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March 6, 2015

How Conservative Supreme Court Justices Harmed Their Own Anti-Obamacare Cause

What evokes coercion better than a bunch of states scrambling to do something they didn't want?

Chris Christie Has Hit Rock Bottom

Chris Christie may live on the national stage, but his disappointing track record at home will come back to bite him. 

Inexcusable Absences

Harsh truancy laws don't help students get an education—and they unfairly attack poor parents.

March 5, 2015

Your Straight Hair Doesn't Equal Strength

Why we need more curly-haired heroines on television.

Men in Space

The novelist of disenchantment finds meaning.

Tearing Up the Pop Charts

If popular music is escapist fun, why are the songs so sad?

How Purim, Judaism's Boozy Rejoinder to Halloween, Shook My Faith

Costumes, comedy, mass slaughter, and heresy. For me, it's a profound holiday.

Why Conservatives' Prison Reform Plans Won't Work

Cutting costs won't improve lives.

The Martha Stewart of Silicon Valley Thinks Women Are Tech Illiterate

A guide for recent Stanford grads or aliens who have never been to earth: instructions on boiling eggs and cutting onions, illustrated lists of what one needs to furnish a living room.

Models of the World, Unite!

How the fashion industry rips off its most visible employees.

March 4, 2015

The Crime of the Century

One year after Russia's smash-and-grab, the world has all but conceded Crimea to Vladimir Putin.

Not Too Black to Fail

President Obama said historically black colleges and universities that can't improve should go away. He's correct.

Authoritarian Outfitters

German neo-Nazis’ favorite clothing brand is expanding throughout Europe.

The Exhibitionist

Daryl Richardson built a jungle in the heart of Dallas and filled it with exotic creatures. No one asked any questions—until he set his sights on the world’s rarest sloth.

You, Too, Can Prevent Police Brutality

The DOJ's report on Ferguson shows why we need to prevent, not just punish, law enforcement abuses.

McConnell Wants States to Just Ignore EPA Regulations, But His Plan Makes No Sense

McConnell says if you can't beat the EPA, ignore it. 

Did Climate Change Play a Role in Starting the Syrian Civil War?

Climate change can provoke societal unrest, as the situation in Syria shows. 

Marco Rubio and Mike Lee Want You to Have Kids—Unless You're Poor

The Rubio-Lee tax plan isn't all it's cracked up to be, especially when it comes to families with kids.

'House of Cards' Should Stop Trying to Be 'The West Wing'

This has always been a show, first and foremost, about a marriage.

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