Politics

Four Reasons We Don’t Need to Count Down to a January Shutdown

Ted Cruz is threatening to court government meltdown when we hit the next budget deadline next year. Here’s why it’s unlikely to happen.

Beware a Grand Bargain

President Obama and the House and Senate Democrats won the first round of the budget battle over the shutdown. But what happens when we do this again next year?

The Tea Party, Now and Forever

It's time to stop asking when it will die, and start understanding it as a psychological, sociological, and religious phenomenon.

Closing the Gender Gap in the Fed's Hallowed Halls

Janet Yellen's nomination as the first female Fed chair doesn't just have symbolic importance—she's likely to push for policies that aid working mothers and families.

Conservative Does Journalism, Gets Hailed as Demi-God

Why the National Review's Robert Costa became the journalistic star of the shutdown.

Are Hawks in Congress Trying to Scuttle Iran Talks?

Negotations over the county's nuclear program have been deemed fruitful by both sides, so why are GOP hardliners making trouble just when things seem to be going well?

Let's Shut Down the Filibuster

Why it made sense for Democrats to take the risk of ending the filibuster on most nominations.

A Spine Is a Useful Thing to Have

Nice to see you fighting back, President Obama! 

How Conservatives Reacted to the Shutdown/Default Deal

Some were mad, some were resigned, and some seemed weirdly pleased.

How Liberals Should Feel about the Shutdown/Default Agreement

We break it down for you, with an easy-to-digest set of opinions you can adopt as your own.

What Explains Ted Cruz?

Texas, for starters.

Eight Things about the Shutdown/Default Crisis that Are Still True

Forget about the hour-by-hour machinations. Here's what we need to understand.

Tom Friedman’s Worst Column Ever

And no, that is not hyperbole.

The Robot Invasion

The question that haunted the post-war industrial tech boom of the 1950s is rising again: Have we reached a stage at which technology is destroying more jobs than it's creating?

Attack of the Giant Grass!

Fueling the needs of biofuel factories could mean growing fields of 30-foot-tall grass, but no one’s positive it will stay where it’s told.

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