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Martinez Sutton, outside the courthouse in Chicago (Photo by MinkuMedia) The family of twenty-two year-old Rekia Boyd, who was shot and k [...]

All Apologies

The strange thing about memory is the way in which certain moments can be lost to you for years, even decades, until something or someone reminds you of them, and you feel their sudden presence with a stupid, piercing longing. Stupid because those moments seem too minor, not to mention to [...]

Gods and Profits

Capitalism is a system braced by stories. Consider the rise of the liberal individual, a kind of atomistic personhood, distinct from all other persons. It seems the whole Enlightenment had a hand in creating this particular view of man—yet the concept was unknown to the people of the medieval and

The Bot Bubble

Every morning, Kim Casipong strolls past barbed wire, six dogs, and a watchman in order to get to her job in a pink apartment building decorated with ornate stonework in Lapu-Lapu City. The building towers above the slums surrounding it—houses made of scrap wood with muddy goat pens in place of ya

Scott Walker’s Monday: A semi-endorsement, paired with an ‘Olympics-quality flip-flop’

This post has been updated. If you have to have one good thing and one bad thing happen to your not-yet-official presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) Monday was, on net, not that terrible. The New York Times reported Monday evening that Walker had earned the endo [...]

Scott Walker’s Monday: A big endorsement, paired with an ‘Olympics-quality flip-flop’

If you have to have one good thing and one bad thing happen to your not-yet-official presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) Monday was, on net, not that terrible. The New York Times reported Monday evening that Walker had earned the endorsement of the Koch brothers [...]

Well, I’m here at City of Hope. On Tuesday at 7 am the final round of chemotherapy begins. I’m staying in a little studio apart [...]

Top Christie ally defects to Bush

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tries for a political revival with New Hampshire town halls and Iowa diner stops, he won’t have one of his longtime friends and political advisers at his side. New Jersey state Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos, who chaired Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign an [...]

President Barack Obama says that 2014 was “the planet’s warmest year on record.” But that’s not entirely accurate. Several major clim [...]

Freddie Gray should be alive today

Freddie Gray, 25, should be alive today, but he isn’t. He died on Sunday morning from a broken neck that he sustained during an encounter with Baltimore police a week earlier. The Guardian reports, Gray, 25, died on Sunday morning, a week after he was chased and arrested by officer [...]

Ben Affleck Was Wrong, But Henry Louis Gates Made It Worse

You might say Anderson Cooper had the proper reaction when he was informed that one of his ancestors held slaves, and had in fact been killed by one of them with a farm hoe. After a “wow” and a “whoa,” the CNN anchor told host Henry Louis “Skip” Gates on a <a href="https://www.youtube.co

Watching The Gulf With Alarm

Despite my initial optimism about the first-stage outline between Iran and the P-5 over Tehran’s nuclear program, I’ve now reconciled myself to the reality that things are about to get bad, and perhaps really bad in the region. First, even though the Corker legislation from last we [...]

Rubio to keynote GOP dinner bearing the Bush name

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will be the keynote speaker at a Republican dinner in Connecticut named for the grandfather of one of his likely rivals for the Republican presidential nomination: Jeb Bush. Rubio will headline the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford, Conn., the state GOP ann [...]

Cruz’s Rickety Electability Argument

One of the early presidential cycle themes here at PA has been to look a little more closely at the various GOP candidates’ electability arguments. There’s a bad habit among political analysts to think of ideology and electability as mutually exclusive choices, as voters decid [...]

Barack Obama, running back

We all know President Obama’s favorite (and best) sport is basketball. But, judging from the photo above, Obama doesn’t mind handling the pigskin, either.  This snap came from the Ohio State Buckeyes visit to the White House Monday in celebration of their 2015 national champio [...]

Roger Ailes doesn’t think much of Ted Cruz

Fox News president Roger Ailes thinks Ted Cruz could become the Republican nominee. But he doesn’t appear to think much of him. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ailes was asked whether he thought Cruz could win the the GOP nomination. His answer: Sure, it could happen. B [...]

CPC Co-Chairs, Rep. Waters Urge Department of Ed to Forgive Student Debt Incurred at Corinthian Colleges

Washington –Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and…

Did Hillary Clinton just take Social Security cuts off the table?

Here’s a good place for Hillary Clinton to start making that contrast with the potential Republican nominee in 2016: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn’t quite lay out a detailed proposal for Social Security, but in remarks at a roundtable event in New Hampshire o [...]

How the left got duped by the SNP on austerity, but will ignore it anyway

What would you rather have: 1) a party that tells you what you want to hear and does something different, or 2) one that tells you straight about what its going to do? Most people, I suspect, would pick the latter option. Or at least, they would like to think they prefer the second option [...]