Alec MacGillis
Senior Editor

This Is a Cop. In America.
The disturbing trend toward secrecy in American policing
August 14, 2014

The two reasons for this trend are equally depressing.

Those War-Ready Cops in Ferguson Are 9/11's Awful Legacy—and Your Taxes Are Paying for It
August 14, 2014

Local police departments have been given an insane amount of money and military-grade weaponry.

Guess Where the Gangs Get Their Guns?
The ATF’s man in El Salvador will be glad to tell you
August 12, 2014

This is his story.

Scott Walker Is Desperate. He's Attacking His Democratic Challenger—From the Left.
July 31, 2014

What the heck is going on in the Wisconsin governor's race?

McDonald's Workers Were Just Handed a Huge Victory by the Obama Administration
July 30, 2014

A rare bit of good news for millions of low-wage, fast-food workers.

Obama Understands the Border Crisis Better Than Rick Perry. His Child-Migrant Plan Proves It.
July 25, 2014

A humanitarian crisis demands a humanitarian response—not more guns on the border.

America's Wild-West Gun Laws Are Helping Fuel the Border Crisis
The unwanted traffic between the U.S. and Central America goes both ways
July 20, 2014

The unwanted traffic between the U.S. and Central America goes both ways.

Where Are Putin's American Admirers Now?
Let's not forgot those who praised the "brilliant" Russian president
July 18, 2014

Let's not forgot those who praised the "brilliant" Russian president.

The Border Crisis Is Not "Obama's Katrina." Not Even Close.
July 08, 2014

The comparison is so absurd, it's almost not worth disproving. Almost.

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