Politics

When Giving It the Old College Try Fails

Almost half of Americans drop out of college and are left with debt. Is it time for a bigger investment in vocational training for young people? 

Why Supersized CEO Pay Is the Worst—in Three Charts

Unpacking the data that highlights all the problems with executive paychecks.

Total Eclipse of the Fetal Heart

The Ohio state legislature is about to debate an extremely restrictive abortion bill. Again.

Heroes "Without Rank or Wealth or Title or Fame"

To commemorate Martin Luther King's great speech, Barack Obama focuses on the ordinary people whose names America doesn't know.

No Empire Strikes Back

The days of unilateral imperial action are gone—American power is not enough to solve the conflicts in Egypt and Syria.  

It's Alive!

The Tea Party just keeps going and going.

Let's Avoid the Fog of War

The benefits of a U.S. military strike against Syria don't outweigh the costs.

Nikki Giovanni Remembers 1963 with a New Poem

New work from a legendary writer in honor of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary, and a conversation on growing up during the civil-rights movement

The Six Months That Made the Sixties

The March on Washington marked the beginning of a tumultuous half-year whose events would shape the decade's legacy. 

Not That There's Anything Wrong with That

A candidate who wants you to know that he is absolutely, definitely not gay.

Bill Kristol Is Getting the Band Back Together

The people who brought you the Iraq War are now urging that we get bombing Syria. What could possibly go wrong?

The Chemical-Weapon Taboo and America's Next War

There may be little rational reason for the taboo on chemical weapons. But it's leading us into a new military engagement anyway.

Freedom Fighters—the Next Generation

 An interview with Phillip Agnew, executive director of the Florida-based civil-rights group, the Dream Defenders.

Brian Sims Wants to Fix Pennsylvania

The state's first openly gay state representative talks the Russian Olympics boycott, the war on women, and where progressives are about to make headway.

Rights, Obligations, and Ignorant Libertarians

Turns out you can be a libertarian and not actually have spent any time thinking about those big ideas!

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