Rich Yeselson

Rich Yeselson, a writer who lives in Washington, D.C., is writing a book about the Taft-Hartley Act.

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Both candidates favor repealing much of the law that slammed the brakes on unions’ growth. Read more

Working in America


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If the new proletariat starts identifying as a class, it could transform politics.  Read more

Money, Politics and Power

The determination to represent the entire working class is the best chance labor has had in over 40 years to put the “labor question” before the nation again. Read more

Civil Rights in America

Today’s Republicans have become the very kind of obstructionist faction—with apocalyptic politics—that the primary author of our Constitution warned us against. Read more


2014 doesn't look like it's going to be all bad for unions, but it won't be all good, either. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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As recent calamities show, change takes empathy—plus insisting on making yourself heard. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


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If union adversaries can pass a right-to-work law in the home of the once-powerful United Auto Workers, they can pretty much do it anywhere. Read more

Money, Politics and Power


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The former presidential candidate challenged the country he loved while firmly embracing its people. Read more

Money, Politics and Power



From Democrat to Republican to Democrat again, from his fierce opposition of Robert Bork to his cutthroat cross examination of Anita Hill, Specter was always, above all, a politician. Read more

Health and Social Policy

Timothy Noah's The Great Divergence deftly explores the roots and resurgence of American inequality. Read more


In The Escape Artists, Noam Scheiber depicts a White House out of its depth on the financial crisis. Read more


Reading Obama as cut loose from history is incorrect. Obama's promise is not to remove us from history but rather to find a "usable past" in American ideals of equality, justice, and fraternity. Read more