Politics

House Republicans Are Seriously Serious

Which is why we could be heading for both a default and a government shutdown

Faster and Faster: The Same-Sex Marriage Momentum

By the end of the year, marriage equality may be the law in five more states.

Embracing the Legacy of Torture

John Brennan's nomination for head of the CIA shows the appalling extent to which the worst abuses of the post-9/11 security state have become institutionalized.

Obama's Genius Defense Pick

The president's nomination of former senator Chuck Hagel forces Republicans to come to terms with the party's rightward shift.

What the Economy Needs Is Growth (But Washington Isn't Talking About It)

Growth comes before deficit reduction, not the other way around.

How You Know Republicans Aren't So Serious on the Debt Ceiling

They acknowledge that default would be a bad thing

Bobby Jindal Decides Louisiana Isn't Doing Enough to Stick it to Poor People

So he plans to eliminate all progressive taxes in the state.

To Stop Rape Culture, Ring the Bell

The campaign to end assault against women must also include men.

The NRA Must Really Want to Lose the Battle for Public Opinion

It's the only thing that explains their current rhetoric.

The Mortgage Mess and Jack Lew

As Treasury Secretary, would Lew take a harder line with banking abuses?

To Stop Rape, Fix the Police Force First

In India, women are often as scared of law-enforcement officials as they are of potential attackers on the street.

Faulty Hypothesis

A scientist argues that members of his field should support more Republicans, but ignores why his colleagues fled the party.

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.

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