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August 6, 2015

Some progressives expressed dismay last week to discover that Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Senator and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, doesn’t favor a policy of open immigration. While such a policy would undoubtedly allow billions of people in the developing world to improve their lives, there are not many people in the United States […]


The plaintiffs in Evenwel v. Abbott deserve credit for highlighting an unappreciated feature of our system of representation and exposing a gap in the jurisprudence of one person, one vote. Their constitutional argument, however, is academic, at best, and at worst, dangerous and destabilizing for the redistricting process and the U.S. Census.   Read more […]


On this episode of Slate Money, Zephyr Teachout joins host Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of, and Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann to tackle money and politics. Listen to more at Slate

July 9, 2015

The hospitals prepared for an influx of wounded that never came. People either escaped or they died. The youngest victim was four years old; the oldest was 93. In all, 47 people died on the night of July 6, 2013, when an out-of-control oil train carrying Bakken crude oil derailed in the small Quebec town […]

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For most of the 20th century, higher education wasn’t treated as a cash cow, and students were better off for it. Consider: Thousands of college students recently had their school loans forgiven by the federal government. Few are celebrating, though. Washington stepped in to relieve students from paying a for-profit college that had defrauded them. Corinthian Colleges, […]

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Forcing the BBC to fund free TV licences for the over-75s from its licence fee revenue, as the government has announced it will do, is profoundly unconstitutional. Free licences are currently a welfare benefit, introduced by Gordon Brown in 2001. If the bill has grown too high in these austere times, the government should take […]

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June 11, 2015

Shell has one or two rivals for the title of Planet’s Most Irresponsible Company, but it’s definitely the most ironic. The grand irony, of course, is that, having watched the Arctic melt as global temperatures rose, Shell was first in line to drill the newly melted waters for yet more oil which would raise the temperature […]


To the surprise of many, money in politics is becoming an increasingly important issue in the debate over the upcoming presidential election. From Republicans dancing in billionaire primaries, to the newly minted reformer, Hillary Clinton, openly coordinating with a so-called “independent” SuperPAC, it is beginning to strike practically everyone as completely obvious that the existing […]


Top Wonk Nomi Prins discusses how Deutsche Bank has failed to learn the lessons of the financial crisis which is why they have had to make such drastic changes. Watch more at Bloomberg Business 


Central to the latest wrangling over a federal appeals court vacancy is one crucial fact: Wisconsin’s vacancy on the Seventh Circuit is the oldest circuit court vacancy in the entire country. It’s been empty since Judge Terence Evans stepped down in January 2010. That was 2,000 days ago. In that time, President Obama has successfully […]