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  • How Opposition to World War One Galvanized the Left

    7:00am By Juliet Kleber
    On April 6, 1917, the United States entered World War I. For three…
  • Voices of America

    6:01am By Michelle Dean
    Illustration by André da LobaTwenty-nine-year-old Payne Lindsey is a filmmaker from the middle of nowhere, Georgia. Like millions of Americans, he became obsessed with the podcast Serial two years ago. Then he lost himself in the Netflix documentary Making a…
  • How Trumpcare’s Failure Sets the Stage for Single-Payer

    6:00am By Sarah Jones
    Trumpcare is dead. President Donald Trump is humiliated and so is House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Democrats can hardly believe their luck: The Republicans have hobbled their own agenda, while Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, lives to fight another day. But…
  • How to Save Obamacare From Trump

    6:00am By Brian Beutler
    This past weekend, liberals across the country celebrated the demise of the American Health Care Act as a triumph of Obamacare over the reactionary forces determined to tear it down, and rightly so. The Republican Party’s failure to repeal the Affordable…
  • The Paris Agreement Is Burning

    6:00am By Emily Atkin
    After weeks of anticipation, President Donald Trump on Tuesday is expected to drop the bomb environmentalists have been dreading: An executive order gutting U.S. efforts to fight human-caused global warming. According to Bloomberg, the order will lay out “a…
  • Is the Russia Investigation Turning the Left Into Conspiracy Theorists?

    Mon 3:32pm By Jeet Heer
    Last week, after Wednesday’s deadly rampage near Parliament in London, British conservative journalist Louise Mensch tweeted that the terrorist attack has “got everything to do with Russia.” She doubled down Friday on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher,…
  • Climate Deniers Are Winning—and Getting Greedy

    Mon 12:49pm By Emily Atkin
    It was supposed to be “the climate skeptic victory tour,” in the words of one prominent attendee. Last week, hundreds of enthusiastic climate change deniers convened in the Grand Hyatt Washington hotel in Washington, D.C., for the Heartland Institute’s…
  • Grierson & Leitch Episode 61: Life and Power Rangers

    Mon 12:33pm By Tim Grierson
    Grierson is back! Grierson is back! After taking a two-week break to rest his voice post-surgery, our beloved co-host returns this week, and man, did we miss him. We dig right into the Alien homage/ripoff Life, starring Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, and…
  • Death to the Flâneur

    Mon 10:45am By Josephine Livingstone
    The flâneur emerged from the imagination of Charles Baudelaire. In his 1863 essay, “The Painter of Modern Life,” Baudelaire eagerly proposes an ambulatory figure he calls a “passionate spectator.” He is modeled after a real person, Monsieur C.G., but…
  • Why Republicans Are Ruling With Utter Incompetence

    Mon 8:24am By Brian Beutler
    Congressional Democrats kicked off the first term of the Obama administration having controlled the House and Senate for just two years. Consecutive landslide elections, in 2006 and 2008, left their caucuses overrun with unseasoned legislators, steeped in…
  • The General and the Refugee

    Mon 6:01am By Eric Reidy
    The Asmara Corner Café sits on a dusty main road in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. With its weathered red façade and bright interior, the coffeehouse is a popular hangout for refugees from neighboring Ethiopia and Eritrea. On May 24 last year, a young…
  • The Death of Paul Ryan, Policy Genius

    Fri 6:06pm By Jeet Heer
    During last year’s Republican primaries, Marco Rubio famously described Donald Trump as a “con artist.” But this week, with the disastrous rollout of the American Health Care Act, we’ve seen the con artist get played by an even slicker, more…
  • Why Trumpcare Failed

    Fri 5:39pm By Brian Beutler
    Paul Ryan has wanted to clobber liberalism for years. When he joined the GOP presidential ticket with Mitt Romney in 2012, his goal was to consolidate control of government and shepherd his budget into law. The budget itself was conceived as kind of an inverse…
  • This is What a Death Spiral Looks Like

    Fri 5:17pm By Primary Concerns
    A Supreme Court litigator discusses the future of health care and the Supreme Court, both of which will likely be decided in the days and weeks ahead.Further reading:The failure of Trumpcare is a warning sign that the devil’s bargain between Donald Trump and…
  • What Just Happened?! A Review of President Trump’s Ninth Week.

    Fri 4:29pm By Alex Shephard
    “Nothing suffices to the disaster,” wrote the dour French philosopher Maurice Blanchot in his seminal late work The Writing of Disaster. “This means that just as it is foreign to the ruinous purity of destruction, so the idea of totality cannot delimit…
  • Life: Extraterrestrial Monsters Die Hard

    Fri 10:19am By Tim Grierson
    To knock Life for being an Alien rip-off is to erroneously assume that this solid, junk-food thriller actually cares at all about originality. Let other people come up with blazingly unique storylines and nuanced characters—the fact that Life is totally…
  • Rex Tillerson’s Other Transparency Problem

    Fri 8:11am By Emily Atkin
    In another news cycle, the story that broke on Wednesday about Secretary of State Rex Tillerson would have been a bombshell. Instead, buried deep beneath the furors over Russia, health care and presidential “wiretapping,” it hardly broke at all. But it…
  • Why Lying Is So Easy for Trump

    Fri 6:00am By Ben Adler
    Political pundits, staggered by Donald Trump’s exaggerated boasts, false promises, and outright lies, have offered various theories for what’s wrong with him. Does he suffer from mental illness? Is he experiencing early-onset dementia? Andrew Sullivan…
  • Al Franken Should Stay Exactly Where He Is

    Thu 2:54pm By Jeet Heer
    It was only a matter of time before the presidential chatter began. Al Franken, the comedian-turned-politician from Minnesota, kept a conspicuously low profile during his first term in the Senate, sticking quietly to policy matters to convince the world that…
  • What Is Dave Chappelle’s Problem With Gay People?

    Thu 10:11am By Eric Sasson
    Dave Chappelle is no stranger to controversy. Twelve years ago, at the height of his career, Chappelle walked away from his hit television show and a $50 million deal with Comedy Central. So many Chappelle’s Show segments—and not just the ones he did about…
  • The GOP’s Deal With the Devil Is Unraveling

    Thu 7:23am By Brian Beutler
    The relationship between President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress is rooted less in a simpatico bond than in a particularly ugly kind of transactional politics. As is often the case when Trump strikes a deal, his side of it comes first: Republicans…
  • The Media Should Become a True Opposition Party

    Thu 6:01am By Leah Finnegan
    Donald Trump had occupied the White House for less than a month before he decided to launch an all-out attack on the easiest target possible: the media. The day after he held the most unhinged press conference since Richard Nixon went on national TV to declare…
  • Norman Podhoretz’s War on the Haters and the Losers

    Thu 6:00am By Jeet Heer
    Charles de Gaulle, a titan not prone to false modesty, wrote four…
  • Betsy DeVos’s “School Choice” Fallacy

    Wed 3:41pm By Graham Vyse
    As Senator Patty Murray tells it, Luke was a middle-school boy who used a private school voucher program to attend Manatee Learning Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He did well at Manatee, but when he tried to switch schools for tenth grade, he realized his…
  • The Case Against Dana Schutz

    Wed 12:58pm By Josephine Livingstone
    Is Dana Schutz allowed to paint Emmett Till in his coffin? Dana Schutz is a successful artist: Her painting Open Casket is part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, a show whose mission is to indicate the country’s cultural temperature. The painting depicts the…
  • The Donald Trump Show Is Flopping

    Wed 10:12am By Brian Beutler
    The Donald Trump Show is suffering from a ratings collapse unlike any since Arnold Schwarzenegger took over The Celebrity Apprentice.The show—loosely defined as the circus-like environment Trump thrives in and tries to manufacture with unrepentant,…
  • What Trump’s Quotation Marks Really Mean

    Wed 10:04am By Geoffrey Nunberg
    It was surely the first time in history that a president’s…
  • Donald Trump Is Winning Where It Matters Most

    Wed 8:01am By Jeet Heer
    President Donald Trump is finding his agenda stalled almost everywhere. Trumpcare is facing an intense political backlash and uphill battle to clear Congress. As of Tuesday afternoon, 26 Republican House members were opposed to the American Health Care Act,…
  • Mohsin Hamid’s Novel Imagines a Miracle of Migration

    Wed 7:00am By Josephine Livingstone
    Saeed and Nadia are from an unnamed city in an unnamed country. They are dating but unmarried. Nadia wears a long black robe but she doesn’t pray. Their city is being divided up block by block: Some areas are held by the militants, some by the government.…
  • Before the Refugee Ban

    Wed 6:01am By Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
    America drove the Bahar family from their country. Then it gave them a new one.The Bahars fled Iraq in 2006, at the height of the U.S. invasion. They left because of the things their eldest son saw—the bombings and shoot-outs, the kidnappings, the everyday…