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Secretary of State-designate Colin Powell needs to explain his participation in several sordid episodes of the United States' past.

Capital punishment will be one of the defining issues of the coming year.

Christians are drifting away in their support of the death penalty.

Bush v. Gore may have superficially resolved a short-run political crisis, but it has triggered a deep intellectual crisis.

The governor issued a moratorium on executions in Illinois a year ago, after investigative-reporting students and their professor saved an innocent man from the death chamber.

We shall see very little of the charmingly simian George W. Bush—the military—Cheney, Powell et al.--will be calling the tune, and the whole nation will be on constant alert.

Abolishing the Electoral College is one way the Florida fiasco could be addressed.

Chris Kraus reviews Cool for You, by Eileen Myles.

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February 16, 2012

Eric on Richard Thompson and Reed on the flawed history of polling.

February 16, 2012

In the Republican frenzy to take down Obama, women and their health have become collateral damage.

February 16, 2012

Republicans are holding a hearing on contraceptive access this morning, but don’t expect to hear from any women.

February 16, 2012

Republicans are trying to turn their party into the “white party” and the Democratic party into the “black party.”

February 15, 2012

How can Obama boost his chances of re-election?

February 15, 2012

Challenging the Republican men who are waging the War on Women.  

February 15, 2012

It’s an easy comparison. It’'s also dead wrong. The conflation of their stories does little more than burnish Tebow’s credentials at Lin’s expense.

February 15, 2012

In the restaurant industry, the wage gap between men and women is a matter of policy. Millions of the restaurant workers who serve our food cannot afford to eat. 

February 14, 2012

Lest any of us forget, some people have plenty of money to throw around. A $100,000 Valentine anyone? 

February 13, 2012