Politics

A Standardized Testing Revolt

Two decades ago, Texas led the country in implementing standardized testing. George W. Bush made it national policy. Now there's a growing movement to back off.

The Problem with "the Wrong Hands"

If we knew whose hands were right and whose were wrong, stopping gun violence would be easy.

Are Republicans Winning on Diversity?

Lots of diverse candidates, but not such a diverse party.

The Great and Terrible News about American Health Care

If you can hold on until you hit 65, you'll probably do pretty well.

Is Jack Lew the Best We Can Do?

President Obama's nomination of his chief of staff to run the Treasury signals the continuity of austerity politics. 

Obama's Options on 2013's Big Issues

It’s a fair argument that when the nation is jeopardized—whether in danger of defaulting on its debts or succumbing to mass violence—a president is justified in using his authority to the fullest.

How Obama Can Win the Debt Ceiling by Threatening Mutual Destruction

Or why the $1 trillion coin is so important

Fighting Education Shock Therapy

With tools from 1964, community activists are pushing the White House to turn federal education policy around.

Solis Steps Down

The secretary probably has a future in California politics—but who has a future as her successor at Labor?

Building a Respect Culture

With some effort we can shift away from a rape culture. And it can help not just women, not just the most socially vulnerable, but the entire social climate.  

Higher Ed Is Still Pretty Segregated

But a little less than it used to be

What Goes Around (Comes Back Around)

The $1 trillion coin is the only way to counter the GOP's refusal to lift the debt ceiling.

The Clear Legality of the Platinum-Coin Solution

When choosing between unprecedented innovations, ending a constitutional crisis is infinitely preferable to making constitutional crises an entrenched institutional feature that may result in economic disaster.

Assault-Weapon Bans Are Not Enough

To reduce gun violence, we need a sweeping reform of the way guns are bought and sold.

The Only Solution Is Fewer Guns

The proposals coming from the White House and congressional Democrats are worthwhile, but they won't get us anywhere near where we need to be.

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