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President Obama

According to a recently declassified Justice Department white paper, the president can serve as judge, jury and executioner.

anti-choice march

The Roberts court has expanded First Amendment protections to such an extent that strikes, pickets, and boycotts should be protected as free speech.

Migrant Children

The 52,000 unaccompanied children who have shown up at the border are fleeing gang violence and have valid claims to asylum.

Amazon

As the online behemoth strengthens its monopoly over the marketplace, publishers, like bookstores, are in a fight for survival.

Abrams, Kissinger, Kristol, Cheney

The architects of our foreign-policy disasters would prefer we simply forget the past.

V.S. Naipaul

A reporter’s journey involves writing with a sense of history and without false consolation.

Citibank

The collapse of the housing market cost Americans $16 trillion. But the banks that caused it are getting away with a slap on the wrist.

Border Patrol

Thanks to the militarization and expansion of the “border” region, 197 million Americans now live within the jurisdiction of US Customs and Border Patrol.

While President Peña Nieto celebrates the Aztec Tiger, Mexico’s cartels reach deeper into the legal economy.

Nadine Gordimer

For Nadine Gordimer in 1983, the arts in South Africa were simply “the sum of various states of alienation.”

Blogs

What does the release of Peyton Manning reveal about the business of sports in America?

March 7, 2012

We expect players to be loyal, but don’t ask the same of those who sign their checks.

March 7, 2012

One researcher found 220,000 people in the state don’t have the ID now necessary to vote. A judge has blocked the law pending a full trial, meaning it won’t be in play by the state primary next month.

March 7, 2012

A little-noticed bill would make it harder for protesters to demonstrate near federal officials. 

March 6, 2012

Two states in the Super Tuesday primaries—Georgia and Tennessee—are part of a wave of states that created troubling voting laws following the Tea Party Republican victories of 2010.

March 6, 2012

For the right wing, when the topic is anything remotely connected to female sexuality, every woman is a slut.

March 5, 2012

Santorum has a chance in Ohio because he appeals more to working-class voters than Romney. But his blue-collar roots are a myth. 

March 5, 2012

Reactions to revelations that an NFL team took out “bounties” on opponents tell a story of a sport desperate to mask the effects of violence.

March 5, 2012

Romney's campaign doctors newspaper editorials and then sends them to reporters hoping to spin the story. In fact, even his backers have doubts.

March 5, 2012