The Plank

Get Ready for a National Debate About Slavery Reparations

It shouldn't be so controversial. But it will.

The GOP Should Listen to Ross Douthat and Other Reform Conservatives
May 20, 2014 Politics

They oppose spending more money on antipoverty programs.

It's Time For Michelle Nunn to Stop Running From Obamacare
May 20, 2014 Politics

Voters can smell ambivalence a mile away. Why is it so hard for Democrats to understand that?

Why Would Obama Put a Rising Democratic Star Into a Cabinet Backwater?

Were Presidents George Romney and Jack Kemp still alive, they would tell you all about how being HUD Secretary isn't historically a springboard to higher office.

Democrats Need Bernie Sanders to Run for President

If nothing else, he'll make Hillary Clinton a better candidate.

Did Putin Just Call His Own Bluff?
May 19, 2014 Ukraine

Russia ordered its troops to withdraw from the Ukrainian border—for a third time. Should we believe it?

FIFA Needs to Take the 2022 World Cup Away from Qatar. Now.
May 19, 2014 World Cup

At the current rate, more than 4,000 migrant workers will die to build the infrastructure for a soccer tournament. This is an abomination.

Scott Brown Has a Kelly Ayotte Problem
May 19, 2014 Scott Brown

It was a free vote for Kelly Ayotte. The fix was already in. And she voted with Jeanne Shaheen, against Scott Brown's wishes, anyhow.

A New Obamacare Detail That Could Save You Some Money—Or Cost You Even More
May 19, 2014 Obamacare

The administration has signed off a new way employers can pay for medical services. You might save some money—or get stuck with a really, really big bill.