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August 1, 2014

The Future of Minimum Wage Will Be Decided in Cities

Why Seattle is part of a trend, not an anomaly.

July 31, 2014

Scott Walker's Turn Toward Populist, Pro-Tax Campaign Rhetoric Suggests He's In Trouble

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

Thomas Piketty Is Wrong: America Will Never Look Like a Jane Austen Novel

The fundamental flaw in the French economist's great theory.

Is Modern Culture Making Us Crazier?

The science behind America's deepening disturbance.

Ted Cruz Proves Why He’s Still the Most Hated Man in Congress

Guess who's back causing problems for the Republican Party again?

A Timely New Spy Thriller Doesn't Over-Simplify Arab-Israeli Politics

"The Honorable Woman" is a smart drama about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Why Cow Farts and Belches Are Obama's Next Big Targets on Climate Change

Obama is making so-called "clean" natural gas his next big climate target. 

Was Louis XVI Overthrown by Ideas?

Jonathan Israel and Lynn Hunt's debate Hunt's revent review of his Revolutionary Ideas.

Don't Let Republicans Erase Vaginas From Women's Health

Or uteri, or fallopian tubes, or cervices, or ovaries!

Boehner's Border Bill Is a Sideshow

Who cares if the GOP leadership can pass their bill on the border crisis? It's terrible anyway.

My Obamacare Truther Moment

I told a radio interviewer I wasn't really sure about a detail in the Senate bill—and then I kept talking. Bad idea.

These 5 Things Will Decide Whether Obama Reduces Deportations

Why Obama might want to go big on protecting undocumented immigrants—and why he might not.

July 30, 2014

I'm a Doctor. Here's Why I'll Ask You About Guns.

A federal court upheld a Florida law prohibiting physicians from asking about gun ownership. That's nuts.

The Next Big Fight in Income Inequality Is About to Go Down in California

The Bay Area's bold campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour. 

How Ronald Reagan Rode America's Delusions to the White House

Did Ronald Reagan unite the nation by dividing it? 

Retire the Dead Presidents and Put These Women on Our Nation's Currency

Why does our currency only feature dead white men? It's time for a change. 

James Franco's Utterly Misguided Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy

What happens when a selfie-addicted celebrity takes on the darkest of American masters?

Skin Cancer Is Skyrocketing in America—and Men Have It Worse

The Surgeon General's report will have you running for shade.

California Could Really Use All of That Water Lost in the UCLA Flood

While UCLA students frolic in their pop-up pools, farmers in other parts of California are dealing with dangerously low groundwater levels.

Conservatives Are Already Planning for the Supreme Court to Nuke Obamacare Subsidies

Halbig Truthers are trying to rig the debate, so that Republicans don’t suffer any consequences for not fixing the Obamacare error.

Ira Glass Is a Philistine for Saying Shakespeare Sucks, But He's in Good Company

There's a long list of famous writers (Tolstoy!) who insulted Shakespeare's work.

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