Politics

How Rand Paul Could Have Profited From a Debt-Ceiling Crisis He Helped Create

At the height of the debt-ceiling debate, the senator failed to disclose his financial interest in a US default.

Scott Keyes

With Bernie’s People in Vermont

There’s a strong sense here that with Sanders, what you see is what you get—and that’s resonating with voters elsewhere, too.

D.D. Guttenplan

Why Donald Trump Is Winning

No candidate more shamelessly caters to the conservative paranoid style than “The Donald.”

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Focus on Foreign Policy

Did ISIL Arise Partly Because of Climate Change?

Martin O’Malley was ridiculed by the right for correctly noting the role of climate-induced drought in causing Syria’s instability. The bad news is that this is only the beginning.

Juan Cole

The Geopolitical Big Bang You Probably Don’t See Coming

China and Russia are gearing up to create an economic zone beyond Washington’s reach.

Pepe Escobar

Inside the Effort to Kill the Iran Deal

The rhetoric coming from Iran hawks is increasingly out of touch with public opinion.

James Carden

Focus on 2016

For Republicans, the Real Nightmare Is a Third-Party Trump

For top Republicans, managing Trump is like “playing with nitroglycerine.”

John Nichols

Elizabeth Warren Just Issued a Major Challenge to All Presidential Contenders

Warren urges the candidates (read: Hillary Clinton) to push for legislation that would curb Wall Street’s influence in politics.

George Zornick

Scott Walker Thinks Minimum Wage Is a ‘Lame Idea’

The Republican Party used to back fair wages, but the anti-labor governor of Wisconsin is running against that legacy.

John Nichols

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