Politics

Creating a Countercyclical Welfare System

Clinton-era reforms mean that our safety net is weakest when we need it most.

The Power of Shame

It makes some news organizations stand up for themselves.

Batman: Gotham's Reformer

In the Nolan films, Batman is a reformer and humanist, and not an avatar for right-wing fears. 

This American Darkness

When it comes to the strange disease of mass killings, our normal analyses are of limited use.

Do We Need a New Voting Rights Act?

Ten states have enacted voter-ID laws that will discriminate against minorities and seniors. But the Department of Justice can do little to stop the discrimination in five of them.

The Caped Crusader of the Executive Branch

What is the CFPB, and why should you care? 

The LIBOR Scandal's Lies

While regulators should have done more, it’s the banks that must be punished for their manipulation of interest rates.

A Tragedy Made in the USA

Finding meaning in national tragedy is always difficult, but what do we do when we peer into the abyss and see ourselves?

Yes, We Should Keep Talking about Our Gun Laws

The wake of a massacre is exactly the right time.

Your Guide to "Ending Medicare As We Know It"

It'll be the next argument in the campaign, so it's a good time to brush up.

Voters of No Confidence

Among African Americans, only 44 percent trust election results, a new survey shows. Maybe the key to restoring trust isn't voter ID?

A Dark Knight for Romney?

Don't believe Limbaugh—the most recent Batman movie is an epic for the 1%

Merit Badge for Silence

As with the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Boy Scouts' position on homosexuality denies gay people the basic right to self-definition.

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