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The Republican Party Has a VA Problem, Too: Privatization Isn't Popular
May 22, 2014 Politics

Republicans' "small government" alternative to the VA is unpopular with veterans.

The Economics of Reparations: Why Congress Should Meet Ta-Nehisi Coates's Modest Demand
May 21, 2014 race

We can debate reparations all we want. But we can't decide whether to make reparations until we know exactly what doing so would entail. 

This Video of a Mobbed Subway Station in Brazil Should Frighten World Cup Fans
May 21, 2014 Video

You'd better hope bus drivers aren't on strike this summer.

Democrats to Participate in GOP Benghazi Committee—Here's Why it's a Big Mistake
May 21, 2014 Benghazi

The idea that Democrats' very presence on the Benghazi committee will amount to a check on overreach is oddly blind to the events of the past year and a half.

The VA Scandal May Become the New Benghazi—And Not Because the Right Cares About Veterans
May 21, 2014 Politics

Three related things to keep in mind about the unfolding VA scandal.

Republicans War-Monger, Then Complain When We're Overwhelmed By Sick Vets
May 21, 2014 Politics

Is it too much to ask for a smidgen of self-awareness and restraint?

The American Right, Not the 'Tea Party,' Is the GOP's Big Liability

The real issue isn't whether the "Tea Party" has been a liability for the GOP, but whether the Republican electorate remains fractious and reactionary. It does.

It's Finally Spring! Here's How the Cold Weather Affected Your Brain
May 20, 2014 Psychology

People are more likely to believe criminals have committed premeditated crimes when they themselves are cold.