Politics

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. 

Retreat of the Welfare State?

Is the social safety net getting weaker?

Purity Culture Is Rape Culture

The shocking assault in India reveals that rape isn't about sex—it's about controlling women's lives.

The Final Tally

In the end, Obama scored a solid victory over Mitt Romney.

The GOP's Dangerous Debt-Ceiling Threat

Negotiating on the debt ceiling is anything but responsible.

Conservative Projection Takes a New Angle

We have to govern by crisis, they say, because Obama likes it that way.

Will There Be a Second-Term Obama Administration Scandal?

Recent history suggests there will, but this administration has been remarkably clean so far.

Fracking versus the Boondocks

Promised Land bills itself as an environmental movie, but it’s far more concerned with preserving Dan Barry-esque small-town America mythology.

Holding Steady

The economy is growing at a slow, but reliable, pace.

New Year, New Abortion Restrictions

In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell's is trying to avoid a repeat of the transvaginal ultrasound fiasco by certifying the state's latest anti-abortion regulations under the radar.

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