Do Voter ID Laws Contravene the 1965 Voting Rights Act?
The laws have sparked debate over how widespread voter fraud really is–and whether requiring a drivers' license is constitutionally justifiable.
The Politics of Disenfranchisement and "Prison-Based Gerrymandering"
Is it really just a matter of Democrats versus Republicans?
What's Really Driving State Laws Aimed at Preserving "Election Integrity"?
The war against so-called voter fraud is a constitutional crisis in search of a problem.
To Rebuild and Inspire its Base, the Democratic Party Needs an Overhaul
If the modern Democratic Party represents the so-called "professional-managerial class", who will speak for average Americans struggling to get by?
"Hear me Roark": The Enduring Echo of Ayn Rand's Most Indelible Protagonist
Ayn Rand's most famous character remains a common literary touchpoint for entrepreneurs and businesspeople around the world.
Ayn Rand, Individualism, and the Creation of the Businessman-Superhero
A Russian-born immigrant, Ayn Rand's philosophy injected steroids into a distinctly American brand of individualism.
The Billionaire's Philosopher: The Enduring Impact Of Ayn Rand
The author and philosopher championed ambition and selfishness as core human values.
"No end in Sight": Julian Assange Faces Steep Legal Odds—if he Survives British Custody
Legal experts are putting pressure on the U.S. government to end the prosecution of the WikiLeaks founder amid reports of his deteriorating health.
"Scrap the Espionage Act": A Controversial 1917 Law is Revived to Prosecute Julian Assange
A Roundtable discussion about freedom of the press and the dangers of stretching a wartime law signed by Woodrow Wilson.
The Limits of Language: A Roundtable on the Changing Lexicon of Race in America
It matters how we frame our conversations about racism, but only so much.
Why is Julian Assange Being Prosecuted for Doing the Same Thing as the New York Times?
The WikiLeaks founder is the first journalist to be indicted under the Espionage Act for publishing truthful information.
How Neuroscience can Transform the Treatment of Chronic Pain
Translational neuroscientist Dr. Peter V. Madill believes the key to solving chronic pain will be found in the neurological machinery that produces the signal.
What is a "Reasonable" Time Limit on a Woman's Right to Choose?
Once states are allowed to set their own limits on legal abortion, many of them will redefine the right out of existence altogether.
Does a $778 Billion Defense Budget Really Buy Strength—or Just the Illusion of it?
Two veterans make the case for investing at home and building American strength from the inside-out.
From Robertson to Kaepernick: The Long Fight for Equity and Fair Compensation in Pro Sports
The glitz and big money of professional sports often obscures more mundane and all-too familiar racial realities.
Is Chronic Pain a "Bad Memory" Produced by our Glitchy Brains?
New research examines how chronic pain can be traced back to the memory functions of the brain.
Is There An Alternative To Endless Military Spending?
Even after the end of the war in Afghanistan, the U.S. defense budget continues to balloon. But is military spending the best way to keep Americans safe?
It's Time to Give Professional Athletes Stakes in Their Teams
Want to keep stars from leaving small-market franchises? Make them part-owners.
What Can Non-Western Medicine Teach Us About Consciousness?
Translational neuroscientist Dr. Peter Medill believes modern researchers have a lot to learn from other traditions.
The Supreme Court's Abortion Decision and the Future of Constitutional Rights
Is the erosion of Roe v. Wade a harbinger of things to come under an increasingly conservative Supreme Court and federal judiciary?
Biden, Experts Offer Bleak Vision of Months to Come Amid COVID-19 Surge
The wily Omicron variant — more infectious but generally causing less severe disease — is set to define the pandemic's third winter.
Behind the Roe v. Wade Debate: What Does The Constitution Protect?
Much more than a woman's right to choose is at stake in the Supreme Court's forthcoming abortion decision.
The Persistent Politics of Adam McKay, From “Anchorman” to “Don’t Look Up”
His newest film may be the director's most explicit social satire yet, but he's been making sharp political statements and observations for close to 20 years.
Where Deep Space Isn't Cold: Record-Setting NASA Probe "Touches the Sun"
The achievement deepens our understanding of solar winds and the radioactive particles they disperse.
Facing Lawsuits, the Proud Boys and Other Far Right Groups Change Tactics
As D.C.'s District Attorney cites the Ku Klux Klan Act in the first government suit related to the January 6 riots, the groups responsible are fanning out and going local.
Report: Increased Photosynthesis by Plants is “Buying us Time” to Slow Climate Change
A new study demonstrates how plants have responded to greater concentrations of atmospheric CO2 by accelerating processes that absorb more CO2. But how long can our plant allies hold the line?
The Roundtable Guide to Television's Most Loathsome Siblings
Every child in the Roy family, ranked from worst to worse.
Julian Assange Suffers Stroke While Awaiting Extradition to the U.S.
Concerns about the mental and physical health of the Wikileaks founder deepen as his legal team confronts narrowing options.
SXSW Goes Hybrid: The 2022 Festival Returns With (Mostly) Live Events
Welcome to the "new normal" of hybrid events.
As China Becomes a Superpower, is Taiwan Still Defendable?
U.S. and allied military planners are beginning to reckon with a sobering new calculus in the Taiwan Straight.
What Would the U.S. Do if China Moved Against Taiwan?
A conflict over Taiwan would involve millions of troops and hundreds of fighter jets, but not necessarily nuclear weapons.
As China-Taiwan Tensions Grow, Washington Announces a Boycott of the Winter Games
The Olympics have a long history of being used as a stage for global political theater.
"If You Haven't Been Racially Profiled, You Don't Really Understand How it Changes the Way you See the World."
Columnist David Ben Moshe on the enduring impact of racial profiling.
Generational Change and the Inevitability of Racial Progress: A Debate
Are younger generations becoming more educated about racial issues? Some political activists believe so, while others disagree.
The Bread and Butter of the Democrats' "Build Back Better" Agenda
The bill based on Democrats' "Build Back Better" agenda has critics on the left and the right, imperiling its modest reforms.
How the Democrats' Progressive Agenda Was Gutted (Again)
The party's climbdown on policies to help working Americans can't be blamed on Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema alone.
Are We in the Final Days of Abortion as a Constitutional Right?
The Supreme Court is expected to uphold a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks, effectively ending Roe v. Wade's half-century run as law of the land.
The Case for the "Norway Model" of Constructive Incarceration
U.S. prisons produce so much recidivism because they're not designed to do anything else.
Steven Donziger Won a $9 billion Lawsuit Against Chevron. Now He’s in Prison Amid Growing Calls For His Release
Nine U.S. lawmakers have appealed to Attorney General Merrick Garland seeking the immediate release of the lawyer.
How Much Racial Justice Has Been Achieved Since the Civil Rights Era?
A debate on the meaning of Barack Obama’s election and the persistence of inequality in America.
The Midterms and the Partisan Debate Over Voting Rights and "Election Integrity"
Between claims of fraud and proliferating voter suppression laws, a vanishing number of Americans retain faith in the country's ability to hold "free and fair" elections.