Politics

My Great Depression

Pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will, counseled Antonio Gramsci. But in 2016, pessimism is gaining the upper hand.

Going Local in the Fight Against Inequality

What progressives can learn from de Blasio’s policies in New York City.

The New Labor Movement: Solidarity Without Conformity

A union president explains how labor should adjust to changing times.

As License-Plate Tracking Increases, Privacy Advocates Press for More Regulation

The powerful, largely unregulated technology poses significant privacy and civil liberty risks.

The Nightstalker

Donald Trump’s wandering, ominous presence at the debate called to mind a famous monster—though his pronouncements were more monstrous still.

If the 2016 Campaign Were a Satirical Novel

It's almost a bit too on the nose to be a biting caricature of American politics.

Recreational Marijuana Ballot Measures Usher In Next Phase in Drug War

With five states poised to vote on legalizing pot, millennials and minority groups are key voting blocs.

The Hardened Divide in American Politics

When did hyper-partisanship begin? Pre-election polling data point to the mid-1990s.

How the Real Estate Lobby -- and Trump -- Got a Huge Tax Break

Amid an economic recession, the industry, with the help of Trump, flexed its political muscle to get a special tax carve-out for wealthy developers. 

Trump’s Voter Fraud Fantasy

Donald Trump’s exhortations to supporters to monitor polling places in “certain areas” recycles voter fraud myths that increasingly are being rejected by scholars and federal courts.

Decoding Mike Pence's Misogyny

Having lost the women’s vote, the Trump campaign doubles down on gendered language.

High Court Hears Case Challenging Discriminatory Testimony

A case now being argued before the Supreme Court challenges the constitutionality of supposedly “expert” testimony claiming that race can determine a criminal’s danger to society.

Black Burdens, White Wages, and the Persistence of Economic Inequality

A new report finds that the racial wage gap has widened since 1979.

Protests Greet Puerto Rico Control Board

A congressionally chartered control board tasked with fixing Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has been stacked with banking industry executives and faces mounting public opposition.

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