Reflections from a former state senator from St. Louis.
Those War-Ready Cops in Ferguson Are 9/11's Awful Legacy—and Your Taxes Are Paying for It
August 14, 2014
Local police departments have been given an insane amount of money and military-grade weaponry.
Michael Brown's Death Was Shocking. So Are the Racial Profiling Stats We've Been Ignoring.
August 13, 2014
But a teenager had to die for anyone to notice.
"The Strongest Evidence We Have that Background Checks Really Matter"
February 18, 2014
A new study on universal background checks makes the strongest case yet that the policy saves lives.
Are Republicans Afraid to Talk About Michael Sam?
February 11, 2014
It's been mostly cheers for Michael Sam, except on the right—where it's been mostly silence. Can that change?
College Football Prospect Comes Out, Challenging the NFL to Draft Him
February 09, 2014
Michael Sam will be the first openly gay NFL player, if the NFL can get over itself.
The Man Who Could Have Saved Organized Labor
January 01, 2013
The American labor movement is in dire straits. Could a little-known, recently-departed dissident named Jerry Tucker have saved it?
Torture, America, and the Laws of War
December 21, 2012
Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American HistoryBy John Fabian Witt (Free Press, 498 pp., $32) WAR IS ABOUT killing, maiming, and destroying. Yet in its midst men have sought heroism not only in savage acts of bravery but also in observing limits, in finding a way to affirm their and their adversaries’ common humanity, in the concept of honor as a higher expression of morality than is attainable even in peace.