Politics

It’s Andrew Cuomo’s Fault!

This week, New York State failed to pass public financing reform for campaigns. The buck stopped at the governor's desk—reformers are ticked.

How Barack Obama Trapped the GOP On Health Care

He didn't even mean to do it. But now they're hemmed in, without the ability to propose any meaningful fixes.

The Obscure Heroes Behind Congress’s Great Moment

How Midwestern Republicans, not just an arm-twisting LBJ, helped pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.   

Will Disclosure Save Us From the Corrupting Influence of Big Money?

We need to start asking the question now, because if the Supreme Court strikes down all contribution limits, disclosure will be the justification.

The News Isn't the Silencing. It's the Debate

The strange idea of keeping American Jews from arguing about Israel is going out of fashion.

Laying It All Out On Medicare

Paul Ryan's budgets may contain a lot of fuzzy math. But unlike most in his party, he'll say exactly what he wants to do to Medicare.

The CIA and the Moral Sunk Costs of the Torture Program

Once they sold their souls, they had to justify the sale, even if it meant misleading everyone about what torture was achieving.

Soldiering on an Empty Stomach

The number of military families seeking food assistance has risen; even more need the help but are afraid to ask. Something's wrong.

 

Jeb Fever Sweeps GOP; Symptoms Likely to Be Mild, Temporary

The GOP establishment is looking for a savior. But does Jeb Bush have fire in his belly?

Sunday Show Becomes 10 Percent Less Awful

A tiny bit of progress on Meet the Press.

Why "Noah" Shouldn’t Get a Happy Ending

The trouble with Darren Aronofsky's blockbuster isn't that it's offensive to Christians; it's that it's too Christianized.

Federal Court Upholds Texas's War On Roe v. Wade

The restrictive abortion law that rocketed Wendy Davis to fame is making its way through the courts—and it could be upheld at the highest one.

More Than Corruption Threatens the Integrity of Our Democracy

The sad tale of how the Supreme Court got McCutcheon v. FEC wrong and how that's helping to foster an Inequality Era.  

Some Notes on the Outrage Industrial Complex

Liberals are now just as able as conservatives to find obscure people to hold up to ridicule. Does it matter?

Is the "Mend It" Period of the Affordable Care Act's Evolution Beginning?

Just like every major piece of legislation, it'll require adjustment. Even Republicans may be realizing that.

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