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How Corporate Lobbyists Conquered American Democracy

Business didn't always have so much power in Washington.<p>Something is out of balance in Washington. Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures—more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.18 billion) and Senate ($860 million). It’s a gap that has …

Political Science

Helen Keller, feminist, radical socialist, anti-racist activist and civil libertarian

Helen Keller's activism on behalf of people with disabilities was rooted in her radical socialism, which held that the problems of the most …

'When a Nation Is Threatened, Democracy Is an Impossible Dream'

Why a nuclear deal with Iran would be a victory for human rights<p>Last week, Akbar Ganji wrote one of the most important essays published since the signing of the framework nuclear deal with Iran earlier this month. It’s partly important because of who Ganji is. Imprisoned in 2001 for accusing …

Human Rights

Marco Rubio’s cynical Tupac fandom: Why “I don’t listen to music for the politics” is a hip-hop cop-out

The presidential hopeful is the latest Republican to burnish his pop culture bona fides to appeal to younger voters<p>Senior advisers to presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio are betting on the candidate’s fluency in youth pop culture as his comparative advantage against the elder titans, Gov. Jeb …

“A Corporate Trojan Horse”: Critics Decry Secretive TPP Trade Deal as a Threat to Democracy

<b>NERMEEN SHAIKH:</b> We turn now to the pending vote in Congress on the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership, a global trade deal currently being …

Lying, cheating, stealing, winning: The shocking motivations of American voters revealed in new study

It turns out that partisan Americans treat politics like they treat sports: Winning is the only thing that matters<p>A new study out of the University of Kansas demonstrates that the individuals most likely to vote in elections aren't worried about policy so much as they are invested in their "team" …

The Orwellian police tactic that targets Black Americans for simply existing

<b>(Reuters/Carlo Allegri)</b><p>Police forces are detaining black “suspects” for trespassing — whether or not they actually are<p>Jason Williamson<p>April 15, 2015 5:36pm (UTC)<p>Kirk McConer was arrested and jailed while talking to a friend outside a convenience store, where he had just purchased a soda. Tyrone …

Noam Chomsky: We’re facing a new Cold War

The linguist and philosopher on the warped coverage of Putin’s Russia and the ways we whitewash our war crimes<p>Earlier this month, Dan Falcone and Saul Isaacson, both high school educators, sat down with Noam Chomsky in his Cambridge, MA office. In a brief conversation, edited and condensed here for …

The right’s “freedom” meltdown: Why GOP still doesn’t get what liberty actually means

From bigotry in Indiana to the hell of raising a child on minimum wage, the right doesn’t understand real freedom<p>When liberals and Democrats suffer an especially bitter political defeat, the loss is usually followed by a round or two of finger-pointing, self-flagellation and near-existential dread. …

Switzerland’s Grand Tour

To help you create a custom Swiss road-and-rail trip based on your interests, we’ve charted six themed itineraries packed with suggestions on what to do and where to stay.<p>Get exclusive updates, insider tips, and special discounts on travel and more.

Ronald Reagan’s genocidal secret: A true story of right-wing impunity in Guatemala

Here’s the real story of how a genocide trial against former Guatemalan head of state Efraín Ríos Montt fell apart<p>On Jan. 5 of this year, the Associated Press issued two short reports on a trial against aging former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt that by and large went unnoticed in the …

Robert Reich: America’s entire political system is rigged

The former secretary of labor on the urgent need for a Democrat to take on the country’s moneyed interests<p>It’s seed time for the 2016 presidential elections, when candidates try to figure out what they stand for and will run on.<p>One thing seems reasonably clear. The Democratic nominee for President, …

10 ways white people are more racist than they realize

Progressives like to believe they’re enlightened, but they’re no less vulnerable to their implicit biases<p>If there’s anything our fraught national dialogue on race has taught us, it's that there are no racists in this country. (In fact, not only do multiple studies confirm that most white Americans …

How Science Is Helping America Tackle Police Racism

The police killings of several unarmed black men in recent months have sparked protests nationwide demanding justice, heightening tensions between …

Psychology

18 Weird and Crazy Facts About Germany

<i>By Barbara Woolsey</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Germany has a reputation for being a straight-laced, by-the-books country -- but plenty of weirdness bubbles just below the surface. Honestly, "Sprockets" isn't that far-fetched. As it turns out, there's more than enough weird and wacky going down between the …