Lauren Elizabeth Loudermilk

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Business Is Just Fine

<b>Jill Lawrence</b>, alas, falls for the ol'okey-doke on the part of the minor plutocrats.<p>As Washington heads toward an autumn of fiscal deadlines, government-shutdown threats, and the specter of default, the business community is reaping the whirlwind. Dozens of House and Senate conservatives, many of …

“It is the nation’s time”: How women won the vote

The story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s battle for suffrage, and how even then, the GOP tried to divide women, blacks<p>Brenda Wineapple<p>August 18, 2013 5:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Ecstatic Nation: Confidence, Crisis and Compromise, 1848-1877″<p>"Remember the ladies,” Abigail Adams had said, but it seemed …

State Department to open an office of “religious engagement”

At what point does a faith-based federal agency cross the line between church and state?<p>Austin Dacey<p>August 18, 2013 7:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Religion Dispatches.<p>In her 1969 essay “On Violence,” Hannah Arendt described bureaucracy as government by an intricate system in which …

If The Washington Post Becomes Politico, We All Lose

A recently departed Politico reporter on why The Washington Post should steer clear of his old employer's model.<p>As is so often the case, the chatterers in Washington and New York have fixated on precisely the wrong question with precisely the wrong set of facts in an otherwise valuable debate over …

21 Really Cool Facts About The U.S. Capitol You Probably Didn't Know

Blood on the stairs?

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Anger about inequality is dangerous

But we are more unequal than at any time since the 1920s<p>Robert Reich<p>August 13, 2013 2:44pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Why is the nation more bitterly divided today than it’s been in eighty years? Why is there more anger, vituperation, and political polarization now than …

Treasury Monthly Statement Shows the U.S. Deficit Is Melting Away

Still complaining about the deficit? The latest monthly statement from the U.S. Treasury shows that even without destroying the social safety net or …

What Judaism Says About Success

Success is less a point than a direction. In each morning service there is a confessional because Judaism assumes that not a day passes without sin. Was there nothing you said today, or failed to say, that was wrong? There are at least two ways to understand this daily indictment: we are constantly …

John Oliver Destroys Chris Matthews On 'The Daily Show'

The segment, incidentally, was titled, "Can't You At Least Wait Until Jon Stewart Gets Back." In it, Oliver shreds MSNBC host Chris Matthews, who has a recent history of flubbing predictions about Republican presidential nominees.<p>His latest prediction last week — a full three-plus years before …

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The politics of being friends with white people

<b>(Blend Images via Shutterstock/kati1313 via iStock/Salon)</b><p>My best friend at 9 was white — but interracial friendships later became a struggle. Here’s why everything changed<p>Brittney Cooper<p>August 13, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, which found that 40 percent of white people and 25 …