Politics

George Takei, Living Long and Prospering from Social Media

How the former Star Trek star has become internet’s funny, corny uncle and its moral compass.

Is It Time to Take Rand Paul Seriously?

A candidate is as a candidate does, and Paul is building a campaign faster than anyone else.

Yet Another Legal Attack on Obamacare

A lawsuit in D.C. Circuit Court that has flown under the radar has the potential to do immense damage to the health care law. 

No, Fracking Is Not Making the U.S. More Secure

National security think tanks are cheerleading for the shale gas industry with near-complete disregard for climate change and water security. Guess who’s funding the studies? 

Your Virtual Future

Virtual reality is finally coming, and it could end up being as big as the Internet itself.

The Conversation: Joshua Steckel and Andrew Delbanco

Steckel, a high school college counselor and author of Hold Fast to Dreams, and Delbanco, author of College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, discuss the collegiate experience of low-income students.

Are Iowa Farmers Better Than the Rest of Us?

Of course not. But we have finally arrived in the Republic of Gaffes.

Hobby Lobby and the Return of the "Negro Travelers' Green Book"

If businesses are allowed to discriminate citing religious beliefs, then get ready to see some ugly throwbacks to pre-Civil Rights Era America. 

 

The Political Roots and Ramifications of the Hobby Lobby Case

If Republicans understand the damage they continue to do to themselves, they don't seem to care.

If a Candidate Goes to Iowa and No Reporter Pays Attention, Has the Presidential Campaign Begun?

The media have free will on whether to cover what potential candidates are doing. But you have free will on whether to pay attention.

The Death of an Employer Scam

The government cracks down on employers who pretend their workers aren’t really employees.

After the Midterms: Impeachment?

The rhetoric surrounding the president has always been extreme, but how far could it go this year?

What the Koch Brothers Can Do For Liberals

There's no villain like a president from the other party. But in a pinch, a couple of billionaire brothers will do.

Disrespecting Your Defender

As he insults the Obama administration, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon weakens his own country.

The GOP's Racial Dog Whistling and the Social Safety Net

Republicans' coded language is as much about riling up animus towards the very existence of certain social programs as it is hate-mongering.

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