Politics

Marriage Equality Opponents Left With Nothing But Tradition

Considering the value of tradition as momentum toward a final Supreme Court decision on marriage accelerates. 

New Orleans Deserved a Better Scandal than Ray Nagin's

The city's residents are bummed to have been duped by such a dullard. 

How Big Banks Are Cashing In On Food Stamps

Many benefit programs have gone high tech with debit cards and J.P. Morgan Chase and others are making a pretty penny charging users fees. What is there to be done?

Kansas's Radical Attack on Gays and Lesbians

Not only does the state's proposed law allow private businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples; it permits state employees to deny them basic services.

America In Decline

Bad news: the USA accounts for a mere 4 out of every 10 dollars the human race spends on the machinery of war.

Just How Much Do Republicans Hate Unions?

So much they're willing to fight against a corporation if it's union-friendly.

The Devil's Immigration Glossary

Political language is always twisted and obscurantist—but never more so than when it comes to the immigration debate.

Racial Fears, Gun Fantasies, and Another Dead Teenager

In the case of Jordan Davis, the intersection of race and firearms turned deadly.

Shocking Moment of Sanity Occurs in Congress

Could the GOP have finally learned its lesson?

Stress, Poverty, and the Childhood Reading Gap

A recent study adds to the mounting pile of evidence that a child's early years are critical for determining later academic success. Poor kids are falling far behind. 

The Death of Dog-Whistle Politics

In today's media environment, every message you send to your base gets heard by everyone. That's a problem for the GOP.

Michael Sam, "Distraction"

Claims by anonymous officials that Sam will bring negative PR to the NFL are functionally and morally indistinguishable from simple bigotry.

The Ink-Stained Wretches of Wall Street

Dean Starkman's The Watchdog That Didn't Bark and the failures of the media during the financial crash. 

Liberals, Conservatives, and the Meaning of Work

It appears that those who talk so much about "economic freedom" aren't too happy when ordinary people have more choices.

Horrible Bosses

Some employers are defending their cuts to employee wages and benefits by blaming the Obamacare bogeyman. That's just plain hogwash. 

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