Politics

Meet Trey Gowdy, GOP Benghazi Attack Dog

Watch his YouTube videos and you'll understand why John Boehner picked him to lead the Benghazi select committee.

What a Real Propaganda Campaign Looks Like

As the Republicans' scandal calliope winds up, this is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of what happened just a little over a decade ago, even as memories fade.

The Bitter Truth about the Settlements

How can talks succeed when, throughout the negotiations, Israel is building on the very land that would comprise a Palestinian state?

The Difference Between Liberal Justices and Conservative Justices

Both kinds of justices take into account whether they're sympathetic to the plaintiff, not just what the Constitution demands. But a new study shows "in-group bias" much more in evidence among the conservatives.

What If Trump Wins on Obamacare and Taxes?

Trump is screwing not just the rest of America, but tens of millions of people who voted for him.

Both Red and Blue States Rely on Prison Labor

As a Louisiana sheriff’s off-the-cuff remarks and the California wildfires remind us, all states depend on and profit from putting prisoners to work—and that’s a problem. 

How to Wipe Out Puerto Rico’s Debt

Shift the debt onto the books of the Federal Reserve. If that kind of help is good enough for our largest banks, it’s also good for disaster-stricken Puerto Rico.

Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, and the (Sometimes) Beneficial Politics of Reaction

We're living not only in the age of Trump, but in the age of reaction to Trump. 

Three Minutes with Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards

The women’s reproductive-rights leader shares some thoughts on President Trump and community activism.

Baby Money: Can Cash Allowances Help Young Brains Grow?

A groundbreaking new study looks at how reducing parents’ financial stress affects childhood brain development.

Will Trump Really Give Us a Better NAFTA?

It depends on how much influence the corporate lobby has in the final deal, and it’s not over.

Team Trump’s Travel Travails

Of all the many ethics controversies dogging the Trump administration, jet-setting cabinet officials may prove the most politically damaging.

How the Prison Phone Industry Further Isolates Prisoners

The high profits of expensive phone calls and video visits are often too lucrative for prisons—which can get a share of those profits—to pass up.

A Challenge to Feinstein?

The veteran senator is a fixture of California politics, but she personifies the Golden State’s past—not its present or future.

The GOP Is Now the White Nationalist Party, and That Isn’t Changing Anytime Soon

Collective denial over the depth of America’s racism amounts to a passive form of racism in and of itself.

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