America’s public schools seldom bring rich and poor together. MLK would disapprove.

Public schools were originally envisioned as ‘common schools’ where rich and poor kids could be educated together. MLK wanted the same thing. It’s not happening.

Government shutdown expands America’s ‘underwater nation’

Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.

Government by extortion

The White House’s “rule or ruin” strategy — wall or shutdown! — is anti-democratic. When you insist on rule or ruin, the result is likely to be ruin for the rest of us.

Will Pelosi open the floor to bipartisan ideas?

Pelosi has agreed to a more open process, but amendments backed by both parties have become a rarity in polarized Washington.

No, Trump is not like Obama on Middle East policy

Obama’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan had several facets and was part of a wider strategy in the Middle East.

Only 1 out of 36 newly elected female representatives in Congress is Republican – here’s why it matters

Republican women face higher barriers to reaching elected office than Democratic women. A GOP allergy to identity politics plays a role too.

What Aristotle teaches us about Trump’s rhetoric

Trump is effective with some audiences when he says climate change is a hoax or refers to the news media as “the enemy of the American people.” But that has nothing to do with truth.

Here’s what’s at stake when Dems vote on House rules

Two rules that govern taxation and spending will determine how vigorously Democrats are able to pursue the bold agenda that gave them a 40-seat majority in the House.

The math on why the Trump administration’s fuel standards report is seriously flawed

The Trump administration’s analysis finds costs of current standards exceed the benefits by over $170 billion – but it includes four major errors in the calculations.

Standing with migrants this holiday season

Mary and Joseph fled their country to keep their child alive. We should embrace families making the same difficult choice today.