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July 30, 2014

McDonald's Workers Were Just Handed a Huge Victory by the Obama Administration

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

Social Security Could Decide Who Controls Congress

By attacking Social Security Disability Insurance specifically, Republicans seem to think they can start dismantling the whole of Social Security without openly targeting it.

Millennials Don't Want to Climb the Traditional Ladder

The sequence of a career used to be so simple.

July 29, 2014

The Truth About Food Stamps (Hint: They Work and Help Millions)

A primer on one of the most successful anti-poverty programs we have—and why conservative plans to dismantle it make no sense.

Israel-U.S. Relations Have Gotten So Bad That Everyone Believed a Likely Hoax

A "leaked," likely fake transcript of an Obama-Netanyahu phone call reveals the Israeli media's massive distrust of the U.S.

Here's a Quick, Smart Way Obama Could Raise Worker Wages

Tell federal agencies to stop contracting with firms that don't treat their employees well.

Prison Reform May Be The Last Bipartisan Issue Left in D.C.

Even Van Jones and Newt Gingrich agree.

The West Has Cornered Putin—and That's When He's Most Dangerous

Sanctions have backed Putin into a corner. He just might lash out.

Making Money Shouldn't Be the Purpose of a College Education

Money magazine's college rankings are the most pernicious yet.

Rick Perry's Decision to Send the National Guard to the Border Still Makes No Sense

They can't make arrests. So they can't actually do anything. 

The U.S. Is Accidentally Pushing Kurdistan Toward Independence From Iraq

Kurdish oil is sitting off the Texas coast right now—and a U.S. judge just ordered its seizure.

Congress Is Running out of Time to Pass These Necessary Bills

The two sides have actually made some progress on two big issues, but the toughest one still remains.

Why Are Conservative Health Journalists Covering for Halbig Truthers?

Conservative health writers are repudiating their own reporting to back this ridiculous Obamacare lawsuit argument.

If Republicans Were Serious About Spending Less, They'd Act on Climate Change

The longer we wait, the more it costs us. Welcome to the White House's latest argument in favor for climate change action.

House Republicans Are Helping People (and Corporations) Cheat on Their Taxes

And they say they're concerned about the deficit ...

July 28, 2014

One More Clue that the Obamacare Lawsuits Are Wrong

Here's what a key House staffer thought in 2010, while Congress was still writing the Affordable Care Act.

An Attack on the Ivy League Is an Attack on Meritocracy Itself

Ivy League schools tend to reward values and ideals that Americans would do well to rally behind.

The Coal Industry Has Been Fear-Mongering for 40 Years Now

These old newspaper ads prove the industry's predictions have always been wrong.

Who Killed This Woman?

Her husband, father, or brothers? The mysterious story of one brutal honor killing in Pakistan.

Can World of Warcraft Save Higher Education?

Is World of Warcraft really the key to keeping students interested?

Philip Seymour Hoffman Is Haunting in His Last Major Role

'A Most Wanted Man' showcases the actor's uncompromising talent.

In Defense of Public Libraries

The importance of public libraries can't be exaggerated.

Inflation Hawks Have Been Wrong for Years. Should We Listen to Them Now?

Richard Fisher's track record of predictions is paltry.

In France, It Really Matters What Politicians Wear. Even Men.

François Hollande is just the country's latest fashion victim.

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