3 July 2015


The “hell no caucus” on gay marriage

Betsy Woodruff and Jim Newell discuss conservative activists fighting for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Play entire video

Obama’s brilliant artifice

Reflecting on the president’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Obama’s racial self-presentation. Plus: The end of the Confederate flag.

Passing the “ideological Turing test”

Kevin Glass and Timothy Lee discuss the importance of seeing issues from the other side. Plus: The rich: Are they jerks?

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The future of conservative healthcare reform

With Obamacare subsidies secure, Brian Beutler and Yevgeniy Feyman discuss state waivers. Plus: Game over for judicial challenges to Obamacare.

Bringing “liberal” back

Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate voters are moving left. Plus: Will conservatives turn on John Roberts?

White privilege and the moral imagination

Robert Wright and Conor Friedersdorf discuss how empathy can better promote racial understanding. Plus: Should the government be able to scan your brain?

Hillary’s ambiguity on free trade

Betsy Woodruff and Luke Brinker discuss how a President Hillary Clinton would approach the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Plus: How do you solve a problem like The Donald?

Is the sexual violence in Game of Thrones necessary?

Alyssa Rosenberg argues against the charge that the show has become gratuitous. (Contains spoilers.) Plus: Can Game of Thrones end in a intellectually honest way?


Will Christie play nationally?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether GOP primary voters will embrace Chris Christie’s trademark persona.


The big mistake we made about China in the ’90s

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner discuss what many in the West didn’t understand about China’s economic rise. Plus: It’s a miracle! Trade promotion authority is revived

Is the “skills gap” rubbish?

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Timothy Noah and Peter Cappelli discuss whether employers are actually unable to hire appropriately skilled workers. Plus: You’re fired! Please train your replacement.

We don’t know whether stop-and-frisk worked

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Harry Siegel explains why it’s impossible to measure the effect of the controversial police tactic. Plus: Lies, damned lies, and NYC crime statistics.

The security to take risks

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Mark Schmitt and Monica Potts discuss the economic choices and challenges facing Millennials. Plus: Could Hillary expand the Obama coalition?