Post Archive

October 2014

The main obstacle to legal pot in D.C? Congress

There’s a high chance that DC will legalize pot this fall, almost 2 to 1 according to the most recent polls. If the legalization ballot

Political memoirs: Loyalty is in the eye of the beholder

I shouldn’t admit this, given how I earn my living, but I do not enjoy political memoirs.  They bore me.  I don’t trust them.  They

Election Day is near but who cares?

It’s fall. The leaves are turning. It's time for pumpkin spiced lattes, apple picking and sweater weather. In the next few weeks there’s Halloween and

How many immigrants has Obama ‘deported’? Zero

Depending on whom you believe, President Obama has overseen either a massive surge or a sharp decline in the deportation of undocumented immigrants in 2013. As

Congress is increasingly numb to data breaches

Hackers stole the debit and credit card information of 40 million Target customers between last November and December. In May, eBay made all of its

Decoding a congressional Twitter spat

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Rich get richer but donate less to charity

If the growing gap between the regular, the rich and super-rich doesn’t bother you, this won’t either: a new study has found that over the

Veterans struggle in transition to civilian life

Some people look at the military veteran Omar Gonzalez who jumped the White House fence recently and say: if only we had a higher fence.

Tyrants believe they have the one true answer

Usually in this weekly reader I recommend a couple interesting pieces I have stumbled across during my weekend reading. Today, I have just one recommendation.

$9 million in legal aid granted to border kids

In Washington, D.C., $9 million may not sound like a lot of money, but for a small number of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied

Does the U.S. make a tradeoff on women’s rights?

Like his predecessor George W. Bush, President Barack Obama is determined not to "go it alone" in the country's latest foray into the Middle East.

A volunteer walks down a tornado-ravaged street March 3, 2012, in Henryville, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

FEMA aid may depend more on where you live than what you lost.

6 things to know about developing an Ebola drug

Many people probably are wondering what’s happening with the development of drugs to treat Ebola now that there’s a report saying the West Africa epidemic

Obsession with branding is overtaking politics

It takes a strong stomach to pay close attention to politics in these times.  Polls and voter turnout records tell us that fewer and fewer

Why dark money ads are scarier than you thought

Millions of Americans in states with competitive Senate and House races are about to get slammed with political ads. There was a time, before the