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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Alan Gross, who was en route to the United States from Cuba, in the Oval Office, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama’s Last Years Will Be His Most Interesting

The clock is ticking on Barack Obama’s presidency — and he knows it.

January 13, 2015

Political Party Prejudice Is Bigger Than Racism

Prejudice is on the retreat in America — except in our politics.

September 23, 2014

Greatest Win For Gay Marriage Is Just Two Words

The movement for marriage equality last week received its greatest legal victory. Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, wrote a powerful opinion ordering Indiana and Wisconsin to recognize same-sex marriages. In the process, he eviscerated the states’ efforts to defend their discriminatory laws. The author matters in this case. […]

September 8, 2014

How To Spot A Paranoid Libertarian

Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) — In a recent essay in the New Republic, Princeton University historian Sean Wilentz contends that Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange reflect a political impulse he calls “paranoid libertarianism.” Wilentz claims that far from being “truth-telling comrades intent on protecting the state and the Constitution from authoritarian malefactors,” they “despise […]

January 30, 2014

For New War On Poverty, First Get Facts Right

Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — The War on Poverty is now 50 years old. Has it failed? The answer varies, depending on whether we use the government’s official poverty measure or its much newer, and far more informative, one. The new measure demonstrates that government programs are doing a lot of good, especially for children. Nonetheless, […]

January 9, 2014

Lunchtime Memo

White House spokesman Jay Carney refused to call on Anthony Weiner to resign when interviewed abroad Air Force One today, instead calling the issue a “distraction” and deferring to Congressional leaders to handle it. [AP] New York State Senate inches closer to passing marriage equality bill, with three Dems who opposed it in 2009 switching […]

June 13, 2011