Politics

Sarah Palin and Modern Political Entrepreneurialism

She's found a way to get rich while pleasing her fans and performing a public service for the rest of us. 

The Limits of American Power: Judging Obama's Foreign Policy

The Bush administration taught us the folly of overreach, but America simply can't exit the world stage. The dangers are too great.

A New Phase In the Marijuana Legalization Debate

The New York Times comes out for legalization, and the question shifts from "Is pot bad?" to "Is prohibition worse than the alternative?"

A Bright Spot In Obama's Foreign Policy: Iran. Yes, Iran

With a glimmer of success on the horizon, Obama's critics are predicting the apocalypse.

Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor 'Biblical Economics' Practices

Religious Right leaders have been working hard to convince conservative evangelicals that the Tea Party’s anti-government, anti-union, anti-welfare agenda is grounded in the Bible, setting the stage for more "religious liberty" legal arguments by corporation owners.

Hillary for Liberals: A Conversation With Walter Shapiro

"As a campaigner, Hillary can do a shot and a beer better than Barack Obama can," Shapiro says. So there's that.

This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem

Why both sides in the Gaza conflict saw irrational decisions as reasonable

There Is No Border Crisis: There Are Frightened Children, Fleeing Death

America’s response to child refugees from Central America is downright shameful.

7 Foreign Policy Crises That Show Republicans Prefer Disaster to Solutions

Leaders like Cheney seem more concerned with appearing muscular than solving global conflicts. In fact, attempt a solution, and you'll be called weak.

Here's Why One Day You Will Probably Fall In Love With a Robot

It's not that you won't realize you've fallen head over heels for a piece of software; it's that you won't care.

Go Ahead, Bash My City: I Can Take It

Here's the real Cleveland joke: the utter dissonance of the GOP celebrating its platform of inequality in this working-class, majority-black, decidedly Blue city, where Republican attempts to suppress minority votes pose a regular problem.

This Is What Happened When I Took the MTA Bus to Pick Up Food Stamps

A response to a much-chattered-about article by an upper-middle-class white woman who was appalled to find herself judged when she applied for food stamps.

Welcome to Cleveland, GOP! Now Let Me Tell You Where to Go

Republicans will nominate their 2016 presidential candidate in the Rock and Roll Capital of the World. A native offers GOP hopefuls a geopolitical guide to Northeast Ohio.

Argentina's Loss to Germany Nothing Compared to Financial Rout By U.S.

As Merkel starves ailing European economies, SCOTUS is doing worse to Argentina's.

Minimum Wage For Tipped Workers Hasn’t Increased Since the Fall of the Soviet Union

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute shows the ravages of an artificially depressed wage on food servers and other workers.

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