Politics

Did Pope Francis Throw the Symbolism Contest to the Palestinians?

For the head of the Catholic Church to visit a Jewish memorial and say nothing of the historical Holocaust—the Jewish victims; the role of the Church in creating in European anti-Semitism—is jarring.

Reparations and the Subprime Meltdown in the Era of Obama

No matter how much a black family evinced the values and virtues of the middle class, that family was still likely to be punished, humiliated and to falter.

How 'Pick-Up Artist' Philosophy and Its More Misogynist Backlash Shaped Mind of Alleged Killer Elliot Rodger

“I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men, instead of me, the supreme gentleman,” Rodger complained in the video. “I will punish all of you for it.”

The Good Scandal

The controversy over the Veterans Health Administration offers an opportunity for some positive change.

Ehud Olmert Exits Stage Right, But His Very Bad Idea Remains

Prominent politicians are proposing that Israel redraw its border, keeping some or all settlements and imposing a new map by fiat—an old Olmert idea. Call it hubris.

Were Feds Duped by White Supremacist and Alleged Killer Frazier Glenn Miller?

What happens when the government uses threats of decades in jail to turn a person into a handy informer who testifies against his former allies? 

Why It's a Bad Idea to #StandWithRand, Even on Drones

Progressive activists, including those with legitimate concerns about civil liberties and the use of drones, should think twice about leaving the appeals court seat vacant in order to oppose David Barron.

Can Reformers Save Our Election System from the Supreme Court?

Slowly but steadily, SCOTUS is decimating every legal justification for campaign-finance rules.

The Brothers Koch: Family Drama and Disdain for Democracy

Lawsuits are the billionaire brothers’ weapon of choice—against each other—writes Daniel Schulman in his first-rate new bio. But buying our democracy, and maybe killing it, is pure self-interest.

UPDATED: Dangerous Amendment Amounting to Declaration of War Put Forward

Fox News furnished the pictures, and it looks like Representative Duncan Hunter wants to furnish the war.

Would a Softer Managerial Style Have Saved Jill Abramson?

Will the ousted New York Times executive editor be deemed a relic of times past, as younger women lean into female stereotypes to climb the career ladder?

After the Revolution, the Tea Party Struggles for Purpose

What do Tea Partiers do when the drama of storming the barricades fades to ordinary politics?

I Have Seen the Future, and It's 'Wisdom Journalism'

A new book argues it's no longer enough for journalists simply to transmit information.

Every Great American City Deserves a Shot—Including Detroit

Policymakers should remember the core lesson from New York City's fiscal crisis: The key to recovery is investment—not austerity.

Meet the Doctor Who Went to Jail to Save North Carolina Lives

There is right, and there is wrong. And having to watch patients die because legislators refused the administration's Medicaid expansion—that's just wrong, says physician Charlie van der Horst.

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