The Plank

The World Cup Is About to Begin, and FIFA's Reputation Has Never Been Worse
June 09, 2014 World Cup

John Oliver's 13-minute rant is just the latest in a long string of embarrassments.

The Long-Term Unemployed Are Depressed. Here's How We Can Help Them.
June 09, 2014 Economics

A subsidized employment program would help get the long-term unemployed back to work.

The Real Travesty of Virginia's Medicaid Fight
June 09, 2014 Obamacare

Forget the shady deal-making—it's the low-income people who desperately need health care and won't get it.

Maybe We Should Leave Some Men Behind

Conservatives are right about one thing: It doesn't make sense for six soldiers to die rescuing any single POW.

Obama Promised to Close Gitmo. The Troop Withdrawal May Finally Force Him to Do So.
June 09, 2014 Law

International law says that when a conflict ends, prisoners of war must be sent home.

The Unsentimental Strategy Behind Obama and Hillary's Marriage of Convenience

Hillary Clinton's new book reveals several disagreements with Barack Obama. Here's why the White House is taking them in stride.

Democrats May Have a "Hillary or Bust" Problem, But That's Nothing Compared to the GOP's Policy Problem
June 08, 2014 Politics

Americans haven't loved Obama's platform, but they like it more than the GOP's.