The Border Effect

The fence along the U.S.–Mexico boundary has helped reduce the flow of illegal immigrants, but the human and environmental toll has been enormous.

Pilgrims in an Unholy Land

A Prospect reporter's dispatch from the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

What Romney Left Behind

He actually could talk about health care. But he won't.

History Lesson: Tax Cuts Are No Magic Bullet

The terrible record of a central conservative tenet

Wall Street Built That

One year of Occupy

#OWS Is Not the Liberal Tea Party

The progressive movement is the real counterpoint to the Tea Party, and it was made much stronger by the 99 percent's successful attempt to change the conversation on inequality.

Two-Faced on Taxes

Republicans talk very differently about the tax policy of the past and the tax policy of the future.

How We Should (Voter) Roll

In 2008, 2.2 million Americans couldn't cast ballots because their voter registration was messed up. One in four aren't registered at all. There may be a solution—and one that should please both left and right. 

Big Oil's Political Blitz

$153 million in television ads and counting

Killing Dodd-Frank Softly

To block financial regulations, industries and their congressional allies delay, delay, delay—and if necessary, sue.

Riches to Massive Riches: The Michael McCaul Story

How the Texas representative topped Roll Call's 50 Richest Members of Congress

Understanding Poverty: What the Census Doesn't Tell Us

How we measure poverty is outdated 

Peer Power: Facebook, Voting, and Social Influence

Is voting turning into more of a social decision? 

The Simple Question That Never Gets Asked

It isn't that hard to do.

The Pension Pinch

The shift to 401(k)-type plans was the most tectonic shift in personal finance over the last 20 years