Politics

How the Kaepernick Effect Reached Small-Town Iowa

Taking a knee was controversial in the NFL. Imagine the reaction in “Steve King country.”

Republican Representative Lauren Boebert Goes Full Blunderbuss

The insurrection cheerleader’s HR 273 would spell the end of constituent services as we know it.

Tom Gogola

Corporate America Cashed In on 9/11

The Pentagon’s spending surge made corporations a windfall.

William D. Hartung

Latest in Politics

Congress’s Climate Bill Is a Major Story. Journalists Are Missing the Most Important Part.

Congress’s Climate Bill Is a Major Story. Journalists Are Missing the Most Important Part.

If the US doesn’t get this right before November’s climate summit, it’ll severely limit the country’s power to influence global climate action.

Andrew McCormick
Biden Wasn’t Elected to Scold Racist Border Agents—He Was Elected to Stop Them

Biden Wasn’t Elected to Scold Racist Border Agents—He Was Elected to Stop Them

The White House bears full responsibility for the Border Patrol agents caught whipping Haitian migrants at the US-Mexico border.

Elie Mystal
Pharma Protesters

Has Big Pharma Bought Enough Democrats to Derail Biden’s Plan?

If Democrats allow the party’s Manchinema wing to derail prescription drug pricing reforms, they could lose their ability to govern.

John Nichols

State Politics

Progressives

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Bernie Sanders Backs Canada’s Left Rival to Justin Trudeau

The New Democratic Party and its dynamic young leader, Jagmeet Singh, score a cross-border endorsement.

John Nichols
Kathleen Rice at Hearing

AOC Would Have Cast the Winning Vote for Drug Price Reform

But top Democrats blocked her in favor of centrist Kathleen Rice—who voted with Big Pharma instead.

John Nichols
Kathy Hochul’s Future Ambitions Create an Opening for the Left

Kathy Hochul’s Future Ambitions Create an Opening for the Left

To win reelection, New York’s governor will need to reinvent herself as a progressive Democrat. The state’s housing activists can show her how.

Ross Barkan

The Right

The Presidency

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Reset Labor Markets With a Local Half-Time Job Guarantee

The attacks on pandemic income support and the Refundable Child Tax Credit highlight the need for work guarantees.

Nathan Newman

When Biden Met Bennett—and Gave His Blessing to Impunity

No country has been in a better position to impose pressure on Israel than the United States, but most presidents never tried—including the current one.

Henry Siegman

There’s No Good Reason FBI Director Chris Wray Still Has a Job

Wray has a pattern of refusing to pursue powerful men like Brett Kavanaugh and Larry Nassar on behalf of women and people of color.

Elie Mystal

Politicians

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China Is Dismantling Hong Kong’s Unions

Empowered workers would be a threat to the Chinese Communist Party.

Maya Wang
Dana Spiotta’s Political Fiction

Dana Spiotta’s Political Fiction

In her new novel, Wayward, Spiotta offers an intricate portrait of how one woman experienced the uncertain days and months after Trump’s election.

Katie Fitzpatrick
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Progressive Democrats Fight to Limit Defense Spending

The House is poised to pass a military budget this week that’s even bigger than President Joe Biden requested, but left-leaning lawmakers are putting up a fight.

Aída Chávez

Coronavirus and Politics

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As the Pandemic Continues, College Students Return to a Different Campus

Young people from across the country weigh in on how Covid is impacting their college experience.

StudentNation

We Are on the Precipice of a Housing Disaster

The average household debt burden has only grown during the pandemic—where is the legislative action?

Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis

Global Vaccine Inequity Could Make Migration Harder Than Ever

Migrants are facing even more restrictions in the Covid era—and thanks to lack of vaccine access in lower-income countries, they will be less likely to meet them.

Abdullah Shihipar