Politics

Direct Democracy, for Billionaires

In a classic case of unintended consequences, these mechanisms for popular power are routinely used by the rich to change state laws.

Obama Said Knock You Out

The president scores a big win at last night's town hall debate.

A Binder Full of Beers

Denver Republicans check in to see if Mitt Romney can sustain his momentum in the second presidential debate.

A Bumper Crop of Pot Referenda

Will this be the year a state legalizes recreational marijuana or medical marijuana arrives in the South?

Stop Gun Violence: Get Married

Not only does tying the knot make our streets safer, it cures obesity and reverses the aging process.

Game, Set, Obama

The president did exactly what he needed to in tonight's debate: He used Romney against Romney.

Open Playing Field

The professional sports world is slowly beginning to loosen its rigid intolerance toward gays.

Bums on the Bus

Nuns on the Bus confronted by Romney-Ryan supporters.

Marry Me in Maryland?

For a change, the cards are stacked in favor of marriage equality in the state—but it's no sure bet.

In Defense of Paul Ryan's Fake Dishwashing

He did that soup kitchen a favor.

What Does Obama Need to Do Tonight? Defend His Record.

The town hall debate is a perfect opportunity for the president to tell the story of the recovery.

Arlen Specter: A Poor Man's Richard Nixon

From Democrat to Republican to Democrat again, from his fierce opposition of Robert Bork to his cutthroat cross examination of Anita Hill, Specter was always, above all, a politician.

All Due Respect

Why is it that only those who oppose reproductive rights get the pledges of respect?

Five Fool-Proof Tips for Winning a Town Hall Debate

What lessons from debates past should Barack Obama and Mitt Romney learn before tonight's town hall?

Let's Talk about Climate, Mr. President

Nary a mention of the environment came up during the first two debates, despite the fact that American citizens are finally ready to talk about the issue after our long, hot summer.

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