November/ December 2014
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Tilting at Windmills

Baseball Hall of Famer Henry Waxman - The Dan Snyder Chair in Native American Studies - The Biggest Unknown About Hillary '16 By Joshua Green

Ten Miles Square
Happy Birthday, Methadone!

Maintenance therapy proved its value half a century ago. We need it today to combat a rise in opioid use. But many courts and prisons cling to a Reagan-era “Just say no” mind-set.
By Sally Satel

Talk of the Toons

By the Editors

Unequal at the Start

Early childhood programs pay dividends for life.
By Ann O’Leary

The New Segregation

It’s class, not race. And we know how to solve it.
By Carl Chancellor and Richard D. Kahlenberg

The Diploma Deficit

The problem is not college debt, it’s low graduation rates. Fix that, and you fix the economy.
By Rachel Fishman

Crunch Time

Modest workplace reforms will strengthen families and the economy.
By Judith Warner

Petrified Paychecks

Seven ways to raise wages.
By Alan S. Blinder

Frenzied Financialization

Shrinking the financial sector will make us all richer.
By Mike Konczal

Discounted Seniors

Future waves of retirees need help saving now. If they get it, they’ll be a boon, not a burden.
By Christian E. Weller and John Halpin


Slow growth and inequality are political choices. We can choose otherwise.
By Joseph E. Stiglitz

On Political Books
The American Way of Dying

How our refusal to face up to the realities of aging and mortality causes needless suffering.
By Phillip Longman

Laura of Arabia

When Yemen fell into chaos, most foreign correspondents were kept out. The only reliable news came from a few intrepid young Western freelancers who spoke the language, lived like locals, and managed to stay in the country.
By Kelly McEvers

The Tie That Binds

How Ronald Reagan, the sunniest president in recent memory, cemented the Republican Party to the dark vision of Richard Nixon.
By Ed Kilgore

Can We Please Put Some Bankers in Jail Now?

With Eric Holder leaving the Justice Department, Washington has a chance to get serious about prosecuting financial crimes. But what exactly has been the holdup?
By Bailey Miller

Let’s Pay for the Government We Get

Why, someday soon, middle-class taxes will have to go up.
By Bill White