Politics

Korryn Gaines and the Criminalization of Disabilities

A new study released in July asserts that the criminal justice system discriminates against people with mental disabilities.

Q&A: The Economic Consequences of Denying Teachers Tenure

A California court recently reversed a decision that would have weakened teacher employment protections. Economist Jesse Rothstein discusses the tradeoffs between job security and attracting new teachers.

Trump’s Appeal to the Forgotten Man

Donald Trump plays to the alienation of the white working class as a vengeful, authoritarian father figure.

Utah Monument Fight Pits Native Americans Against Land-Use Militants

A swath of high desert known as Bears Ears has become ground zero in the long-running battle over the nation’s public lands.

Confessions of a Pokémon Go Grinch: Ethical Questions About World’s Most Popular App

The new mobile game poses critical question about privacy, commercialism, and children’s attachment to screens.  

Unions Flex Political Muscle at the DNC -- But Uber and Airbnb Lurk

The labor movement's agenda was on full display in Philadelphia, as was the Democratic Party's emerging rift between unions and Silicon Valley. 

Glass Ceiling and Class Ceiling: Can Hillary Smash Both?

To win in November, Clinton will need to put pocketbook issues front and center.

The Five Worst Roberts Court Rulings

Most progressives would rank Citizens United v. FEC as the worst ruling ever handed down by the Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts. But five other rulings are turning out to be even more disastrous.

When Liberalism Came Apart

Two new books about the late 1960s provide grist for thinking about political turbulence today. 

Presidents, Congress, and Infrastructure Investment Gridlock

Clinton and Trump support new spending on the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, and mass transit. It remains to be seen whether the next Congress will.

Black Lives Matter Movement Splintering at DNC

Protests against police violence worked their way through downtown Philadelphia, in opposition to Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Convention.

Q&A: The Education Stakes in Election 2016

A conversation with NEA President Lily Eskelsen García on what 2016 means for K-12 education.  

Why Netanyahu Suddenly Wants a Deal on U.S. Aid

The prime minister, in an attack of good sense, realizes that a GOP victory may not be good news for Israel.

How the DNC Avoided a Philly Airport Worker Strike

Faced with the prospect of an airport strike that could have blocked convention delegates from landing in Philadelphia, senior Democratic officials pressured American Airlines to the bargaining table.

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