Politics

Workers on the Edge

Payroll fraud and the shift to contingent employment are robbing workers of wages, benefits, and job security—and stealing revenues owed to government.

Beyond Corruption

Plutocrats don't need to bribe anyone to distort our system beyond any reasonable conception of democracy.

How Should Liberals Feel About the Mozilla CEO Getting Pushed Out Over Marriage Equality?

Are you feeling conflicted? I'll help you sort things out.

Hurray for Global Warming!

A pair of dueling reports on climate change highlight the challenges policy-makers and scientists face in trying to address the problem.

How Our Campaign Finance System Compares to Other Countries

We may well be heading toward the removal of all contribution limits. How do other advanced democracies regulate their campaign contributions and spending?

Wall Street’s Subsidy Safety Net

Studies by the Federal Reserve and IMF say big banks are getting better borrowing deals because of the implicit promise of government bailouts.

It’s Andrew Cuomo’s Fault!

This week, New York State failed to pass public financing reform for campaigns. The buck stopped at the governor's desk—reformers are ticked.

How Barack Obama Trapped the GOP On Health Care

He didn't even mean to do it. But now they're hemmed in, without the ability to propose any meaningful fixes.

The Obscure Heroes Behind Congress’s Great Moment

How Midwestern Republicans, not just an arm-twisting LBJ, helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   

Will Disclosure Save Us From the Corrupting Influence of Big Money?

We need to start asking the question now, because if the Supreme Court strikes down all contribution limits, disclosure will be the justification.

The News Isn't the Silencing. It's the Debate

The strange idea of keeping American Jews from arguing about Israel is going out of fashion.

Laying It All Out On Medicare

Paul Ryan's budgets may contain a lot of fuzzy math. But unlike most in his party, he'll say exactly what he wants to do to Medicare.

The CIA and the Moral Sunk Costs of the Torture Program

Once they sold their souls, they had to justify the sale, even if it meant misleading everyone about what torture was achieving.

Soldiering on an Empty Stomach

The number of military families seeking food assistance has risen; even more need the help but are afraid to ask. Something's wrong.

 

Jeb Fever Sweeps GOP; Symptoms Likely to Be Mild, Temporary

The GOP establishment is looking for a savior. But does Jeb Bush have fire in his belly?

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