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This article is adapted from Sifry and Watzman's just-published Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day.

This article draws on reporting by Eyal Press, Esther Kaplan and Katha Pollitt.

When New York City was announced as the site of the Republican National Convention back in January 2003, it seemed an odd choice of location.

In May, Jan Egeland, the United Nations Undersecretary for Humanitarian Affairs, called a news conference in New York to declare publicly what he had been warning people about for some time: that

The Supreme Court of the United States has had two historic encounters with George W. Bush.

One of the things that drive me nuts is that people always say that one in two American marriages ends in divorce. This isn't exactly true.

This April, in the case of Vieth v. Jubelirer, the Supreme Court came close to burying any hope of curing one of the worst diseases in our ailing democracy--the partisan gerrymander.

In a cluster of beach bungalows in Ghana in December 2000, my wife and I encountered the Peace Corps dream.

Private prisons thrive on cheap labor and the hunger of job-starved towns.

Blogs

“The slackening of state gun regulations has all the absurdity of a joke, but none of the humor.”

June 23, 2014

“We’re really concerned that these detention centers…will not be under compliance with international law.”

June 20, 2014

After weeks of denying access, Border Patrol officials finally let reporters look inside two controversial immigrant processing centers. 

June 19, 2014

If a Georgia execution goes as planned, it will be the first to take place in the United States since Oklahoma officials botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett on April 29.

June 17, 2014

Low-income residents demand accountability from NYCHA. 

June 16, 2014

An independent autoposy report raises serious questions about the medical professionals who carried out Clayton Lockett’s botched execution.

June 13, 2014

A complaint filed by legal groups details 116 cases of child abuse or mistreatment by border agents, including kicking, death threats and food deprivation.

June 12, 2014

Eric Cantor made one step towards reform— and was punished for it Tuesday night.

June 11, 2014

Most of the unaccompanied children waiting in a Nogalas detention facility migrated from violence-torn countries in Central America.

June 10, 2014

Conservative militants struck in Las Vegas and Georgia over the weekend. 

June 9, 2014