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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.


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.


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.”


New poll says health-care legislation is now backed by 46 percent, opposed by 42 percent.

March 19, 2010

On health insurance, food insecurity, poverty and the mail.

March 19, 2010

 Non-news led the news at the Times when Petraeus met the Armed Services Committee.

March 19, 2010

"Congress, and its Catholics, should say yes to health care reform," argues key Catholic paper, as representatives of 59,000 nuns back reform.

March 18, 2010

Healthcare reform, political novels, and the mail.

March 18, 2010

  Raising chickens isn't the key to feminist liberation. But women's security just might be key to ending hunger.

March 18, 2010

"If my vote is to be counted, let it now count for passage of the bill, hopefully in the direction of comprehensive health care reform."

March 17, 2010

The Florida congressman who "gets it" proposes the next step on the road to real reform.

March 17, 2010

 A remarkable new survey asks Americans to explain their health care position in their own words, and the visuals are revealing.

March 15, 2010

Why do Republicans keep telling Democrats not to back reform? Could it be because they've read the polls that showing doing so will help Democrats?

March 15, 2010