Politics

Will Congress Continue to Refuse Its War Powers Responsibilities?

An explainer on how Congress has slowly abdicated its war powers to the executive branch, and why this is a very bad thing

The Law That Must Not Be Named

States roll out their Obamacare campaigns but are careful not to say "Obamacare."

Some Context for Our Upcoming Bombing Campaign

Nearly every American president eventually lets the bombs fall.

When Giving It the Old College Try Fails

Almost half of Americans drop out of college and are left with debt. Is it time for a bigger investment in vocational training for young people? 

Why Supersized CEO Pay Is the Worst—in Three Charts

Unpacking the data that highlights all the problems with executive paychecks.

Total Eclipse of the Fetal Heart

The Ohio state legislature is about to debate an extremely restrictive abortion bill. Again.

Heroes "Without Rank or Wealth or Title or Fame"

To commemorate Martin Luther King's great speech, Barack Obama focuses on the ordinary people whose names America doesn't know.

No Empire Strikes Back

The days of unilateral imperial action are gone—American power is not enough to solve the conflicts in Egypt and Syria.  

It's Alive!

The Tea Party just keeps going and going.

Let's Avoid the Fog of War

The benefits of a U.S. military strike against Syria don't outweigh the costs.

Nikki Giovanni Remembers 1963 with a New Poem

New work from a legendary writer in honor of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary, and a conversation on growing up during the civil-rights movement

The Six Months That Made the Sixties

The March on Washington marked the beginning of a tumultuous half-year whose events would shape the decade's legacy. 

Not That There's Anything Wrong with That

A candidate who wants you to know that he is absolutely, definitely not gay.

Bill Kristol Is Getting the Band Back Together

The people who brought you the Iraq War are now urging that we get bombing Syria. What could possibly go wrong?

The Chemical-Weapon Taboo and America's Next War

There may be little rational reason for the taboo on chemical weapons. But it's leading us into a new military engagement anyway.

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