How the Romans invented Facebook, sort of.
Why our next war will be fought in cities.
Mitt Romney didn’t lose because of the GOP’s far-right agenda. That’s what’s scary.
How Dick Cheney controlled, and lost control of, George W. Bush.
A selection of political cartoons from the past few weeks.
In 1945, the average age in the Senate was fifty-nine. Today, it’s sixty-two. As our democracy becomes a gerontocracy, it raises all sorts of policy challenges. But for speechwriters, it raises a unique one. Over the course of the Senate’s history, 299 sitting senators have died in office—one death every nine months. That’s a lot… Read more »
Americans’ surprising commitment to fairness.
Five ideas that really work.
The promising revival of career and technical education.
A commonsense plan that Congress can pass now.
The economic returns of civic virtue.
How young adults are faring in America’s twenty-five biggest metro areas.
How well is your state helping you succeed?
Once upon a time, proponents of the idea of “American exceptionalism” used to point to Europe’s high youth unemployment rates as an object lesson. See what happens, they’d lecture, when countries have inflexible labor markets and cradle-to-grave social benefits? But an inconvenient truth has emerged. The youth unemployment rate in the United States is now… Read more »
What happened to Jamie Leigh Jones in Iraq?
Are female warriors more likely to be traumatized by combat?
Which elite colleges send the most graduates into government and nonprofit careers?
Fair-weather Democrats You probably read about the two Democratic state senators who lost recall elections in Colorado because they voted to strengthen gun laws in the state. What struck me in the New York Times account that I read is that 21,000 fewer voters turned out than had in 2010. That was the midterm election,… Read more »
Americans used to be exceptional for how often they moved. But that once-powerful source of both efficiency and upward mobility is now in steep decline.