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Dire warnings about the deficit don’t add up mathematically. But then, Fix the Debt is not really about the economy, it’s about gutting Medicare, Social Security and other social programs.

Voters at a polling station

A five-decade bipartisan consensus on this key piece of civil rights legislation has collapsed—right when we need its protections more than ever before.

Rick Perlstein joins Bryce Covert and George Zornick to explore the serpentine shifts and strange bedfellows of gun control politics. 

It’s tempting to let the GOP continue its slide toward irrelevance—but that would deny this country the robust political debate we need.

Farmworkers

Refusing to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, Republicans are leaving rape victims with few options.

The man renowned as an anti-tax ideologue is actually a typical K Street operator.

It’s past time for the rule to stop banks from making making risky bets with consumers’ money. But a House committee hearing devoted itself to stalling and lying about the Volcker Rule.

The Republican Convention

The formerly Grand Old Party’s cosmetic changes won’t win them the next election.

Ross Douthat

The New York Times columnist is so obsessed with women’s fertility, it’s too bad he can’t get pregnant himself.

Tea Partiers

Obama’s re-election inspired residents of states like Louisiana and Alabama to push for independence from the rest of the country. They should be careful what they wish for.

Blogs

An unlikely alliance takes on the Affordable Care Act. 

December 17, 2013

The difference between President Obama and Mayor-elect de Blasio lies not in how they view inequality but in how they plan to fight it.

December 9, 2013

If you’re a liberal, a politician working to deny his constituents government-subsidized healthcare is immoral. If you’re a conservative, it’s the most moral thing in the world.

December 7, 2013

It's my God-given right to own a drone.

December 3, 2013

For those who buy the spin that the Heritage Foundation used to be an intellectually serious place, some history, and some stories.

November 27, 2013

FDR took on ”greed and selfishness and striving for undue riches.”

November 27, 2013

Despite all the spin about his “reform-minded” independence, the 2016 contender is a entirely predictable political careerist.

November 26, 2013

Charlotte Hays’s “When Did White Trash Become the New Normal?” reveals a right that’s stopped masking its contempt for average Americans.

November 21, 2013

It is time to recognize that penalty and punishment are wrong responses—for congressmen and for SNAP recipients.

November 21, 2013

You've got to admire their creativity.

November 19, 2013