Politics

Words, Ideas, Actions, and the Tangle of Race

As people from Cliven Bundy to Donald Sterling to Paul Ryan are finding out, sometimes language isn't really the problem.

For the U.S., Israel and Palestine: What's Plan B?

As a concept, the two-state solution is more broadly accepted than ever, even as achieving it seems more remote.

In Defense of Mitch McConnell--Sort Of

Maybe if we stopped expecting every candidate to promise us that they'll singlehandedly change Washington and politics and America, they'd stop doing it. McConnell may be onto something.

Pardon Me, Mr. President?

By appointing an advocate for defendants' rights as the new pardon attorney, the Obama administration has signaled it is serious about commuting drug offenses.

Walmart Does Something Good

By getting into money transfers, they'll offer low-income people a service with (slightly) more reasonable fees. Now why doesn't the Postal Service turn around and do the same thing?

With Cliven Bundy, the Right Is Reaping What It Sows

They may try to distance themselves from his racist comments, but they can't escape responsibility for him and people like him.

Let's Get Together

The Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement further complicates an already flagging peace process.

The Religion of Unreason

Liberals are exasperated with conservatives' unwillingness to acknowledge fact about health care, and other things. But they'd better get used to it.

Justice Sotomayor's Powerful Defense of Equality

At heart, the dissenters in Schuette v. BAMN argue, a Michigan amendment outlawing affirmative action deprives minorities access to the political process.

Today In American Exceptionalism

Almost nowhere else is there such a tight link between class and opinions about cutting government.

Future of Television at Stake at Supreme Court Today

OK, that's a slight exaggeration. But the case of the scrappy, disruptive startup Aereo could alter the cable landscape.

Too Big to Fail. Not Too Strong.

Nomi Prins’s new book traces America’s propping up of banks since the robber barons.

How Big Data Could Undo Our Civil-Rights Laws

From "reverse redlining" to selling out a pregnant teenager to her parents, the advance of technology could render obsolete our landmark civil-rights and anti-discrimination laws.

Manly Men Condemn Obama's Lack of Manliness

Here's what they ought to be asked next time they make this ridiculous argument.

A Chance to Remake the Fed

Two vacant slots offer progressives the opportunity to ensure the Board finally cracks down on Wall Street.

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