The Political Polarization That Elected Jair Bolsonaro Still Hangs Over Brazil's Democracy
The left-right divide—a healthy feature of a pluralist political system—is so toxic now that divergence of opinion has surpassed the realm of policymaking.
As Unrest Escalates in Hong Kong, Pro-Democracy Demonstrators' List of Demands Lengthens
Here's what you need to know about the development of the conflict in Hong Kong and the protesters' motivations.
Will the Supreme Court Use Bridgegate to Further Kneecap Anti-Corruption Laws?
Since the '80s, the court has shown a willingness to decriminalize dirty politics. Will Bridget Anne Kelly be the next to get off?
Elections in Turkey Signal an End to the Presidential Party's Influence
The defeat of President Erdoğan's candidate for Istanbul mayor is a sign that Turkey's most powerful political party is losing its influence after nearly two decades of control.
Can Compassion Become a Central Part of American Politics?
The 2020 election cycle is already bringing to light the innate conflict in our political system between individualism and policies that benefit entire communities.
Are We on the Verge of a New Era of Political Reform?
Americans are deeply frustrated with how democracy is working in the United States and that could lead to a change in the status quo.
The Politics of the Gay Bar, 50 Years After Stonewall
Under the Trump administration, some gay bars have found themselves wrestling anew with anti-queer prejudice.
Guatemalans Vote in an Atmosphere of Distrust and Corruption (in Photos)
The national election in Guatemala likely marked the bitter end to what was once the most hopeful anti-corruption movement in the hemisphere.
What's Driving the Anti-Extradition Protests in Hong Kong?
The now-suspended legislation to allow China to extradite Hong Kong citizens to the mainland has revealed concerns over the growing creep of Chinese government influence.
Why Is Colombia's President Working Against a Landmark Peace Deal With the FARC Guerrillas?
Colombia's new president, Ivan Duque, wants to weaken the deal, which he sees as "too lenient" on the fighters who once terrorized the country.
Viewfinder: Activists Push for Congress to Begin Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump
A woman holds a sign during a press conference where activists delivered a computer flash drive with 10 million signatures calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Political Passion Inspires Trust—Even From Opponents
New research finds that your peers—including your opponents—will respect your integrity if you speak emphatically about the social issues that matter to you.
Viewfinder: Political and Social Crisis in Venezuela
A student standing in a tree displays a Venezuelan flag during a rally in support of opposition leader Juan Guaidó on May 2nd, 2019, in Caracas, Venezuela.
Inside the Political Fight Over How to Handle California's Housing Crisis
From Sonoma to San Diego, the state faces a massive affordability crisis; across the political gradient, few residents disagree on that, even if they don't see eye to eye on how to solve it.
What to Make of the Iranian Revolution 40 Years Later
As relations between the U.S. and Iran grow increasingly fraught, looking back at one of the watershed moments in the countries shared history.
Viewfinder: The Thai Prime Minister Visits a Construction Site Ahead of Elections
Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha visits the construction site for the Bang Sue Central Station, the site of Bangkok's new railway transport hub, on March 20th, 2019, in Bangkok, Thailand.
Another Abortion Fight Looms Over the Texas Legislature
Despite signals that lawmakers wanted to focus on bipartisan issues after a contentious mid-term election, three divisive abortion bills have been proposed.
Why Pleasure Is So Important, Both Personally and Politically
Two new books argue for the virtues of pleasure—as an end in itself, but also as a political tool.
The Three Rhetorical Tricks That Bind Trump to His Base
Political communication scholars explain how, for Trump, telling lies, shifting blame, and asserting his own greatness help him keep his core supporters.
Faith and Religion in Public Life Are Not Replacements for Reform
The National Prayer Breakfast is one of the few events that attempts to highlight unity over partisan divides, but prayers don't result in meaningful policy changes.
Could Medicaid for All Work as a Path to Universal Coverage?
A new study suggests that states already have broad legal authority to expand Medicaid access.