Robert Reich: Repackaging Mitt as a Compassionate Conservative? It’s Too Late

September 2012

No amount of packaging can change what we already know about Mitt Romney.

David Morris: We’re the NFL. We Don’t Have to Care.

September 2012

The NFL has made its fans complicit in Roger Goodell's union-busting.

Andrew Bacevich: Boykinism

September 2012

Joe McCarthy would understand today's Islamophobia.

Robert Reich: The Two Major Views About Why Romney is Losing, and Why the Second is More Convincing

September 2012

For one, Americans are finally beginning to see how radical the GOP is becoming.

Aaron Labaree: Counter-Jihad Takes to the “Information Battle-space”

By Aaron Labaree
September 2012

A look inside Pamela Geller’s 9/11 "Stop Islamization of Nations" conference reveals apocalyptic language, racial paranoia, and surprising links to the political mainstream.

Tom Engelhardt: Obama Against the World

September 2012

Forget Mitt Romney, can the president make it to November 7?

Michelle Koufopoulos: Morally Bankrupt Fascist Babykiller

By Michelle Koufopoulos
September 2012

Can we balance free speech and privacy with basic decency in online communities?

Robert Reich: Four Reasons Romney Might Still Win

September 2012

The election's not over yet, and rumors of Romney's demise are premature.

Marshall Allen: Why Patient Harm Is One of the Leading Causes of Death in America

September 2012

In this Q&A, surgeon Marty Makary talks about his new book Unaccountable and explains why patient harm persists, and what to do about it.

Harry Boyte: The President and the Citizen

September 2012

A vision of citizenship expressed in Obama's convention speech might signal a new direction for his administration--and the country.

Katherine Rowland: Whole Earth Mental Health

By Katherine Rowland
September 2012

The evolving field of ecopsychology aims to cure what ails us by bridging the human-nature rift.

Erica Wright: The Best American Poetry Reading is Worth Leaving the House For

September 2012

This Thursday, brave the beautiful autumn weather to hear the poets featured in the 25th edition of The Best American Poetry read their work.

Robert Reich: The Real Mitt Revealed

September 2012

What Mitt Romney's 47-percent comment means.

Jen Marlowe: Terror and Teargas on the Streets of Bahrain

September 2012

Protests in Bahrain have been largely ignored in Western media, but they shouldn't be.

Nora Connor: The Myth of the Muslim Tide and the Search for the Moderate

September 2012

Doug Saunders's new book fights fears about “the Islamization of America” with historical and sociological fact, but slippery terminology gets in the way.

David Morris: The Times They’re a Changing. Or Are They?

September 2012

This autumn, four states will have the chance to become the first to defeat a same-sex marriage ban.

Chad Wys: Artist’s Playlist

September 2012

Artist Chad Wys gives us a peek into the music he listens to while he works.

Robert Reich: Why Romney and Ryan are Going Down

September 2012

Unemployment, immigration, women's rights—the list of Romney-Ryan's failings goes on and on.

Rebecca Solnit: Occupy Your Victories

September 2012

It's the first anniversary of the Occupy movement, and there is much to look forward to.

Tom Engelhardt: Monopolizing War?

September 2012

War has become a sort of American monopoly--but the American people don't seem to know, or care.

Robert Reich: The Wrong Way to Save Money on Healthcare

September 2012

Shifting healthcare costs to the workers is not the answer.

Elizabeth Eberle: Picket Album

By Elizabeth Eberle
September 2012

As negotiations between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union continue, one teacher tells her school's strike story in pictures.

Jack Tuholske: A New Vision for the Great Lakes is Needed

September 2012

The Great Lakes are a commons, not a commodity to be sold to the highest bidder.

Jesse Eisinger: Early Bain Disputes Cast New Light on Its Business

September 2012

A history of Romney's business.

Roger D. Hodge: The Personality of a Magazine

By Roger D. Hodge
September 2012

Newly minted Oxford American editor Roger D. Hodge discusses the role of an editor, finding a form, and the newsstand's allure.

Robert Reich: Moody’s in a Mood

September 2012

After warning the U.S. about the deficit, rating agencies are now concerned that "fiscal cliff" cuts will be too steep.

Paul Kiel: Study Pins Foreclosure Fail Blame on Big Banks

September 2012

Because of big banks' poor performance, approximately 800,000 homeowners missed out on mortgage modifications.

Editors’ Picks: September Recommended Reading

September 2012

Our editors highlight some worthy books to start off the fall.

Robert Reich: The Biggest Economic Challenge of Obama’s Second Term

September 2012

The debate on the campaign trail has focused on Obama's past economic policies, but the real question is what will be done after January.

Ed Winstead: More Than You Can Chew

September 2012

What the all-you-can-eat buffet tells us about misguided nostalgia, overcoming privation, and the RNC.

Jennifer Sky: Fashion Week and Exploitation

By Jennifer Sky
September 2012

In the wake of New York Fashion Week, former model Jennifer Sky calls for the inclusion of models in the SAG-AFTRA union and an end to the exploitation of underage workers.

Robert Reich: The Jobs Report and the Election

September 2012

Obama's speech was missing the one thing it needed most: an economic plan.

Natasha Lewis: Zadie Smith’s NW and Big Ideas

September 2012

Despite what Kakutani says, Smith’s new novel is not "Mrs. Dalloway Lite."

Robert Reich: The Real Importance of Bill Clinton’s Wonderfully Long Speech

September 2012

Clinton's speech has given Americans just what they need: facts.

Robert Reich: The Most Important Political Week

September 2012

The most important news won't be anything coming from the Democratic National Convention.

Richard Falk: Ten Years of AKP Leadership in Turkey

September 2012

There are heartening signs of improved relations between the civil and military arms of Turkey's government, but much work remains.

Ben Mason: Diane Arbus’s No Man’s Land

September 2012

In Berlin, the photographer’s fascination with separation and unity has unexpected resonance.

Harry Boyte: Did We Build It?

September 2012

A history of the concept of the commonwealth in American politics sheds some light on who exactly is the we in We Built It.

Nick Turse: Afghanistan’s Base Bonanza

September 2012

Despite years of talk about American withdrawal from Afghanistan, the number of military bases there has steadily expanded.

David Morris: Corporate Crime Does Pay

September 2012

With penalties laughably low, what should we expect but continued criminal activity on the part of corporations?

Justin Elliott: Watergate Journalist Carl Bernstein Spoke at Event Supporting Iranian ‘Terrorist’ Group

September 2012

Bernstein was paid $12,000 for remarks in which he challenged the State Department to show evidence the Mujahadin-e Khalq should still be designated a terrorist organization.

Robert Reich: It’s Inequality, Stupid

August 2012

Income inequality is one of the most pressing issues facing the country, but you wouldn't know it from watching the RNC in Tampa.

Suevon Lee: Voting Rights Act: The State of Section 5

August 2012

A provision of the Voting Rights Act, which requires districts with a history of suppressing minority votes to get federal approval of new voting laws, may be headed to the Supreme Court.

Brandon Lingle: Queen’s Creek

August 2012

Back from Iraq, a veteran meditates on the past, present, and future of American warfare, and the small creek in Virginia where they all flow together.

Jake Bernstein: How an Obscure Federal Rule Could Be Shaking Up Presidential Politics

August 2012

A state pension rule passed in 2010 could make it more difficult for sitting governors to run for federal office.

Claire Potter: After Britain’s Gold Rush

August 2012

London won its Olympic bid based on a promise to reinvigorate the nation’s interest in sport—now, after the Games, Parliament has to deliver the funds

Robert Reich: How Romney Keeps Lying Through His Big White Teeth

August 2012

How are patently false statements permissible in political ads?

Robert Reich: George W. Bush as Hurricane Isaac

August 2012

Hurricane Isaac may end up reminding voters of the legacy of George W. Bush.

Tom Engelhardt: The Best Laid Plans

August 2012

How quickly will the U.S. leave Afghanistan?

Stephen Engelberg and Kim Barker: The Flood of Secret Campaign Cash Isn’t All Citizens United

August 2012

The campaign is glutted with anonymous money because of loose FEC oversight, and the Commission is unlikely to become more assertive anytime soon.

Robert Reich: Romney’s Lying Machine

August 2012

Every campaign is guilty of exaggerations, but Romney's lies are another thing altogether.

Greg Muttitt: Mission Accomplished for Big Oil?

August 2012

How an American disaster paved the way for Big Oil's rise—and possible fall—in Iraq.

TaxCast: Capital Flight in Africa and Europe, Usain Bolt’s Taxes, and Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on Inequality

August 2012

Capital flight in Africa and now in Europe, Olympian Usain Bolt fails to champion his tax affairs, and Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson on tax and inequality.

Linda Sarsour: Surveillance and the City

August 2012

The director of the Arab Association of New York talks with Meaghan Winter about mosque monitoring, civil liberties, and kids asking 'why do they hate us?'

Kim Barker: How Nonprofits Spend Millions on Elections and Call it Public Welfare

August 2012

Drawing on documents filed with the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission, here's your guide to how 501(c)(4) groups have used their tax status for purposes the law never intended.

Rachel Riederer: Rape and Rhetoric

August 2012

Todd Akin's comments highlight the danger of letting ideology create facts instead of the other way around.

Robert Reich: The Fanatical GOP

August 2012

In its stance on everything from Medicaid to millionaires, the new Republican platform shows the growing extremism within the party.

Robert Reich: The Five Reasons Why the Ryan-Romney Economic Plan Would Be A Disaster for America

August 2012

Introducing the so-called bold, marvelous, and much-needed Ryan-Romney economic plan.

Richard Falk: Toward a New Geopolitics?

August 2012

Are we in the midst of a fundamental geopolitical shift?

Maura Fitzgerald: Better Aim

August 2012

In response to the Wisconsin and Aurora shootings, a writer reflects on communal responsibility, gun violence, and American understandings of difference.

Rebecca Solnit: Men Explain Things to Me

August 2012

Before there was mansplaining, there was Rebecca Solnit's 2008 critique of male arrogance. Reprinted here with a new introduction.

Robert Reich: Mitt’s 13-Percent Tax

August 2012

Romney’s alleged 13% tax rate violates the core principles of tax fairness and equal sacrifice.

Craig Epplin: Snowball’s Chance, Ten Years Later

August 2012

A decade after John Reed's Orwell parody was released, it still feels current, and, perhaps, even more relevant than before.

Peter van Buren: How Not to Reconstruct Iraq, Afghanistan, or America

August 2012

A guide to disaster at home and abroad.

David Morris: For Good Customer Service Go to Government, Not Corporations

August 2012

Received wisdom aside, good customer service is easier to come by at government agencies than many private businesses.

Ed Winstead: Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

August 2012

What's next for the Oxford American now that founder Marc Smirnoff has been fired?

Kim Barker: Two Dark Money Groups Outspending All Super PACs Combined

August 2012

Two conservative non-profits have poured $60 million into the presidential race, far outspending the super-PACS.

Robert Reich: Whose Plan Destroys Medicare — Obama’s or Romney-Ryan’s?

August 2012

Mitt Romney has charged that the Affordable Care Act will make massive cuts in Medicare. Is he right?

Alfred W. McCoy: Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

August 2012

How two administrations and both parties made illegality the American way of life.

Announcing $22.5 Million Fine, FTC Says It Investigated Google’s Internet Tracking Early On

August 2012

Senior FTC official said it was looking into the Google privacy issue before any articles were published about the case.

Jay Walljasper: Not Your Father’s Motor City

August 2012

Southwest Detroit has defied the stereotype of urban decay.

Aaron Leaf: Pussy Riot’s Closing Statements

By Aaron Leaf
August 2012

Instead of using her closing statement to express remorse, Yekaterina Samutsevich of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot talked about Putin, power, and the subversive potential of images.

Robert Reich: The Ryan Choice

August 2012

By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney has provided a stark contrast for voters.

Aaron Labaree: Postcard from Tar-Sands Country

August 2012

The rush to mine Canada’s bitumen deposits has created modern-day boomtowns. This summer one of them lost its oldest bar.

Robert Reich: A Bold Proposal

August 2012

Robert Reich returns from vacation strongly in favor of vacations.

Nick Turse: Washington Puts Its Money on Proxy War

August 2012

The election year outsourcing that no one’s talking about.

Lois Beckett: Pandora Asks Listeners to Share Their Emails With Romney

August 2012

Don't harass me on my email, don't stalk me on the apps that I use, says Crystal Harris after receiving a pop-up message asking her to share her email with the Romney campaign.

David Morris: After 20 Years, Charter Schools Stray From Their Original Mission

August 2012

Instead of being laboratories for new practices, many charter schools have become for-profit enterprises with poor report cards.

Mallika Kaur: Fear None, Frighten None

August 2012

After Sunday's shootings, Sikh Americans in Milwaukee and elsewhere need and deserve an informed response.

John Sevigny: On the Passing of Robert Hughes

August 2012

Remembering a critic who knew there was good art and bad art, and wanted us to know the difference.