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How LBJ Saved the Civil Rights Act

Fifty years later, new accounts of its fraught passage reveal the era's real hero—and it isn’t the Supreme Court.<p>In the winter of 1963, as the Civil Rights Act worked its way through Congress, Justice William Brennan decided to play for time. The Supreme Court had recently heard arguments in the …

Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years

The human race is on the brink of momentous and dire change. It is a change that potentially smashes our institutions and warps our society beyond recognition. It is also a change to which almost no one is paying attention. I’m talking about the coming obsolescence of the gun-wielding human …

The Decline of the American War Hawk

There's been a backlash in the United States against foreign interventionism—but David Brooks and others just don't get it.<p>Citing polling data that shows a majority of Americans want the U.S. to be less engaged in world affairs, believe our influence on those affairs is declining, and feel we're …

The End of American Exceptionalism

Conservatives are right: The attitudes they say make America special—religiosity, patriotism, and mobility—are fading. And it has nothing to do with Barack Obama.<p>From the moment Barack Obama appeared on the national stage, conservatives have been searching for the best way to describe the danger he …

Another Massive Problem With U.S. Democracy: The FEC Is Broken

As cash floods the political system, the federal watchdog is beset with Chinese hackers, staff vacancies, feuding among commissioners, and a huge backlog of cases—to name just a few.<p>Just after the federal government shut down October 1, and one of the government’s more dysfunctional agencies …

How Surveillance-State Insiders Try to Discredit NSA Critics

Journalists opposed to the surveillance state are accused of sensationalism and withholding context. But unlike our critics, we're eager for the whole truth to out.<p>Who has done more than anyone else to increase public understanding of what the National Security Agency does? A top-10 list would have …