Arkansas Republicans Just Proved Why Obamacare Will Survive Despite This Week's Absurd Court Decision
July 25, 2014
We now have a real-world example of how quickly Republicans will cave if the Supreme Court torpedoes Obamacare.
Get ready for another months-long unskewing temper tantrum.
Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Failed. Good. But Did You Hear About Arkansas?
February 27, 2014
By all means, celebrate the Arizona gay-rights victory. But don't forget about other issues in other states.
This Is What Happens When a Pipeline Bursts in Your Town
November 18, 2013
Here's something to keep in mind before choosing sides in the Keystone pipeline debate.
Obamacare Glitches Are Real—and Matter Less Than You Think
October 02, 2013
Republicans spent Tuesday highlighting Obamacare’s opening day glitches. Democrats spent Tuesday highlighting Obamacare’s opening day successes.Both spoke the truth. One truth matters more.
The new laws in North Dakota and Arkansas aren't likely to stand. But they're shifting the conversation in a dangerous direction.
The Democrats' 2016 Contenders Are Betting on Gun Control
January 14, 2013
Several high-profile Democratic governors seem to think gun control is no longer an issue to avoid. Will they be proven right?
Life of Pi's Clumsy 3D Storytelling
November 28, 2012
“I think it's one of the most noble risks we have ever taken.” This comes from an executive at Twentieth Century Fox, the studio that gave us Sunrise, Shirley Temple, and The Robe. When a corporation has ranged from the sublime to the ridiculous, talk of nobility is often a warning sign of stupidity. So sane producers may have read Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, seen that it was selling 9 million copies across the world, and concluded that there was no need for a movie of Life of Pi—the same escape clause I raised a week ago in connection with the latest Anna Karenina.
A New Look at How the Tax Code Works for Working Families
November 19, 2012
As the clock ticks down to January 1, and lawmakers try to hash out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and address the expiration of the Bush tax cuts, new data on taxpayers in the United States--collected from federal tax returns and available down to the ZIP code level through Brookings’ EITC Interactive--provide an important perspective on the impact of the tax code on families and communities across the country. For instance, the latest EITC Interactive data--which represent tax returns filed in January through June of 2011--show that key provisions in the tax code proved responsive to the G
In Washington, Marijuana Proponents Outspent Opponents 400 to 1
November 16, 2012
On October 31, a six-minute video titled “Chapel Chat with Evangelina Holy” appeared on YouTube. Despite the blurry footage and poor audio, the title character is a dead ringer for Dana Carvey’s “Church Lady” character from “Saturday Night Live.” In Carvey’s voice, Holy reads a letter from a viewer worried about marijuana legalization ballot initiatives in Colorado, Washington, and Oregon.