A Scrappy Atlanta 'Zine Has Started a Nasty Debate About a Gay Icon and Free Expression
January 31, 2014

Does a magazine that made insensitive remarks deserve to be put out of business?

Atlanta's School Scandal Isn't Local
April 05, 2013

How the education reform movement's "no excuses" mantra leads to cheating.

In Georgia, a Blueprint for Battling Obamacare
January 14, 2013

The health care debate shifts to conservative states, where the media scrutiny is light and the politics hostile.

No Southern Comfort For Wishful Liberals
November 20, 2012

Southern liberals say the region isn't as severely Republican as it seems. But they're ignoring reality.

What the Super-rich Really Think
October 05, 2012

A new study confirms F. Scott Fitzgerald’s observation that the rich really are different.

How the Republicans’ Anti-Government Rhetoric Has Come Back to Bite Republican Governments: Georgia Edition
August 07, 2012

Anyone who’s lived in metropolitan Atlanta in recent decades (as I did until 1995) knows its infamously snarled highway traffic. But any Georgian also knows that it would be impossible to raise taxes to do something about it—at least since 2004, when Republicans achieved control of both the legislative and executive branches of state government for the first time since Reconstruction.

The Battleground
May 18, 2012

Lodge 141 of the Fraternal Order of Police is housed, along with 446 jail cells, inside the Mahoning County Justice Center, a forbidding brick and steel hulk at the edge of the frayed downtown of Youngstown, Ohio. It’s a humble office, but its proprietors have embellished it with a number of rather pointed political decorations.

Tracing Europe’s Long Road to Economic Catastrophe
March 09, 2012

The economic crisis in Europe reached its latest crescendo last night, as Greece managed, through furious last-minute negotiations, to convince its creditors to give it some more breathing room. But if the Greeks have managed to stave off ruin for a few more minutes, nothing has essentially changed in their situation: Their economy is still in shambles.  The burning question on most observers’ minds, and rightfully so, is whether the Greeks will ever manage to pay back their debts. But at this stage, it’s also worth considering how we ended up on the precipice of such catastrophe at all.

The Nutty Professor
December 14, 2011

If you’ve watched a recent GOP debate, you may have felt like you were, willingly or not, sitting through a class with Professor Newt Gingrich. Indeed, before Gingrich was a politician, he was an academic, albeit a not terribly successful one: In 1978, he was denied tenure at West Georgia College (the stated reason was that he had failed to publish any work). Fifteen years following that setback, however, he made a brief return to academia.

The Forgotten Campaign
December 14, 2011

If the resurgence of Newt Gingrich is strange for voters to behold, it has been doubly so for David Worley, the man who at age 32 came within 974 votes of keeping Gingrich from becoming a world-historical figure in the first place. It’s easy to forget, but, before Gingrich presided over the Republican Revolution of 1994, he very nearly lost his seat—even though he was, at the time, a twelve-year veteran of Congress and the second-ranking Republican in the House.