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.

Central America needs a Marshall Plan

U.S. policies helped create the refugee crisis in Central America. Better ones can help resolve it.

Trump administration opposes a return to federal oversight for Texas redistricting

The Trump administration no longer supports requiring Texas to obtain federal approval of changes to its legislative and congressional maps.

Government shutdown expands America’s ‘underwater nation’

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

Big nonprofit media outlets are thriving but smaller ones may not survive

A survey by the Institute for Nonprofit News found large donations by philanthropists and foundations generally have benefited only a handful nonprofit media outlets.

How the government shutdown is affecting the economy

The government has been partially closed since Dec. 22, making it the second-longest shutdown on record. A finance professor who studied the 2013 shutdown explains the economic impact.

Where abortion fights will play out in 2019

With a stronger possibility of a 5-4 majority in favor of more restrictions on abortion, anti-abortion groups are eager to get test cases to the high court.

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.