Domestic Affairs

Anwar al-Awlaki, American

Scott Shane's telling of the U.S.-born Muslim preacher-turned-terrorist and his surveillance by the FBI reveals that the calculus for terrorism is political.

'Finale: A Novel of the Reagan Years'

In his latest, Thomas Mallon turns real-life figures like Nixon, Reagan, and Nancy Reagan's astrologer into characters as skillfully as he creates fictional ones.

Obama Fights the Furies

With venomous voices of the GOP dominating dialogue, President Obama used his final State of the Union message to battle against intolerance, anger, and pessimism.

A Debate Worth Watching

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have conducted a remarkably substantive debate on a range of issues, including how to help U.S. workers and regulate Wall Street.

Pedagogy for the Unimpressed

How to cut through the entitlement or ambivalence of college students and get them to see the connections between economics, ethics, inequality, and oppression?

'A War for the Soul of America'

Andrew Hartman's argument is that while “cultural conflict persists,” it has come to partake of a highly ironic flavor—and continues to ignore economic inequality.

Ending the Gun Lobby’s Con Game

Only fearlessness will flip the politics of guns. Republicans can't forever embrace an irrational absolutism that leaves the country powerless before carnage.

GOP Consultant for a Day

The Republican presidential race is one of the most fascinating political brawls in years. It’s about to hit full stride, and I can’t resist kibitzing.

Vigilante Injustice

The concept of the rule of law helps provide a broader framework that makes sense of the critics and the defenders of the prolife movement after Colorado Springs.

Bread, Butter & Climate Change

The environmental movement gets criticized for neglecting social and economic injustice. But California is seeking to align climate and economic policy-making.

Which Party Loves the USA?

The debates we have witnessed have provided an incontestable answer to the question of which party embraces the United States of Now in all of its raucous diversity.

'Lovely in Eyes Not His'

For the men I met with for a biweekly seminar at a mid-level security prison, the biblical struggle with Satan is an everyday affair, expressed in just those terms.
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