Politics

The Greatest Grift of All

Losers like Lincoln and FDR just didn't see the presidency's potential as a personal money-maker.

A Government Of, By, and For the Deplorables

A frightening array of Islamophobes, xenophobes, homophobes, racists, and misogynists is assembling around President-elect Trump, normalizing the language and actions of hatred.

Poverty’s Punishment: America’s Oppressive Bail Regime

Bail systems across the country continue to function as another way the criminal justice system exacerbates poverty and racial inequality.

Can Cities Protect Their Immigrants from Trump?

In the name of human decency—and law and order—many have pledged to try.

Stalled at the Federal Level, Democracy Advocates Look to the States

Republicans control Washington now, but a string of successful campaign finance ballot initiatives at the state and local level has buoyed the democracy movement.

The Evil Demons of Our Nature

From Lincoln to Trump: Are we witnessing an irrevocable change in the American soul or a temporary warp in the “arc of the moral universe,” which will someday again “bend toward justice”?

Photo Essay: Anti-Trump Protesters and Immigrant Advocates Demonstrate in New York

Trump Tower became a magnet for those protesting the election of Donald Trump.

Report from the Field: The Rust Belt’s Blues Turn It Red

In one Ohio Rust Belt town, energy flagged among Hillary Clinton volunteers in the weeks leading up to Election Day, offering a glimpse into the enthusiasm gap that did her in.

It’s Really Not Easy Being Green Now

Environmentalists prepare for a long, hard fight in the age of Trump.

Things Are About to Get Really Ugly for the Labor Movement

Unions were finally on an upswing. Now, they’re staring down the barrel of the GOP’s gun. 

The Unpersuadables

Don't believe that Clinton could have won over Trump voters by talking about bread-and-butter issues.

‘Loving’ Reminds Us of an Earlier Struggle for Marriage Equality

A new movie about the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized interracial marriage resonates today in the wake of Obergefell v. Hodges.

Trump’s Own Blacks

Ben Carson as Secretary of Education? Farce becomes tragedy.

Making the Most of Your Luck

The role of sheer fortune challenges the politics of the fortunate—and the conceits of economics. 

Trump May Be Sexist and Racist, But That’s Not the Only Reason He Won

Economic anxiety drove many of Donald Trump’s working-class voters, a bloc Democrats failed to energize amid plunging turnout overall.

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