Politics

Weak Weakling Continues Weak Policies of Weakness

Even when the administration catches a terrorist, conservatives are still going to argue that Barack Obama isn't being strong enough.

Billionaires Behind the Attack on Public Education in California Tenure Suit

As outspoken teachers are already finding out, what good are First Amendment rights if you have to choose between exercising them and paying your bills?

The Road to Marriage Equality: Boies and Olson’s Wedding March

What the limelight-loving legal team did and didn’t win for same-sex couples' right to marry.

Three Reasons Liberals Lack Traction With Voters, Despite Conservative Failures

The liberal imagination has been stunted by decades of conservative obstruction.

Can Hillary Clinton Win the Hearts of Liberals? Does She Need To?

She won't be an ideological warrior and she may not put a catch in your throat with soaring rhetoric, but she's smart, competent, and experienced. 

Photo Essay: Moral Mondays' Potent Symbols and Creative Actions

So far in the 2014 North Carolina legislative session, lawmakers have witnessed weekly actions: a silent protest, a sit-in in the Speaker's office, and prayerful bread-breaking by the activists of the Moral Monday movement, chronicled here in a photo essay.

Meet the Billionaire Brothers You Never Heard of Who Fund the Religious Right

The Wilks brothers, whose fortune comes from fracking, give tens of millions to right-wing groups and anti-choice "pregnancy centers," anti-LGBT groups, and organizations affiliated with ALEC.

Israel Elects a One-State President

Newly elected President Reuven Rivlin may mistakenly be seen as a symbol of new and surprising support for the idea that the only possible democratic outcome for Israelis and Palestinians is a binational state. But the one-staters of the right aren't at all interested in binationalism.

Moral Mondays: Capitol Showdown

Fifteen protesters have a breakthrough night in North Carolina's long-running budget battles.

Why Did Bowe Bergdahl Walk Away?

The former prisoner of war may be no hero, but his walking into the night armed with only a knife raises questions about his state of mind.

Eric Cantor Defeated and Nothing Changes -- Not Even Prospects for Immigration Reform

Yes, immigration reform is probably dead for now. But it was probably dead yesterday, even before Cantor was vanquished.

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Rethinking 'Zero Tolerance'

A new approach to discipline seeks to keep kids in school and, ultimately, out of prison. In one high school, the number of serious incidents of misbehavior plummeted 60 percent, after the start of a "restorative justice" program.

The Three Curses Faced By Democrats -- And How to Lift Them

In creating a better political future, it is better to be cursed with youth than blessed with age.

Twelve Years Later, Hillary Clinton Still Struggles to Explain Her Iraq War Vote

Why she said what she did, and what she could have said instead.

New Film About Liberal Gadfly Gore Vidal Totally Misses the Point

Gore Vidal rejoiced in making his readers' lives more complicated by baring the power drives underneath our political pieties. The United States of Amnesia does him, and its audience, no justice.

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