Politics

The Fire in Mitt's Belly

A new book reports that Mitt Romney didn't want to run for president in 2012.

GOP Might Just Stick with This "Party of White People" Thing

It's not completely crazy. But they could be screwed either way.

Putin Loves Me, Putin Loves Me Not

A conversation with the author of a new book about the Russian president, touching on fomenting dissent in the country, Syria, and the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Murky Language Puts Homes Underwater

Banks around the country are exploiting a loophole to foreclose on homes that shouldn't be in the crosshairs. 

A Good Day For Hotel Workers

Long at odds, UNITE HERE and the Hyatt chain reach a deal that will enable workers to unionize

A Fiercely Anti-Choice Ohio GOP Redefines "Pregnancy" to Mean "Not-Pregnancy"

... and launches a huge attack on reproductive choice.

The Cruel Math of Immigration Reform in the House

There just aren't that many Republicans with both the inclination and the incentive to vote for comprehensive reform.

The Religious Right's Terms of Surrender

Conservative intellectuals have accepted that gay marriage is inevitable, and are asking what the future holds for its opponents.

Class-Based Affirmative Action Is Not the Answer

Economic diversity is just as irrelevant to actual equality as racial diversity has been.

 

Bright Kids, Small City

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has long been the sort of place where you grew up and got out. But with fewer opportunities elsewhere, many young people are choosing to stay.

Four Lessons Learned from This Year's Stuffed Supreme Court Docket

Civil rights, affirmative action, same-sex marriage—it was a big year for the country's high court in 2013. Here are the things you should take away. 

Christian Employers Claim Their Religion Puts Them Above the Law

Should you be exempt from any law you claim violates your religious beliefs? Welcome to the next fight over Obamacare.

A Queer History

My journey from radical to mainstream and married

Is the World Facing the Next Pandemic?

A new deadly respiratory disease out of the Middle East is making the World Health Organization plenty nervous.  

Cuddly Robots to Make Life in the Nursing Home Tolerable

Turns out that even a glorified stuffed animal, if it gives us a little interactivity, can make us feel better.

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