Do the New "Turn the Gays Away" Bills Stand Up to the Constitution?
February 25, 2014

What scholars had to say about the recent spate of anti-gay bills.

Texas Has Created a Costly Roadmap for Defunding Planned Parenthood
January 11, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry's anti-abortionism is proving costly for Texas.

The GOP Division Over the Fiscal Cliff Is Not Going Away
January 07, 2013

No, there is not a civil war in the GOP—yet.

GOPocalypse: A Guide to Republican Purges
December 06, 2012

Who's trashing whom on the right? Here's a handy guide to post-election GOP recrimination.

Snarl in Peace, Arlen Specter
October 15, 2012

Arlen Specter, who died Sunday, was driven by a need to be recognized by the broader world.

Four Things Obama Needs to Say in His Convention Speech
September 05, 2012

A Veteran Democratic Speechwriter Says These are the Themes Obama Needs to Hit at His Convention Speech:

How Bradley Manning Became a Gay Martyr
August 21, 2012

Why the gay community is divided over whether to celebrate Bradley Manning.

Since When Is Swimming in the Sea of Galilee Scandalous?
August 21, 2012

Swimming in the Sea of Galilee is not scandalous or sacrilegious. It's refreshing.

The Unabridged (But Sadly Unillustrated) History of Political Skinny-Dipping
August 20, 2012

Congressman Yoder is only one in a long line of skinny-dipping statesmen.

Barack's Mother, the Steroid Era, and Kony's Psychological Warfare: Today's TNR Reader
June 18, 2012

Editor’s Note: We'll be running the article recommendations of our friends at TNR Reader each afternoon on The Plank, just in time to print out or save for your commute home. Enjoy! The label “white woman from Kansas” obscures, rather than illuminates, who Barack Obama’s mother really was. Her story sheds new light on the complexities of interracial kinship. W.E.B. DuBois Institute | 19 min (4, 756 words) The girl from Vietnam's famous napalm photo spent decades trying to escape one iconic moment.