Categories on The New Age of Politics are like Labels in Gmail; a given post will have at least one, sometimes more categories that it belongs to. Fundamentally, Categories are how everything is organized; you can also dive deeper and search by tags if you want.
Using another analogy, Categories are like your standard search results, be it on Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., while tags are the “advanced search” option. For instance, if you click on the “Issues” category, you get, at the time of this writing, 9 pages of posts that all belong to the Issues category. Getting more specific, if you hold your mouse pointer over the “Issues” category, a drop-down menu of the different subcategories appears. If you then click on “Healthcare”, something that I wrote extensively about, only 4 pages of posts appear.
This is as specific as browsing by categories gets; some categories have more posts than others, obviously, but if you’re looking for a post about a particular topic that’s part of a broader categorie, use the handy Tag Cloud on the left sidebar. If you click on “public option” in the Tag Cloud, you get only 2 pages of posts, and a cooler tag cloud than the one in the sidebar at the top. Using tags, it’s theoretically possible to get down to a handful of posts.
If you want to go even more specific, there’s always the search box, which I’m sure most of you, if not all of you, are familiar with using by now. Try combining tags to get ultra-specific!