The Nation

on Oct 23, 2014 - 17:00 PM ET
Rick Weiland

Green groups are giving Democrats a real boost in their bid to keep the Senate this year—which is kind of ironic, since many high-profile Democratic candidates aren’t that great on environmental issues. In Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes has gone to great...

Climate Change, Election 2014
on Oct 23, 2014 - 16:50 PM ET
Joni Ernst

Good catch by Mediaite. The Morning Joe crew, practically echoing the GOP rebranding of Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) as “Senator Uterus,” decided that the Democrats are losing their gender-gap advantage by focusing...

Health, Media, Society
on Oct 23, 2014 - 16:03 PM ET
US Senator Bernie Sanders

Whether or not Senator Bernie Sanders decides to run for president in 2016, we can count on him to serve as creative provocateur. The political gremlins hired to manage candidates and campaigns set out to limit the content of public debate so as not to inconvenience their clients with awkward questions. The media cooperate in this process by taking their cues from the pols and polls. Unsanctioned ideas that people care about are safely ignored.

Bernie Sanders, you...

on Oct 23, 2014 - 15:40 PM ET
NYPD car

If you’re a serious person, having a serious discussion about police and policing in America, you better pay deference to just how difficult a job the police have, or else your ideas about police reform are not taken seriously.

I was reminded of this unspoken rule while reading this conversation between former NAACP president Ben...

on Oct 23, 2014 - 15:25 PM ET
Computer Servers

The New Yorker last week published an essay by Evgeny Morozov on socialist Chile’s fascinating Project Cybersyn....

on Oct 23, 2014 - 14:20 PM ET

Over the course of the past year or two on this blog, we’ve provided notes on each of the major clue types encountered in cryptic crosswords—from the bread-and-butter charades and anagrams to more intricate types like &lit’s and...