Author Archives: Ivan Weiss

Issue #355

2014 House GOP hopefuls are farther right than the incumbents One nominee proposed reclassifying single parenthood as child abuse. Another suggested that four “blood moons” would herald “world-changing, shaking-type events” and said Islam was not a religion but a “complete … Continue reading

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Issue #354

Tom Cotton and the era of post-truth politics A couple of years ago, Mitt Romney developed a bad habit. As part of his national campaign, the Republican nominee would attack President Obama over some perceived failing. Then the attack would … Continue reading

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Issue #353

Venture capitalists are poised to ‘disrupt’ everything about the ‘education market’ (bye-bye democracy if they succeed) Next year, the market size of K-12 education is projected to be $788.7 billion. And currently, much of that money is spent in the … Continue reading

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Issue #352

The Clinton team is following reporters to the bathroom. Here’s why that matters Amy Chozick is the reporter tasked with covering the Clintons—and the runup to the now-almost-inevitable Hillary Clinton presidential bid —for the New York Times. Sounds like a … Continue reading

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Issue #351

Angry letters to the one member of Congress who voted against the War on Terror Barbara Lee was the lone dissenter in the post-9/11 vote authorizing military force. Many called her a traitor. But her constituents shared her concerns—and history … Continue reading

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Issue #350

What Democrats don’t get about 2014 Last week’s reports that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will take out a $10 million loan to fuel a major closing push for the midterms indicate a smart move. It’s much better to finish … Continue reading

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Issue #349

Republican proposal for labor law ‘reform’ ‘a disgrace,’ labor leader says Senate Republicans say they have a plan to save U.S. labor law from partisanship and dysfunction. But their prescription for reform could make for even more gridlock—and critics say … Continue reading

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Issue #347

Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable … Continue reading

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Issue #346

‘They refuse to admit they were wrong’: How nightmare prosecutors pervert American justice Last week, historian Rick Perlstein wrote an important piece about the Nixon pardon, which he shows was the true beginning of the political culture that holds that business elites … Continue reading

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Issue #345

Democrats take the offensive in culture wars After a generation of campaigns in which Republicans exploited wedge issues to win close elections, Democrats are now on the offensive in the culture wars. Democrats see social issues as potent for the same … Continue reading

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