Politics

Trickle Downers of the Week: The Republicans on the House Transportation Committee

Instead of demanding answers from airline executives, House Republicans echoed the industry’s anti-regulation talking points.

Why a $15 Minimum Wage Is Good Economics

Opponents of minimum-wage increases have long focused on the wrong economic questions.

Did Misogyny Drive Comey’s Subversion of Presidential Campaign?

The potential villains in the FBI’s anti-Clinton narrative were all women.

How the Religious Right Led to Trump

Two new books on America's religious history provide key insights into the currents that produced one of the country's least religious and least biblically literate presidents. 

Q&A: The American Parent Trap

A conversation with Sarah LeVine, coauthor of Do Parents Matter? Why Japanese Babies Sleep Soundly, Mexican Siblings Don’t Fight, and American Families Should Just Relax

The War on Facts Hits Prescription Drug Regulation

The FDA's authority was under legal attack even before Trump. Now the agency faces a triple threat. 

Liberals, Obama, and that Wall Street Speaking Fee

The last thing Democrats need, in the Trump era of faux-populism, is to be branded as the party that's cozy with Wall Street.

The Instantaneous Injustice of Bail

For Chicago's poor, who can't afford attorneys, bail hearings often don't last longer than a few seconds—and may keep them in jail for want of a few hundred dollars. 

Race Relations, Hunky-Dory. Economy, Not So Hot

Los Angeles, a quarter-century after the Rodney King riots

Why Liberals Are So Worked Up About Barack Obama Giving a Paid Speech to Wall Street

He still occupies an emotionally powerful place in the liberal imagination.

Turning Up the Heat on WMATA

Serious maintenance issues continue to plague Washington’s transit system, but securing a dependable funding source remains the biggest hurdle

Trump FCC’s Plan to End Net Neutrality Rests on Alternative Facts and Empty Promises

Two years after passing landmark net neutrality rules, the FCC is poised to undo them.

Planned Parenthood Targets One Very Endangered Republican

Nevada Senator Dean Heller runs afoul of pro-choice activists in a state turning blue-ish.       

Fire and ICE: The Return of Workplace Immigration Raids

Undocumented workers face a new level of insecurity under the Trump administration.

Trump’s Big Tax Cut Is Unadulterated Trickle-Down Fundamentalism

In a scramble to put his name on at least one success in his first 100 days, the president relies on an old supply-side standby.   

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