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Abby Rapoport

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Abby Rapoport is a freelance journalist, and former staff writer at The American Prospect. She was previously a political reporter for the Texas Observer.

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As cities have moved left and states have moved right, the conflicts between them have escalated.  Read more

Economic Policy

Slowly but steadily, SCOTUS is decimating every legal justification for campaign-finance rules. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Flickr/Victoria Pickering

By appointing an advocate for defendants' rights as the new pardon attorney, the Obama administration has signaled it is serious about commuting drug offenses. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

For the first time, we can compare states’ election performance from one election to the next. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

An evangelical Christian and former prosecutor, Mark Osler has become one of the country’s most effective advocates for criminal-justice reform.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

This week, New York State failed to pass public financing reform for campaigns. The buck stopped at the governor's desk—reformers are ticked. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Images/Austin American-Statesman/Jay Janner

Will the tragedy at SXSW change the nature of the celebration in years to come? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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The education conference brings in interesting thinkers but doesn’t let them debate the big ideas. So what's the point?  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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Given the GOP's base, even the party's middle-of-the-road conservatives are pretty extreme. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

There’s no binary opposition between “establishment” candidates and those affiliated with the Tea Party in the state—in other words, no convenient narrative.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Because their candidates have been losing for the better part of two decades, few with political capital are eager to run statewide.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

A '70s-style clemency board could free thousands still serving unjust crack sentences—and restore faith in presidential pardons Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The bad, the ugly, and Texas pre-K Read more

Education in America

Long lines and broken machines could be fixed with proper oversight. All congress needs to do is fill the empty slots on the "zombie commission." Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Handicapping the big fights yet to be waged for voting rights Read more

Money, Politics and Power

If the parties started competing for votes across the map, the real winner wouldn't be Democrats or Republicans; it would be small-d democracy.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Images/Steve Helber

Terry McAuliffe is poised to become the next leader of the Old Dominion. How did he pull it off? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File

Part of the state's infamously restrictive abortion law has been declared unconstitutional, but it's far from a victory. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Slowly but steadily, SCOTUS is decimating every legal justification for campaign-finance rules. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

doj2.jpe

Flickr/Victoria Pickering

By appointing an advocate for defendants' rights as the new pardon attorney, the Obama administration has signaled it is serious about commuting drug offenses. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

For the first time, we can compare states’ election performance from one election to the next. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

An evangelical Christian and former prosecutor, Mark Osler has become one of the country’s most effective advocates for criminal-justice reform.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

This week, New York State failed to pass public financing reform for campaigns. The buck stopped at the governor's desk—reformers are ticked. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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

Money, Politics and Power

ap977672772112_0.jpg.jpe

AP Images/Austin American-Statesman/Jay Janner

Will the tragedy at SXSW change the nature of the celebration in years to come? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

There’s no binary opposition between “establishment” candidates and those affiliated with the Tea Party in the state—in other words, no convenient narrative.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

A '70s-style clemency board could free thousands still serving unjust crack sentences—and restore faith in presidential pardons Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Handicapping the big fights yet to be waged for voting rights Read more

Money, Politics and Power

If the parties started competing for votes across the map, the real winner wouldn't be Democrats or Republicans; it would be small-d democracy.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

ap141466555549.jpe

AP Images/Steve Helber

Terry McAuliffe is poised to become the next leader of the Old Dominion. How did he pull it off? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

ap607158999641.jpe

AP Photo/Tamir Kalifa, File

Part of the state's infamously restrictive abortion law has been declared unconstitutional, but it's far from a victory. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Images/Tony Dejak

Ohio's John Kasich is one of the few Republican governors to approve Medicaid expansion and he did it using distinctly unconventional tactics—some say illegal ones.   Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Photo/Chuck Burton

Wondering why you haven't heard about people going without essential programs? States are covering for the feds, but they can't keep it up much longer. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Images/Nick Wass

How does the new prospect look going into her first big-league season? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The attorney general is challenging North Carolina's restrictive voting law, along with Texas's—is he taking the logical course of action, or going double or nothing? Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Photo/Harry Hamburg

While Congress has done its darndest to kill the Affordable Care Act, Republican governors in some swing states have taken a lead in pushing for Medicaid expansion. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

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AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Chris Russell

The five most important takeaways from the experiments in Iowa and Arkansas Read more

Money, Politics and Power