Politics

Senator Talks for Hours, While in Real World, Things Proceed According to Plan

On one side, a futile gesture of resistance; on the other, evidence that things will probably work out fine.

Obama’s Foreign-Policy Realism

Will peacemaking with radical Islamist regimes be a net gain for international stability?

The Conversation: What’s the Best Way to Die?

A doctor and a journalist wrestle with our health-care system’s troubled relationship with death.

Historical Analogies, From Wrong to Awful

There's more to it than just refraining from Nazi comparisons (though that isn't a bad place to start).

Arcane Senate Rules Will Save the Country (Maybe)

A path to avoid a government shutdown and allow Republicans to save face emerges.

Life Takes Visa—Except If You Want to Buy Pot

Momentum for marijuana legalization is growing, but dispensary owners still can’t take credit cards or open a bank account.

Me, Myself, and Netanyahu

The Israeli leader's positions on Syria and Iran are riddled with contradictions.

The Real Origin of "Clinton Fatigue"

There are plenty of reasons you could oppose a Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy. But if you've got "Clinton fatigue," your problem may be an emotional one with its roots in the 2008 Obama campaign.

The Arbitrary Nature of Media Attention

Should we be paying so much attention to the likes of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?

Can Republicans Buck the Tea Party?

While Congress has done its darndest to kill the Affordable Care Act, Republican governors in some swing states have taken a lead in pushing for Medicaid expansion.

The Strategy that Dare Not Speak Its Name

A new book from Ken Pollack unpacks the potential ways the United States could move forward with Iran, and why containment may be the least bad option we have.

Rick Perry Deserves a Second Chance, Thinks Rick Perry

Everyone who runs for president and fails thinks they could do it better the second time around.

The Day after Shutdown

Well, that happened. Here's the step-by-step guide to how Congress and the White House end this mess.

The Finger of Blame Points Only One Way

Republicans are going to try to convince Americans that a government shutdown would be Barack Obama's fault. No one will believe them.

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