Let's Shut Down the Filibuster

Why it made sense for Democrats to take the risk of ending the filibuster on most nominations.

A Spine Is a Useful Thing to Have

Nice to see you fighting back, President Obama! 

How Conservatives Reacted to the Shutdown/Default Deal

Some were mad, some were resigned, and some seemed weirdly pleased.

How Liberals Should Feel about the Shutdown/Default Agreement

We break it down for you, with an easy-to-digest set of opinions you can adopt as your own.

What Explains Ted Cruz?

Texas, for starters.

Eight Things about the Shutdown/Default Crisis that Are Still True

Forget about the hour-by-hour machinations. Here's what we need to understand.

Tom Friedman’s Worst Column Ever

And no, that is not hyperbole.

The Robot Invasion

The question that haunted the post-war industrial tech boom of the 1950s is rising again: Have we reached a stage at which technology is destroying more jobs than it's creating?

Attack of the Giant Grass!

Fueling the needs of biofuel factories could mean growing fields of 30-foot-tall grass, but no one’s positive it will stay where it’s told.

Old Conservatives Can't Learn New Tricks

The GOP can't learn from its mistakes if it doesn't understand them. 

Mining for Victory

One of the nation's oldest unions has waged a decidedly newfangled battle with a coal company, winning back retirement benefits for thousands of members. 

Coverage of 2012 Campaign Disappointingly Unbiased

It turns out the press was equally favorable toward Obama and Romney. Go figure.

Values Voter 2013: War, War, Everywhere, and Not a Stop to Think

Ted Cruz hit a home run at this weekend’s Values Voter Summit by playing to the religious right’s love of martyrdom.

The GOP Craziness You Missed over the Weekend

Some in the Republican party have no idea that they've already lost.

Blurred Lines at the Border

Catholic charities contract with the feds to provide services for undocumented immigrants, but are crucial reproductive services being denied in the name of religious liberty?