Politics

Steve Mnuchin: Evictor, Forecloser, and Our New Treasury Secretary

Trump’s appointee is the very model of a predatory lender.

Cures Act Is Bad Medicine for NIH, FDA

A bipartisan bill that promises more money for research and development is actually full of giveaways for the pharmaceutical industry and other trade groups.

The Right Way to Assess Charter Schools

How do they affect all the city's children?

Will Marine Le Pen Become France’s Next President?

Next spring’s French presidential contest is shaping up as a battle between the right and the far right. Will a majority coalesce around the right-wing candidate to keep the far right out of power as in 2002? Will a viable challenger emerge on the left? Don’t bet on it. The world has changed, and so has the Front National.

Trump’s Labor Secretary Could Be the Fight for 15’s Worst Nightmare

Andy Puzder, the CEO of a major fast-food company and sworn foe of raising the minimum wage, embodies the right’s anti-worker, trickle-down agenda. 

Trump Presidency Could Kill Labor Unions

His election is "an extinction-level event for American labor."

For Women’s Reproductive Freedom, a Chill Wind Blows

Roe v. Wade will stand for now, but the essential right it protects is in Trump’s line of fire.

Why the Trump Era Could Be an Opportunity for Democrats

Being out of power—or at least being out of the White House—can be very good for a party.

Why Populism Challenges Democracy from Within

Declining socioeconomic wellbeing is fueling populist movements in the United States and around the globe, to the detriment of representative democracy.

White Nationalist Bigotry Is the Official Policy of Trump’s White House

Conservatives who indignantly hounded African Americans from government jobs during the Clinton and Obama administrations haven’t batted an eye at the overt racism of Donald Trump’s appointees.

Donald Trump’s Calibrated Race and Sex War

Don’t let his reluctant disavowal of a white nationalist group fool you—the real battle begins in the Senate.

How To Steal (or Nullify) an Election

North Carolina Republicans are doing their damnedest.

In France, Another Stunning Election Upset

Former Prime Minister François Fillon crushes the opposition in the first round of the primary for the presidential nomination of the center-right Republican primary. The winner of the runoff could well become France’s next president—if he can beat Marine Le Pen.

Under Siege, Abortion-Rights Advocates Must Link Health Care to Economic Prosperity

A reproductive rights movement that had lost touch with women’s economic concerns is partly to blame for an election outcome that now puts basic constitutional rights in jeopardy.

The Costs of Being Poor

Two new books explore how difficult the housing market and criminal justice system make it to climb out of poverty.

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