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In a new study, a surprising number of conservatives say they'd like to live in a rural area. So what's stopping them?

Why Republicans Hate Their Leaders: Eric Cantor Edition

As far as the activist base is concerned, the very act of taking office is little more than a prelude to betrayal.

Four Fundamental Econ Facts Missed By Economist Cantor-Slayer David Brat

Leaving aside his characterization of sub-Saharan Africans as less than productive, the economics professor who bumped the House Majority Leader from his post proves himself economically illiterate.

Should We Be Concerned About Privatization of the V.A.?

Congress is about to pass a bill allowing vets to receive care at private providers. If it's the first step toward privatization, that could be a big problem.

Beth Schwartzapfel Wins Sidney Award for Prospect's Prison Labor Exposé

The Sidney Hillman Foundation honors author of the Prospect investigation, 'The Great American Chain Gang.'

Republican Rhetoric and Right-Wing Terrorism: 10 Troubling Incidents

Is there a connection? The answer is, it's complicated. 

Why the GOP Is the Party of Creative Thinking

They may not have a lot of policy ideas, but when it comes to innovative procedural thinking, they leave the Democrats in the dust.

Have Republicans Moved So Far Right They Left Their Own Voters Behind?

On at least a couple of issues, one poll suggests they have.

Bring On the Stupid

The inspiring festival of feigned outrage and inane controversies that is the modern American electoral campaign.

Maureen Dowd Gets Way Too High

The New York Times columnist demonstrates the dangers of extrapolating from your personal experience, especially when you did something really stupid.

The Bowe Bergdahl Situation Is Complicated. Let's Not Pretend Otherwise.

We should acknowledge both the benefits and the risks of the deal to obtain his release. But conservatives keep talking like it's 2002.

Facial Recognition and the Loss of Anonymity

The latest Snowden revelation says the NSA is increasingly relying on facial recognition, as are lots of law enforcement agencies. Before long, the right to anonymity in public could be gone.

Maybe It's Time We Did Declare War On Coal

The administration will protest that they're doing nothing of the sort. But why don't we?

Resignation: What Kind of V.A. Secretary Was Eric Shinseki?

Since nobody paid attention to it until there was a scandal, reporters didn't have the knowledge to tell us whether Eric Shinseki was doing a good or bad job.

Who's Hacking Your Phone?

What scares you more: the idea that the NSA could take control of your phone, or the idea that a foreign intelligence service could? 

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