Issue: Spring 2017

Issue number: 2


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The impact of imprisoned parents on children shows how criminal justice policy is education policy. Read more

Education in America


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Jonathan Chait lays out a case for Obama as a transformative president.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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Two new books on America's religious history provide key insights into the currents that produced one of the country's least religious and least biblically literate presidents. Read more

Money, Politics and Power



The FDA's authority was under legal attack even before Trump. Now the agency faces a triple threat.  Read more

Health and Social Policy


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For Chicago's poor, who can't afford attorneys, bail hearings often don't last longer than a few seconds—and may keep them in jail for want of a few hundred dollars.  Read more

Law and Justice

Trump goes after the news media not because he thinks they’re strong, but because he thinks they’re weak and he can diminish them further. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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A new book highlights the decline of male employment. Read more


Get ready for everything from private infrastructure and private prisons to voucherized schools and Medicaid. Read more

, Money, Politics and Power

The Trump administration plans to decimate environmental safeguards—so blue states and cities are stepping up their efforts to arrest climate change. Read more

Energy and the Environment


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Expanding a strategy on which liberals and conservatives can agree Read more

, Health and Social Policy

Under Trump, it's open season on health, safety, labor, financial, and environmental measures—that protect people who voted for him. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The right backs states' rights when that's convenient—but uses federal preemption to overrule blue state policies. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The surprising impact of popular movements on judicial doctrines Read more



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Don't mistake the corporate embrace of diversity for defense of democracy.  Read more


Confronted by the crisis that is the Trump presidency, American progressives have overcome identity politics’ barriers and joined up in mutual defense. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The profusion of citizen organizing as defense—and offense Read more

Money, Politics and Power

While Hillary Clinton was losing Montana by more than 23 points, Steve Bullock was elected governor running as a progressive Democrat. What can the rest of us learn from Montana?  Read more

Economic Policy

America’s mega-state is now clearly its leftmost, too—and on social insurance, climate change, and immigrant rights, it has more capacity and desire to defeat Republican reaction than any other institution. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

How pharmacy benefit managers morphed from processors to predators Read more

Health and Social Policy

If they’re to retake Congress in 2018, Democrats need their newfound activist hordes to focus on health coverage—and diverse, upscale swing districts. Read more

Money, Politics and Power