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Posted on: Jun 25, 2012, Source: Mother Jones

The research is in on a high-priced Bush-era initiative to promote marriage to poor people. It’s time for a divorce.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2011, Source: Mother Jones Online

Murdoch has made it very clear that he views America's public schools as a potential gold mine.

Posted on: Jul 26, 2011, Source: Mother Jones

Some of the victims were gay, or perceived to be by their classmates, and many were bullied. And anti-gay activists stand accused of blocking an effective response to the crisis.

Posted on: Feb 15, 2011, Source:

Pricey political consultants and fame-seeking leaders: A grassroots group cozies up to the DC establishment and alienates the activists who put it on the map.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

Conservative activists believe that the UN is secretly plotting to herd humans into crowded cities so that the rest of the world can be devoted to wildlife preservation.

Posted on: Nov 19, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

The tea party's social conservative and libertarian wings are poised for a showdown that could decide the fate of the movement.

Posted on: Sep 20, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

The Maine state coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots has expressed a very low opinion of the Tea Party backed O'Donnell. Are there rifts in the movement?

Posted on: Sep 10, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

What will happen when thousands of Tea Partiers likely toting offensive signs come into contact with attendees of the annual Black Family Reunion?

Posted on: Aug 11, 2010, Source: Mother Jones Online

Competing for the business of Tea Party protesters as they converge on Washington, the movement has spawned its own cutthroat brand of travel agents.

Posted on: Jul 25, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

A series of rallies meant to help unify the movement have actually sired confusion and dissent.

Posted on: Jul 1, 2010, Source: Mother Jones Online

No one actually mentioned the Tea Partiers during Elana Kagan's Supreme Court nomination hearings, but they were there in spirit, pitchforks in hand.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2010, Source:

Porn is becoming more and more extreme, and more and more accessible -- including to kids. Is it time for the government to step in?

Posted on: Jun 14, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

The Deepwater rig is legally considered an ocean-going vessel, as a result BP could get away with shelling out sums as paltry as $1,000 to families of workers killed in the blast.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

Fred Karger was one of the GOP's top dark-arts operators. Now he's riding into battle to save gay marriage and reveal the Mormon Church's anti-gay marriage plan.

Posted on: Feb 22, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

Conspiracy theorists who started the birther lie are now targeting Clinton's eligibility for office, over an obscure provision in the Constitution.

Posted on: Feb 8, 2010, Source: Mother Jones

An obscure executive order has been misconstrued and now the blowback has reached all the way to Congress.

Posted on: Dec 30, 2009, Source: Mother Jones Online

The Tea Party Express is trying to capitalize on the Tea Party movement for crass and self-serving political purposes -- mainly as a fundraising machine for Republican causes.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2009, Source: Mother Jones Online

Public restrooms: The final frontier of the right's war on queer folk?

Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: Mother Jones Online

To liberals, she epitomizes the anti-choice far right of the GOP. But to American Right to Life, Sarah Palin is not pure enough.

Posted on: Nov 4, 2009, Source: Mother Jones

What if they gave a Tea Party and nobody came? Michele Bachmann and company promised a barrage of protest calls to the Capitol but, so far, things are kind of quiet.

Posted on: May 29, 2009, Source:

Ultraconservative lawyer Ted Olson (who defended Bush in Bush v. Gore) wants to fight for gay marriage but many are skeptical of his motives.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2009, Source:

Now that the Obama administration is a shareholder, will it protect the interests of the bank or those of targeted by its predatory practices?

Posted on: Feb 12, 2009, Source:

Blame two Republican presidents and the influential car-dealer lobby who worked hard to ensure that this will never happen.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2008, Source: Mother Jones

Forget Roberts or Alito for a minute; in eight years, Bush installed more than 300 federal judges. Here are a few to keep a close eye on.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2008, Source: Mother Jones

Bush's nominee for Tennessee trial court judge is a Republican crony who has made millions off the prison boom.

Posted on: Jan 29, 2008, Source: Mother Jones Online

The conservative-dominated court is totally out of touch with the rest of the country.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2006, Source:

Lobbyists and are gearing up once again to push for tort reforms in Washington. Will the Dems cave in to their demands?

Posted on: Oct 5, 2004, Source: Washington Monthly

How the media helps the insurance industry and the GOP with wildly exaggerated tales of Americans' overarching sense of legal entitlement.

Posted on: Oct 2, 2003, Source: Washington Monthly

The new book 'Food, Inc.' gives a much more nuanced assessment of biotech food issues than you'll hear from the Bush administration.

Posted on: May 4, 2003, Source: Washington Monthly

A home repair book for the rest of us could also prove handy if the economy gets any worse.

Posted on: Dec 19, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly

A new book says the SUV is the car of choice for the nation's most self-centered people -- and the bigger the SUV, the more of a jerk its driver is likely to be.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly

With more than 60 percent of Americans overweight, a new book says humans are hardwired to get fat. And scientists and drug companies alike see obesity as the "trillion-dollar disease."

Posted on: Sep 10, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly

In the hopes of spurring Dubya into action on climate change, here is a projection of what global warming will do to his beloved Crawford, Texas, summer home ranch.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly

All the hype surrounding the late Mexican painter-cum-icon dodges certain uncomfortable truths about this season's hottest female artist.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2002, Source: Washington Monthly

If the Senate Majority Leader runs for president, what will voters think of his lobbyist wife -- especially after she helped bail out the airline industry?

Posted on: Nov 12, 2001, Source: Washington Monthly

Educated women claim to hate Naomi Wolf. So why do they read her books? A review of Third Wave diva's recently released "Misconceptions."

Posted on: Aug 27, 2001, Source: Washington Monthly

How the Republican Senator from Utah made it easier for kids to buy speed, steroids and Spanish fly.