Politics

What the Attacks on Hagel Tell Us

As the world and U.S. foreign policy have changed, the potential secretary of Defense nominee has adjusted his views—a fact that has the neocons in a dander.

States of Play

This year saw national battles over women's rights, marriage equality, and unions play out locally across the country.

A Cleared Bill of Health

This year saw conservative attacks on reproductive rights, and the ACA make it past the final hurdles to full implementation.

The NRA's War of All Against All

The world is not made up of "good guys" and "bad guys."

For Unions, It Was a Very Bad Year

Major defeats have given labor its goals for 2013.

Obama Appoints Scott Brown as Senator from Massachusetts

With John Kerry in line to become Secretary of State, Brown stands a good chance of becoming senator.

Don't Count Boehner Out Just Yet

The House Speaker suffered a humiliating defeat with the failure of "Plan B," but he has survived far bigger messes over the course of his long career.

There's No Wizard Behind the NRA's Curtain

In a rambling statement, NRA president Wayne LaPierre reveals himself as completely out of touch.

The NRA Shoots Itself in the Foot

At their press conference today, they did those wanting new restrictions on guns a huge favor.

The Nature of John Boehner's Problem

It's not just that his caucus is made up of ideological extremists, it's that they can't think strategically and don't care about legislating.

How House Republicans Neutered Themselves

By rejecting John Boehner's "Plan B," GOP legislators have severely limited their influence in dealing with the fiscal cliff.

Prostitution for the Price of a Happy Meal

Why food-stamp bans are perpetuating risky behaviors among America’s most vulnerable

The Problem's Guns—Not the Mentally Ill

Tracking everyone who could hypothetically go on a shooting spree would only discourage the mentally ill from seeking treatment.

Paying for Having Been Raped

Women in the military might finally, finally, be able to rely on their health insurance for abortion coverage in the case of rape or incest. 

Science versus the Courts

What role should government play in how doctors administer treatment?

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