Politics

Affirmative Action, Race or Class: An Exchange

Should universities shift their recruitment focus away from race and onto poor neighborhoods?

Ted Cruz, Legislative Innovator

Stoking GOP division and dismay could be the only path he has to becoming the party's presidential nominee.

Eric Cantor Shows Why We Need to Get Rid of Special House Elections

He can't be bothered to show up for work for a few more months. So why should we bother to replace him?

How Republicans Are Heightening the Contradictions

Causing some short-term pain isn't a problem, if it gets us closer to the day when Republicans rule.

Republicans Take Careful Aim At Foot, Blast Away

The House voted to sue President Obama, a move that will prove substantively futile and politically disastrous for Republicans.

College Sticker Price Still Matters. Here's Why.

Sure, there are "coupons" like scholarships and grants, but sticker price still has a big impact on both the federal government and students.

Why Organizing for Action Has Struggled So Much

Creating grassroots engagement with a national focus is extraordinarily hard.

The Problem With Both "Pro-Israel" and "Anti-Israel"

This dichotomy is the enemy of reason and moral judgment.

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?"

The Money Behind Big Oil's Win On Atlantic Drilling

The Obama administration's controversial decision in favor of the petroleum industry comes during an election season in which Republicans are reaping greater rewards than even pro-drilling Democrats.

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.

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