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April 17, 2015

Who Is Fair Game for Public Shaming? Here's a Media Rulebook.

Does ESPN's Britt McHenry count? Maybe. But the woman who flipped her middle finger in Arlington National Cemetery doesn't.

America's Political Obsession With the "Middle Class" Hurts Workers

Clinton didn't refer specifically to the middle class in her announcement, but should she have? Yes and no.

Martin O'Malley Just Jumped to the Left of Elizabeth Warren. Your Move, Hillary.

He wants a $15 minimum wage. That makes political sense, but not economic sense.

Cut Taxes or Expand Medicaid? Florida Governor Rick Scott Is in Quite a Pickle.

What do Republicans like more than tax cuts? Denying insurance to a million poor people.

Science Fiction's White Boys' Club Strikes Back

The conservative backlash isn't entirely about attempts to diversify science fiction; it's also motivated by a nostalgia for an imaginary past.

April 16, 2015

Obama's Intraparty Trade Fight Has Officially Begun

This is only going to get uglier as the bill advances.

Republicans Are Trying to Fight Abortion with Ignorance

A North Carolina Republican's bill threatens the state's medical schools, and shows how they've lost the argument about abortion.

Two Ways Clinton Can Make Voters Care About Climate Change

Climate change doesn't have to be an afterthought.


Spirit Airlines has helped to legitimize practices that treat passengers, in the words of one consumer watchdog, like “meat in a seat.”

Pope Francis's Populist War on the Devil

Why his belief in good and evil is as radical as his politics.

April 15, 2015

Obama Mentor Laurence Tribe Is Pitting Obamacare Supporters Against Environmentalists

If he were right, he’d be confronting liberals with the greatest Sophie’s choice in recent political memory.

You Don't Have to Drink the Clinton Kool-Aid to See That Hillary Is the Only Option

As everyone keeps insisting, a Hillary campaign is about strong, visceral emotions—which I honestly did not feel until the day she announced.

Republicans Understand Climate Change, But Only Behind Closed Doors

A side of politics you don't normally hear about.

We're Checking the Wrong "Privilege"

Stop focusing on cultural capital. Start focusing on economic inequality.

Netflix' Daredevil Is TV's First Gentrification-Fighting Superhero

How a Marvel superhero can embodies the spirit of Jane Jacobs. 

Raise Our Taxes. Please.

A Tax Day reminder: The government needs more revenue.

April 14, 2015

Paid Leave Takes a Place on Hillary Clinton’s Platform

Hillary Clinton is making family leave a central part campaign issue.

Cops Who Let Their Unarmed Victims Die Should Be Punished, Too

In recent videos, the cops stand around while their victim bleeds out.

Millennials, Meet Renata Adler

"She said exactly what she meant and held others to her standards."

One of Obama's Biggest Climate Change Obstacles Is His Own Administration

How can the administration lead by example when the Department of Interior is responsible for nearly a quarter of all U.S. emissions?

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