A Convention of Bootstrap-Pullers

Which tells us absolutely nothing about their policies.

What Romney's Speech Didn't Do

It probably won't change anything.

Gabby Douglas: No Poland Spring Girl

Racial stereotypes keep the gold medalist from the choicest endorsement deals.

Chasing Swingers, Not Specifics

The Republican convention sought to convince swing voters—all evidence to the contrary—that the party does not hate women, minorities, and the poor.

Pennsylvania Has a New Voter ID Option—But Serious Burdens Remain

The new "card of last resort" means everyone in the state can get an ID—but that hardly solves all the problem's with the state's strict requirement.

Did Hubris Kill Texas's Photo ID Law?

A panel of judges rejects a discriminatory law—and Texas Republicans have only themselves to blame.

The Hidden Candidate

Mitt Romney wants to be president, but he doesn’t want us to see him.

Obama and the Two Virginias

The president's visit to Charlottesville brings out the two sharply different demographics fighting for power in the state.

Fact-Checkers Are No Match For Romney and Ryan

If you don't care whether you get called out for lying, you'll keep on lying.

Foreclosure Free-For-All

The CFPB is getting resistance from its allies on proposed mortgage policies. 

And the Nominees for Best Political Actor Are ...

The Prospect takes a look at convention-intro videos of years past.

All Quiet on the Hurricane Front

Riding out Isaac in the Big Easy

Quest for Immortality Suffers Setback

Go ahead and eat.

A Star Is Born

Paul Ryan attacks Barack Obama—and blows Mitt Romney away.

The "Great Man" Theory of Rape

Overlooking sexual harassment and rape for the sake of WikiLeaks' reputation does more harm than good to the organization's name.