Politics

The Real Debt Problem

Debt relief makes economic sense for Greece, underwater homeowners, and students—not just for corporations.

Why Don't Settlements Over Brutality Come Out of Police Budgets?

New York City's recent $5.9 million settlement with the family of Eric Garner leaves the NYPD's budget unscathed. 

If the Pope Wanted to Help the Poor, He’d Be a Feminist

Progressives are too easily taken in by talk of climate change and capitalism.

Delusion in the Desert

Dispatch from the libertarian FreedomFest convention in Las Vegas. 

Endgame in Europe

In a deal struck this week, Greece offered its creditors unconditional surrender. Will that be enough?

Clinton Tries to Move the Economic Conversation Beyond Jobs

If the question is how workers' lives can be improved, at least she has an answer, which is more than the Republican candidates can say.

An Embarrassment of Riches

The Republican primary is drenched in money from super PACs and billionaire political investors. Could there be a silver lining?

Betrayers of the Dream

How sleazy for-profit colleges disproportionately targeted black students.

Should Liberals Back Public Employee Unions?

The stakes in the new battle over unions have far-reaching implications.  

Get Out of Jail Free

How prosecutors and courts collude to keep corrupt executives from doing prison time. 

We Don't Need 'Modern Asylums'

We need to make deinstitutionalization work for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

How Obama Could Crack Down on Dark Money Without Congress

The White House is considering an executive order aimed at the undisclosed political contributions of federal contractors. 

Why Surveillance Won't Prevent Cyber Attacks

A new Senate bill would dramatically expand surveillance to prevent cyber attacks, but real security is about minimizing risk. 

The IRS Will Close This Tax Loophole -- Unless Wall Street Gets Its Way

Hedge fund managers are fighting to keep a little-known tax cheat that saves them hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars. 

Andrew Jackson's Dark Legacy Belongs to All of Us -- Democrat and Republican Alike

Go ahead, purge the seventh president from currency and celebrations. But shoving his legacy off on opponents is not the answer.

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