Politics

Going Beyond Protest

In 1963, America was overtly racist and needed a massive March on Washington. Today, racial bias is more subtle but just as insidious—we must learn to fight it differently.

When Giving It the Old College Try Fails

Almost half of Americans drop out of college and are left with debt. Is it time for a bigger investment in vocational training for young people? 

Why Supersized CEO Pay Is the Worst—in Three Charts

Unpacking the data that highlights all the problems with executive paychecks.

Total Eclipse of the Fetal Heart

The Ohio state legislature is about to debate an extremely restrictive abortion bill. Again.

No Empire Strikes Back

The days of unilateral imperial action are gone—American power is not enough to solve the conflicts in Egypt and Syria.  

Let's Avoid the Fog of War

The benefits of a U.S. military strike against Syria don't outweigh the costs.

Nikki Giovanni Remembers 1963 with a New Poem

New work from a legendary writer in honor of the March on Washington's 50th anniversary, and a conversation on growing up during the civil-rights movement

Freedom Fighters—the Next Generation

 An interview with Phillip Agnew, executive director of the Florida-based civil-rights group, the Dream Defenders.

Brian Sims Wants to Fix Pennsylvania

The state's first openly gay state representative talks the Russian Olympics boycott, the war on women, and where progressives are about to make headway.

Prison Reform: No Longer Politically Toxic?

Attorney General Eric Holder may have brought attention to the problems of prison sentencing, but it's been state legislatures—including staunchly conservatives ones—that have taken the lead in finding solutions.

When I'm Old and Gay

Retirement can be sweet for well-off LGBT elders, but it is fraught with perils for most.

Against a "Post-Racial" Voting Rights Act

Some have argued that the best way to protect minority voters is to pass broad election reforms. Here's why they're wrong.

Who Cares What the Framers Thought about the Filibuster?

Even if the founding fathers thought the filibuster was great, we have no reason to defer to their wisdom any more than we're obligated to protect slavery or deny women the vote.

Washington's Weed Whackers

D.C. medical marijuana dispensaries are finally open for business, but the nightmare of federal regulations and prohibitions still loom.

Get to Know Section 3 of the Voting Rights Act

There's a lot we still don't know about the most important remaining legal provision we have to help fight voter discrimination. Like, will it actually work?

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