Politics

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Rethinking 'Zero Tolerance'

A new approach to discipline seeks to keep kids in school and, ultimately, out of prison. In one high school, the number of serious incidents of misbehavior plummeted 60 percent, after the start of a "restorative justice" program.

The Three Curses Faced By Democrats -- And How to Lift Them

In creating a better political future, it is better to be cursed with youth than blessed with age.

Twelve Years Later, Hillary Clinton Still Struggles to Explain Her Iraq War Vote

Why she said what she did, and what she could have said instead.

New Film About Liberal Gadfly Gore Vidal Totally Misses the Point

Gore Vidal rejoiced in making his readers' lives more complicated by baring the power drives underneath our political pieties. The United States of Amnesia does him, and its audience, no justice.

Progressives Win Big In Democratic Congressional Primaries

This week's Democratic congressional primaries amounted to a Progressive Super Tuesday. And it is the latest chapter in a larger story we’ve seen play out in American politics since the Wall Street economic wreck.

How Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Victory Began in New York City’s Zuccotti Park

Ever since the Occupy movement hit the streets, an explosion of worker unrest—especially among Walmart employees, workers at fast-food chains, janitors, and hospital workershas shaped the political life of America's cities.

The Inexorable March of Big Government Health Care

Nearly two in five Americans now get their health coverage through the federal government, and there's almost nothing conservatives can do about it.

Does Obama Have a Foreign Policy Doctrine? (Let's Hope Not)

A doctrine is what you need when you'd rather not be bothered to understand too much about any country we have to deal with or any situation we confront.

Why You Should Be Worried About Missouri's Extreme Abortion Bill

When every state is a battlefield in the war on women, every state counts.

Is 'The Fault In Our Stars' Author John Green His Generation's Pop Philosopher?

The author and phenom, with a bajillion Internet viewers, has built an avid Internet following with pep talks on how to be good. What does it mean to live like one of Green's "Nerdfighters"?

In an Obamacare Experiment, Maryland Aims to Make Its Poor More Healthy

In the rural area around Cumberland, the obesity rate is almost 29 percent, nutrition is poor and food insecurity is high. With a waiver from the federal government to experiment with preventive care, state officials hope to reverse those trends.

Did Pope Francis Throw the Symbolism Contest to the Palestinians?

For the head of the Catholic Church to visit a Jewish memorial and say nothing of the historical Holocaust—the Jewish victims; the role of the Church in creating in European anti-Semitism—is jarring.

Reparations and the Subprime Meltdown in the Era of Obama

No matter how much a black family evinced the values and virtues of the middle class, that family was still likely to be punished, humiliated and to falter.

How 'Pick-Up Artist' Philosophy and Its More Misogynist Backlash Shaped Mind of Alleged Killer Elliot Rodger

“I’m the perfect guy, and yet you throw yourselves at all these obnoxious men, instead of me, the supreme gentleman,” Rodger complained in the video. “I will punish all of you for it.”

The Good Scandal

The controversy over the Veterans Health Administration offers an opportunity for some positive change.

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