Politics

How John Paul Stevens Would Amend the Constitution

The former Supreme Court justice has some suggestions for a better democracy in his new book.

Stephen Colbert Isn't the Only One With a Fictional Character

If you hear a conservative complaining about Colbert replacing Letterman, he's probably just pretending.

Yes, Being a Woman Makes You Poorer

Why the failure of the Paycheck Fairness Act this week can't be ignored. 

The Most Expensive Health Care In the World

The revelations about individual doctors charging Medicare millions of dollars show why American health care is so expensive, and point to one easy policy change we could make to reign things in.

Why Reading Globally Matters

The case for breaking our parochial American reading habits.

Why Clinton's Gender Problem Will Not Be Like Obama's Race Problem

Sexism in public rhetoric is still tolerated in a way racism isn't, and that could have a profound impact on 2016.

The End of the "Ick Factor"

Now even politicians as religiously motivated as Mike Huckabee have to claim they don't care what anybody does in the bedroom.

Fetal Abnormalities: The Next Minefield in the Abortion Wars?

Conscience clauses are just the beginning—genetic counselors are on a collision course with state-level abortion politics.

 

Thrown to the Lions

Liberals can't understand why conservative Christians feel oppressed by modern society, but there are good reasons.

Pencils Out

The Prospect speaks with an education-policy expert Linda Darling-Hammond about standardized testing in the implementation of Common Core, a national set of guidelines on math and reading.

What Marijuana Legalization Won't Be in 2016

Public opinion on the issue may look a lot like that on same-sex marriage, but the two differ in an important way.

Workers on the Edge

Payroll fraud and the shift to contingent employment are robbing workers of wages, benefits, and job security—and stealing revenues owed to government.

Beyond Corruption

Plutocrats don't need to bribe anyone to distort our system beyond any reasonable conception of democracy.

How Should Liberals Feel About the Mozilla CEO Getting Pushed Out Over Marriage Equality?

Are you feeling conflicted? I'll help you sort things out.

Hurray for Global Warming!

A pair of dueling reports on climate change highlight the challenges policy-makers and scientists face in trying to address the problem.

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