The President Didn't Always Have Power Over Trade Deals
Until the 1930s, it was Congress that set the terms of U.S. trade negotiations with other countries and raised and lowered tariffs as it saw fit, while the president did little but sign his name.
What a Troop Withdrawal in Afghanistan Would Mean for the U.S. and the Taliban
The American military is closing in an agreement to withdraw its troops in return for the Taliban refusing access to anti-American organizations on its territory.
Taking Freedom: Modern-Day Slavery in America's Prison Workforce
On the labor issues connected with using inmates as extremely low-paid workers in state and federal prisons.
PS Picks: Emily Mester's Sharply Observed BuzzFeed Essay on Costco
PS Picks is a selection of the best things that the magazine's staff and contributors are reading, watching, or otherwise paying attention to in the worlds of art, politics, and culture.
American Hubris: The Mythologizing of Christopher Columbus
How the blurred lines between history and politics turned an architect of destruction into a national icon.
A Future History of the United States
In 'The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry,' Ned and Constance Sublette offer a radical re-interpretation of American history. It’s brutal and uncompromising, and, for better or worse, it’s how we should understand the country.
The International Trade of Talent: The Immigration-iPhone Connection
Just because a net migration number is negative doesn't mean there is brain drain. A shrinking population doesn't always indicate a dying place.
Does the Declaration of Independence Still Mean Something in 2014?
A remarkable document in human history, without precedent or rival, the Declaration outlines not what the United States should be, but what it should not be, defining America in opposition to Britain.
World’s Weird America: How Our Most Popular Products Are Seen Overseas
Why David Hasselhoff and Baywatch hit it big in Germany, Mister Donut took off in Japan, and the ritual of Slurpee-filling is so different in Taiwan than in your local 7-Eleven.
Why the United States Will Rule the Legacy Economy
Talent is the new oil, and our universities—talent production facilities—are the best in the world.