Politics

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.

Is de Blasio Copping Out Already?

The Mayor-elect's police commish pick could augur less than progressive things for New York City's future.

Over-Interpreting Mundane Poll Results

There's nothing special about the drop in Obama's approval ratings among young people.

Rewarding Reduced Crime Rates—Not Mass Incarceration

A new Brennan Center report offers advice on how to deal with the United States' prison disaster.

Bishops May Not Be the Crooks This Time

The ACLU is suing Catholic leadership over a hospital's mishandling of a high-risk pregnancy. But is it really their fault?

On Inequality, Obama's Words Aren't Enough

Inequality has been increasing for nearly 40 years. And the president hasn't been able to do much about it.

With God on His Side

Mark Pryor gets super-Christian in his new ad. Should you be displeased?

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