Politics

Is Obama Aloof? Sure. Does it Matter? No.

The president's personality is less important to his success than the circumstances of his presidency.

Ted Cruz Is Crazy Like a Fox

The new U.S. senator from Texas has a talent for reading the political tea leaves.

Democracy, Disdain, and the Roberts Court

Taking issue with George Will's arguments against Pamela Karlan's essay on the Supreme Court's contempt of Congress.

Ending the Mindset that Got Us into Iraq

The Hagel pick makes Obama look far less timid than he did during first-term nominating battles—and far more likely to follow up on his big 2008 foreign policy promises.

We Don't Have a Spending Problem

But we will have lots of old people in the future.

Once Again, Obama Does Something No GOP President Bothers to Do

You won't catch Republican presidents thinking they have to placate the other side by appointing Democrats.

Where Are They Now?

Catching up with Americans Elect

Just What Workers Need: More Labor Civil War

A not-so-great battle in the world of organizing threatens to limit the effectiveness of the nation's two biggest health-care unions.

Yep, Republicans Plan to Use the Debt Ceiling for "Leverage"

The consequences don't matter, it seems.

Barney Frank Walks Back on Hagel

Republicans won't be able to count on bipartisan disagreement to oppose the former Nebraska senator.

The Question Torture Apologists Can't Answer

Zero Dark Thirty brings the torture debate back.

Calling McConnell’s Bluff

President Obama should raise the debt ceiling himself and increase the ceiling on incomes subject to payroll taxes.

Republicans' 40 Days in the Desert

A less-confident GOP goes into the debt-ceiling fight with an eye toward the future of the party.

Playing Constitutional Hardball with the Electoral College

Short-term thinking geared toward maximum electoral success leads to long-term rule changes that don't do much good for our democracy.

It's Worse than the Status Quo

Congress passed an extension on the farm bill, dismantling all the good programs, and leaving in all the old and inefficient ones. 

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