Religious Belief Declining Very Slowly Around the World

But people still turn more to belief as they age. 

Romney Cookie Apology Coming In 3...2...1...

Now the campaign's getting substantive.

Levon Helm, 1940-2012

May he rest in peace.

A New Kind of Gold Standard?

The Missouri House gives preliminary support for a bill to designate gold and silver coins as legal tender. And it's hardly the only state considering such legislation.

Republicans Keeping Anti-Gay Views in the Closet

North Carolina's GOP gubernatorial candidate doesn't want to talk about opposition to same-sex marriage.

There's No Politics Like Show Politics

You'll have a better time watching Veep if you don't expect the show to tell you much about the real or even "real" Washington.

Playing "What If" with Health-Care Reform

Jim Webb repeats a few misconceptions about the fight over the Affordable Care Act.

President Romney and the Republican Congress

If he wins, his party will probably control both houses.

Budget Battle Royale

Today's Balance Sheet

Arizona Asks the Court Not to Trust the Feds

In state immigration law, local authorities offer to “help” the federal government by taking over its job.

Mitt Romney Passes the Competence Test

Voters trust that the former Massachusetts governor could get things done in the White House.

Why More Democrats Aren't Coming Out for Marriage Equality

A crude cost-benefit analysis of the issue and its support on the campaign trail

Relax, Ladies! The Texas GOP Has Your Back

After doing their best to dismantle the Women's Health Program—and losing federal funding in the process—the state's Republicans promise they'll find the money somehow.

How Mitt Romney's Supporters Are Like Uncle Leo

Is anti-Mormonism lurking everywhere?