March/April/May 2015
Table of Contents

Tilting at Windmills

Obama and Clinton complete each other…Speak softly and carry a venti latte…Mortgage refinancing and nasal cleansing. by Steven Waldman

Ten Miles Square
How Mike Huckabee Became the New Sarah Palin

St. Joan of the Tundra taught him the art of inviting ridicule and turning it into victimization. by Ed Kilgore

Talk of the Toons

by the Editors

Features
When Freedom Isn’t Free

ALEC and the bail bond industry have a new plan to empty prisons - for a price. by Alysia Santo

What Piketty Missed: The Banks

The explosion of finance, and its weak regulation, has exacerbated inequality. Stronger regulation could lead to higher middle-class wages. by Daniel Carpenter

A New Agenda for Political Reform

Instead of trying to weaken the pressure of corporate money in Washington, let’s try strengthening Congress’s capacity to resist it. by Lee Drutman and Steven Teles

A Lobbyist Just for You

And two other solutions to counter corporate influence in Washington. by Lee Drutman

Can Gay Wedlock Break Political Gridlock?

Suddenly, it’s in both parties’ interests to fight the broader decline in marriage. Here’s the case for a “marriage opportunity” agenda. by David Blankenhorn, William Galston, Jonathan Rauch, and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead

On Political Books
Death with Indignity

How Medicare and other federal subsidies rope the elderly into painful, futile, and costly end-of-life care. by Shannon Brownlee

Operation Rent Seeking

How the war on terrorism became a business model. by Mike Lofgren

Lost in Obamacare

Buried in Steven Brill’s convoluted tome are important truths about how to reform our health care delivery system. by Phillip Longman

The Future of Work

The American Midwest and the Mexican border are the twin faces of economic globalization—and the upheavals they have endured are the new normal. by James McBride

The Reckless Reign of W.

We are still living with the forty-third president’s legacy. by Martin Longman

Welfare with an Ocean View

The federal government spends billions replenishing beaches for the affluent. The bill will soon skyrocket thanks to climate change. by Theodoric Meyer