Politics

Why New Social Movements Are Different

A new book from social reformer Jai Sen explores the international age of protest.

What’s the Matter with Oklahoma?

Oklahoma was once a center of left-populism. Could it be that again?

Privatizing Health Care for Veterans Doesn’t Add Up

Medicaid privatization in Kansas and Iowa show why outsourcing the VA would have tragic, even fatal, consequences.

Digital Fixes Won’t Solve the Democrats’ Problems

Democratic strategists obsess over new apps to facilitate voter contacts, while grassroots groups are supercharging what really matters: making personal connections.

Can This Census Be Saved?

The fight over whether the census should ask about citizenship won’t be settled before the midterms, giving Democrats a shot at forcing the administration to reverse course.

Striking a Match

The walkout wildfire is spreading from West Virginia to Kentucky to Oklahoma to Arizona, as teachers demand investment in education—not more tax breaks for the rich.

Sinclair Broadcasting Is More Dangerous Than You Think

Authoritarianism isn’t on our doorstep. It’s in the foyer, making its way toward the living room.

Wisconsin’s Scott Walker Versus the Blue Wave

The anti-democratic governor accustomed to getting his way finally accepted his losses in the courts last week. What does Walker’s electoral overreach mean for the Badger State?

The Federal Government's Secret War on Black Activists

In a chilling echo of the 1960s, law enforcement agencies have stepped up surveillance of racial justice advocates and groups exercising their constitutional rights.

The Scalia Problem: It Wasn’t Originalism or Textualism -- It Was Trumpism

A review of Richard L. Hasen’s The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption

What the Teacher Strikes Mean

The white-collar rising of 2018 reflects millennial militancy, the death of the Norquist pledge, and one more issue on which Democrats need to move left.

Martin Luther King Jr.: The Prophet as Healer

Whether by example or by strategy, Dr. King always looked for opportunities to build bridges.

Martin Luther King Jr. 50 Years After

Dr. King was a prophet. Even more importantly, he was a strategist. Both lessons endure.

New York State’s Federal Tax Dodge Is a Big Middle Finger to Republicans

Two provisions designed to offset the federal cap on SALT deductions is a big step toward fighting back against the GOP tax plan.

Voters' Belief in Fairness Will Toss Republicans from Office

They passed a tax cut, but it isn't going to save them.

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