Alec MacGillis
Senior Editor

The Four Dumb Things People Are Saying About Detroit
July 19, 2013

As if the news that a major American city is headed into bankruptcy isn’t bad enough, we now also must contend with an inevitable byproduct: inane, ungrounded commentary on Detroit’s decline.

Boston's Wicked Lame Reaction to the Rolling Stone Cover
July 18, 2013

Last week, the New York Times ran a big story above the fold on the front page raising serious questions about the failure of Massachusetts authorities to scrutinize Tamerlan Tsarnaev in the Sept.

We've Had Our Conversation on Race. Now We Need One On Guns.
July 16, 2013

Of course the George Zimmerman trial was about race, and it’s natural for us to spend the days after the verdict deliberating that in all its particulars.

The Real Reason Why Republicans Folded on the Filibuster
July 16, 2013

The constitutional crisis du jour has been averted.

Nuclear War
Why filibuster reform matters
July 15, 2013

What happens if an entire 80-year-old agency of the United States government with some 1700 employees effectively ceases functioning, even as it continues to exist on paper and occupy a line on the federal budget?

Reasons to Be Thankful for Bob McDonnell
July 11, 2013

It's turning out that Bob McDonnell had all of us fooled.

The War on Obamacare Will Kill Immigration Reform—and the GOP's 2016 Hopes
July 10, 2013

Immigration reform was supposed to be different than health care reform. A few wonks aside, Republicans have never had any real interest in expanding health insurance coverage to those who lack it.

A Hard Film to Swallow
The anti-drug documentary that West Virginians refuse to watch
July 10, 2013

The anti-drug documentary that West Virginians refuse to watch.

Careful Whom You Call a Hypocrite, Washington
July 09, 2013

One of the entertaining parts of the rollout of This Town, Mark Leibovich's characteristically perceptive and well-turned expose of self-dealing and self-importance in official Washington, has been watching reviewers attempt to attach Larger Meaning

Is The Fiery Quebec Train Crash Another Setback For Keystone?
July 08, 2013

It was overshadowed by the fatal plane crash in San Francisco, but don't be surprised if the horrific runaway train accident in eastern Quebec, where oil tanker cars derailed and exploded, killing at least five and wiping out the downtown district of