you send to your base gets heard by everyone. That's a problem for the GOP.

Michael Sam, "Distraction"

Claims by anonymous officials that Sam will bring negative PR to the NFL are functionally and morally indistinguishable from simple bigotry.

The Ink-Stained Wretches of Wall Street

Dean Starkman's The Watchdog That Didn't Bark and the failures of the media during the financial crash. 

Liberals, Conservatives, and the Meaning of Work

It appears that those who talk so much about "economic freedom" aren't too happy when ordinary people have more choices.

Horrible Bosses

Some employers are defending their cuts to employee wages and benefits by blaming the Obamacare bogeyman. That's just plain hogwash. 

Chattanooga Showdown

If workers vote to join a union at Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant this week, they’ll be changing America’s labor relations for the better

A Mighty Shout in North Carolina

The Moral Monday movement entered its second year with a bang on Saturday. But can it channel that upbeat energy to reverse a conservative tide?

Where the Heart Is

Should we care if a senator doesn't own a home in his home state?

The Police Can't Wait to Get Their Hands On Augmented Reality

The NYPD is figuring out what it can do with Google Glass. Eventually, cops everywhere will have something like it.

The Conversation: Elizabeth Kolbert and Bill McKibben

Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, and McKibben, founder of 350.org, discuss raising awareness about environmental catastrophe.

If You're Tired of a Politician, It Just Means You Don't Like Them

 There are plenty of reasons you might not want to vote for Hillary Clinton, but being "tired" of her is about the worst.

Why Obama Should Take a Cue from Gerald Ford on Crack Pardons

A '70s-style clemency board could free thousands still serving unjust crack sentences—and restore faith in presidential pardons

Pipeline or Pipe Bomb?

Six points national security agencies reviewing Keystone XL should consider as they decide whether or not the pipeline is in the national interest.

Your Next Member of Congress Is Extremely Unlikely to Transform Washington

Everybody says they're going to change the way business is done if they get elected, and nobody ever does.

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