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September 4, 2015

Larry Lessig Has Way Too Much Faith in the Power of the Presidency

His diagnosis our campaign-finance problem is correct, but his solution is all wrong.

Donald Trump Has the Republican Party in the Palm of His Hand

The only question now is: Will he blow out his competition, or will Ben Carson make it competitive?

September 3, 2015

Can the Evangelical Left Rise Again?

Some argue that Jimmy Carter is the last progressive Evangelical. Others are more hopeful.

We'll Never Have a Tech Utopia

Technology can't make us into better people. 

America Should Not Help Europe With the Migrant Crisis

Let's focus on the real problems instead.

Let the Market Solve the College Sports Problem

Taking money out of the NCAA isn't the solution to the league's problems. We should let the market decide. 

Stop Being Petty, Bruce Springsteen. Let Republicans Play Your Music.

Liberal rock stars shouldn't allow politics to polarize our music, too.

How Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Became My Hero

Marilyn Mosby is the newest crime-fighting force in Baltimore.

Immigrants Don't Drain Welfare. They Fund It.

A new conservative study gets its facts wrong. Immigrants are helping pay for a system that many of them can't take advantage of.

Forget the $15 Minimum Wage. Here's Why 2016 Really Matters for Workers.

Barack Obama has become a hero to the labor movement, but a lot could change after he leaves office.

Paid Leave for Fathers Is Good for Everybody

How American policymakers can learn from Denmark's mistake.

Hillary Clinton's Taste in TV Is So Uncool, It’s Charming

Close-reading the presidential candidate's pop-culture habits.

September 2, 2015

Where the Dead Refuse to Vanish

Eka Kurniawan's fiction reckons with a bloody inheritance.

Kermit Has a New Girlfriend? Good. His Last One Was a Domestic Abuser.

Miss Piggy regularly beat him up, and everyone thought it was funny. Not anymore.

Conservatives Think “Ice Melts in Summer!” Is a Convincing Argument Against Climate Change

Obama is right: Our glaciers are vanishing. The evidence is overwhelming.

Throw Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis in Jail

She must be punished severely for denying marriage licenses to gay couples.

Salman Rushdie's Baffling Arabian Nights

Rushdie’s new novel aims to skewer superstition and belief—but gets lost in its own games

The People’s Obituary of Henry Kissinger—Before His Death

Greg Grandin's new book shows Kissinger compulsively drawn towards action for its own sake.

September 1, 2015

Cracking the Cartel

Turning amateurs into pros won’t stop the exploitation of football and basketball players.

Donald Trump Is the Favorite to Win the Republican Primary

Jeb Bush is hoping to pull a Mitt Romney, but 2016 isn't likely to play out like 2012 did.

More Homework Won't Make American Students Smarter

Too much homework can have negative health effects on kids, and offers little reward.

How Digital Media Unionization Can—and Can’t—Strengthen the Labor Movement

An inside look into digital media's recent unionization efforts. 

August 31, 2015

Against Musicians' Biographies

We should listen to the life of a song, not its singer.

Is Obama's Alaska Trip His "Mission Accomplished" Moment on Climate Change?

The president has made climate change a centerpiece of his presidency, but environmentalists aren't happy.

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