Politics

The Verizon Data Order and Why It Matters

Creating "national security" exemptions to the Fourth Amendment in the context of an open-ended conflict where the whole world is the battlefield and the conflict has no clear end point is very dangerous.

The Right's Cult of Obama

From Peggy Noonan to Mitch McConnell to the Tea Party caucus, conservatives have a habit of making it all about Barack, all the time. 

Is the GOP's Tragedy of the Commons Problem Undoing Immigration Reform?

Republicans are starting to defect, because their individual interests and the party's interests are diverging.

Republicans Play Defense in Texas

Why are Democrats celebrating the sudden influx of GOP money into the state?

North Carolina's Tug-of-War

What happens when a state becomes more progressive and more conservative at the same time?

North Carolina's Tug-of-War

What happens when a state becomes more progressive and more conservative at the same time?

Once Upon a Time, There Was a President ...

The president's job requirements aren't laid out very well in the Constitution. The position is mostly an empty shell filled up with 44 presidencies worth of precedents.

Can Obama's Organizing Army Take Texas?

Progressive Texans just might lead a Democratic revival in the ultimate red state. Here's how.

Let's Talk about Tax Reform

Yes, the IRS scandal has nothing to do with the kind of reforms Republicans say they want. But why not start the process?

The End of the Solid South

The region's emerging majority is progressive. Its capitols are more conservative than ever. Something's got to give. 

The Republican Party Is Clearly, Absolutely, Broken

Congressional dysfunction is emblematic of the party's larger problems.

Turkey's George W. Bush?

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reacting to his country's massive protests much like our 43rd  president did in the face of Iraq War dissent. 

Why Republicans Can't Destroy Obama

All they have is their anger, when what they need is a competent effort to undo the presidency.

Scalia Gets It Right

In Maryland v. King, the Supreme Court has ruled that DNA information can be used from someone arrested for but not convicted of an offense. 

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