ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 20:  Former President Jimmy Carter discusses his cancer diagnosis during a press conference at the Carter Center on August 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. Carter confirmed that he has melanoma that has spread to his liver and brain and will start treatment today.  (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)The Prophetic President

How Jimmy Carter’s 1977 voting reform proposals revealed the dark Id of conservative Republicanism

By Rick Perlstein

The preacher calling us to contemplate last things, the engineer calmly and carefully guiding us through the technicalities of his cancer treatment: Carter the post-president at his most glorious.

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Smoke-cloud-rises-from-the-West-Texas-plant-explosion_101830Will Obama’s Legacy Include Chemical Plant Safety?

Serious questions remain about whether the EPA will issue rules consistent with the administration’s principles

By Taylor Smith-Hams

Senator Barack Obama in 2006: “We cannot allow chemical industry lobbyists to dictate the terms of the debate. We cannot allow our security to be hijacked by corporate interests.”

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You Can’t Make the Congress Do Anything

The ability of presidents to move the legislative needle will always be severely limited

By Scott Lemieux Read

The_Pentagon_January_2008Accounting for the Pentagon

The debate over defense spending isn't what it looks like

By Peter Certo Read

Charts final 2abCorporate Dollars v. Union Dollars

"The distinctive potential of corporations to corrupt the electoral process [has] long been recognized."

By Lou Dubose Read

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