Alec MacGillis
Senior Editor

Sequestration's Latest Victim: The American Justice System
August 23, 2013

The country’s political class has been engaged in a rare bout of bipartisan self-congratulation of late over the growing consensus around the need for prison reform.

Obama Proposes Another GOP Idea That Republicans Will Probably Oppose
August 22, 2013

With much fanfare, President Obama today announced a new set of proposals to rein in the cost of higher education, the most eye-catching of which is the creation of a ranking—based on metrics such as affordability, graduation rates, and recruitment o

Raising the Minimum Wage Could Be a Winning Issue for Democrats. Here's Why.
August 21, 2013

Earlier this month, I noted that Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democrat running against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, was, intriguingly, elevating an issue that one doesn't hear Democrats elsewhere talking up nearly as much as they should: raising the

The Obamacare Opposition Has Finally Caught Its Own Tail
August 20, 2013

It's time to pop the champagne and blow the kazoos: the war on Obamacare has officially reached its point of reductio ad absurdum.

Maybe the Sequester Wasn't So Overstated After All
August 19, 2013

Not long ago, the emerging Beltway consensus was that the impact of the budget sequestration that went into effect last spring had been wildly overstated.

Latest in Gun Control: Bullet-Resistant Classroom Whiteboards!
August 16, 2013

Legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases is still stalled in the Senate.

Christine Quinn Has the Same Problem That Hillary Clinton Had in 2008
August 14, 2013

Here’s a fun game that helps us understand what’s at work in the topsy-turvy New York City mayor’s race, where Public Advocate Bill de Blasio has surged to the lead in a new poll, ahead of the establishment favorite for the Democratic nomination, Cit

The Vote Suppressors Will Come After Hillary, Too
August 13, 2013

One couldn’t help but feel disheartened last night when word came that Hillary Clinton was giving a strong speech in California against Republican voter suppression efforts at the same time as North Carolina’s governor was signing into law a wide-ran

Hypocrisy for Sale: Craigslist Founder Invests in Journalism Ethics Book
August 12, 2013

Here’s a fun little trip through an era of “disruption” in the media industry:February 2, 2010, Silicon Valley Watcher:Rick Edmonds, over on Poynter Online, notes that the classified ads sector dropped to $6 billion in 2009.

Mitch McConnell's New Ad Makes Him Look Like Hendrix at Woodstock
August 09, 2013

Mitch McConnell may be having troubles on the campaign manager front—you'd rather have someone in that role who isn't telling people he is "holding [his] nose" working for you. But say this for McConnell—he's got an ace ad-maker at his side.

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