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Why Ferguson Is Also, And Again, About Guns

Why Ferguson Is Also, And Again, About Guns

What's happening in Ferguson, and rattling the cages of strained municipalities throughout the country, is, of course, about our complicated and corrosive attitudes about race. And yes, always and forever…

Get Covered Illinois Uses Humor To Upend Republican Obamacare Lies

Get Covered Illinois Uses Humor To Upend Republican Obamacare Lies

The timing seems like it couldn't be better for this clever ad from Get Covered Illinois, the Land of Lincoln's health insurance marketplace. It targets the under 30-somethings…

Uh Oh! Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Meeting Spells Trouble For GOP Energy Platform

Uh Oh! Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Meeting Spells Trouble For GOP Energy Platform

Pundits and lay people alike seem to agree that while we shouldn't expect an overnight turnaround in global energy policy, the oil and coal syndicate which controls the Republican party,…

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn’s Loss The Headline For A Rough Election Night In Illinois

Democratic Governor Pat Quinn’s Loss The Headline For A Rough Election Night In Illinois

Nine hour voting lines in my hometown city of Chicago wasn't the only unfortunate news coming out of the Land of Lincoln this morning. For the first time since 1998,…

A Week Before Midterms, GOP Devastated By The Fact That The Affordable Care Act’s Working

A Week Before Midterms, GOP Devastated By The Fact That The Affordable Care Act’s Working

This week The New York Times published an assortment of answers to the question, "Is the Affordable Care Act Working?" If readers are able to get past the meaningless non-reporting…

New York City’s Municipal ID Program Offers Model For Circumventing Immigration Inertia

New York City’s Municipal ID Program Offers Model For Circumventing Immigration Inertia

Let's be grateful to New York City for keeping this mess in the headlines, for trying to find real ways to work around the inertia on Capitol Hill to bring…

Who’s Responsible For The Media’s Ebola Malpractice? We Are

Who’s Responsible For The Media’s Ebola Malpractice? We Are

The Ebola crisis in West Africa is a deadly serious threat. But for many reasonable, concerned Americans it's become difficult to separate the reality of the devastation occurring on that…

The Congressional Budget Office Vs. Paul Ryan: Will the Nonpartisan Entity Stand Its Ground?

The Congressional Budget Office Vs. Paul Ryan: Will the Nonpartisan Entity Stand Its Ground?

There are very few nonpartisan, unbiased institutions left to us. But we always have the Congressional Budget Office. Or do we? …

In Stunning Display Of Myopia, Ross Douthat Wonders Where The ‘Frightening Fringe Groups’ Are

In Stunning Display Of Myopia, Ross Douthat Wonders Where The ‘Frightening Fringe Groups’ Are

At the end of a recent Sunday Review Op-Ed entitled, "The Cult Deficit," I found myself annoyed by some of Douthat's bland, unquantifiable assertions about the state of religious pedagogy.…

No Time Like The Present: Why Historical Midterm Voting Patterns Could Mean A November Upset

No Time Like The Present: Why Historical Midterm Voting Patterns Could Mean A November Upset

Midterms tend to be viewed, both individually and in the eyes of media pundits, as a referendum on the sitting President. But other writers and thinkers offer a deeper psychological…

With Three Sentences, Gail Collins Nails Republican/Democratic Foreign Policy Divide

With Three Sentences, Gail Collins Nails Republican/Democratic Foreign Policy Divide

After a several month hiatus, September heralds the return of The Conversation, The New York Times debate series featuring regular columnists David Brooks and Gail Collins. While the banter is…

What the 1980s Toy Industry Teaches the 2014 Gun Lobby

What the 1980s Toy Industry Teaches the 2014 Gun Lobby

If rules and regulations pertaining to the manufacture, sale and usage of toys can evolve in response to a threat to children, why as we so dangerously and resolutely…

Michael Bloomberg Picks Up James Brady’s Legacy Where Republicans Abandoned It

Michael Bloomberg Picks Up James Brady’s Legacy Where Republicans Abandoned It

In this season of discontent, we lost a legend in the crusade for sensible gun reform. James S. Brady, the former White House press secretary for Ronald Reagan, died earlier…

We’ve Tolerated ‘Too Big to Fail’ for Far Too Long

We’ve Tolerated ‘Too Big to Fail’ for Far Too Long

With international disasters and foreign policy imbroglios everywhere you turn, it's easy to forget that we have numerous domestic issues with which we still must contend. …

Republican Ideology Has Its Worst Week Ever

Republican Ideology Has Its Worst Week Ever

Though you'd never guess by listening to its representatives speak, it was a terrible week for modern Republican ideology.…

CNN’s Republican Personalities Try to Have it Both Ways with Chicago’s Gun Violence

CNN’s Republican Personalities Try to Have it Both Ways with Chicago’s Gun Violence

It's been all over the news this week, as well it ought to be. A warm and festive 4th of July weekend in the Windy City was utterly marred by…

Rand Paul and Charles Blow Make Strange Partners in Voting Rights Advocacy

Rand Paul and Charles Blow Make Strange Partners in Voting Rights Advocacy

Two men from opposing sides of the political spectrum, with different experiences of America, utilizing two divergent forums, arrive at the same conclusion: disenfranchising voters is harmful to our struggling…

Republicans Don’t Actually Need Electoral Opponents in 2014 as They Wage Public Civil War

Republicans Don’t Actually Need Electoral Opponents in 2014 as They Wage Public Civil War

If midterm election years have a reputation for being tepid and boring, a typically alienating cycle where the opposition party stokes its base with a referendum on the sitting President,…

Thomas B. Edsall Gives Voice to Rare Breed: GOP Defectors

Thomas B. Edsall Gives Voice to Rare Breed: GOP Defectors

For years now, we've watched the Republican Party degrade from a once viable conservative response to liberal philosophy, into an apocalyptic crazy town where thinking and humanity go to die.…

Newt Gingrich and The Heritage Foundation Team Up to Fail in School Lunch Debate

Newt Gingrich and The Heritage Foundation Team Up to Fail in School Lunch Debate

Gingrich added another vignette to the story of his long, hackneyed career this week, with a truly remarkable piece of insincere sanctimony on Thursday's edition of Crossfire.…

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