Politics

Baby Money: Can Cash Allowances Help Young Brains Grow?

A groundbreaking new study looks at how reducing parents’ financial stress affects childhood brain development.

Will Trump Really Give Us a Better NAFTA?

It depends on how much influence the corporate lobby has in the final deal, and it’s not over.

Team Trump’s Travel Travails

Of all the many ethics controversies dogging the Trump administration, jet-setting cabinet officials may prove the most politically damaging.

How the Prison Phone Industry Further Isolates Prisoners

The high profits of expensive phone calls and video visits are often too lucrative for prisons—which can get a share of those profits—to pass up.

A Challenge to Feinstein?

The veteran senator is a fixture of California politics, but she personifies the Golden State’s past—not its present or future.

The GOP Is Now the White Nationalist Party, and That Isn’t Changing Anytime Soon

Collective denial over the depth of America’s racism amounts to a passive form of racism in and of itself.

Scott Pruitt’s Dirty War on Clean Water

Pruitt’s aggressive effort to repeal the Clean Water Rule is the latest battle in the Trumpian attack on environmental regulations, democratic norms, and the rule of law.

DeVos Has Rescinded College Sexual Assault Guidelines. What Now?

The Trump administration's decision to end the 2011 guidelines draw attention to a split in the left wing.

We Need Barack Obama to Speak Out

His legacy is being undone, and his prophetic voice is a strong antidote to Trumpism.

Should Government Save Religion from Acts of God?

The religious right wants to open up the spigots of government funding after natural disasters. But their ultimate goal is to secure more public funds for churches—even if it means undoing the First Amendment.

The Personal Presidency

Institutional forces, broad historical trends? Not in the Trump era, where everything is personal.

Steve Bannon, Unleashed

The arch-strategist of the populist right lets his hair down with our reporter, again. The plan: Blow up and take over the Republican Party.

Puerto Rico Devastation Could Lead to National Public Health Crisis

Some critical prescription drugs are only made on the island, and Hurricane Maria halted production at dozens of pharmaceutical factories.

Battling Blight in Memphis

Tennessee’s second-largest city has become a national model for eliminating the scourge of abandoned buildings and vacant lots.

Mnuchin Fails The ‘Mnuchin Test’

The Treasury secretary trips himself up trying to justify a tax cut that cannot possibly benefit the working class.

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