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  • Defending the Undefendable

    10:06am By Sarah Marshall
    Attorney-client privilege is more binding than marriage, and in some ways more intimate. If a husband describes his most profound ethical transgressions to his wife, she is free to seek protection from him, or at least free to share what he has told her with…
  • Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon

    8:46am By Jeet Heer
    In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Donald Trump took a strong “law and order” line, declaring, “The first civil right is safety.” As Maggie Haberman of The New York Times shrewdly noted, Trump was echoing a 1968 ad where Richard Nixon…
  • The Crazy College of Qatar

    8:00am By Michael Hardy
    Over the past decade, American universities have gone on a worldwide building spree, opening branch campuses everywhere from Accra (Webster University) to Dubai (Rochester Institute of Technology) to Seoul (George Mason University). New York University has…
  • This Year, Even the Fight Over Government Funding Is Upside Down

    8:00am By David Dayen
    You may have forgotten amid this year’s spectacle of Donald Trump, but the U.S. government also includes a legislative branch, composed of the House and the Senate. This year, they’ve succeeded in making themselves invisible, with almost no laws of any…
  • Obama’s Asia Pivot Has Been a Historic Success

    6:00am By Michael H. Fuchs
    In 2011, at the annual East Asia Summit dinner in Bali,…
  • Guns in Donald Trump’s America

    Tue 2:36pm By Jonathan M. Metzl
    Donald Trump’s new outreach to “minority voters” is already showing signs of strain. Soon after the shooting death of Nykea Aldridge, cousin of basketball star Dwyane Wade, Trump sent a controversial tweet: Dwyane Wade's cousin was just shot and killed…
  • Weiner Didn’t “Humiliate” Huma. He Humiliated Himself.

    Tue 12:33pm By Sarah Jones
    Anthony Weiner’s Twitter account is no more, and neither is his marriage. Huma Abedin announced on Monday that she’s leaving her husband of six years, after The New York Post revealed on Sunday night that the “disgraced ex-congressman has been sexting…
  • Nicholson Baker, Substitute Teacher

    Tue 12:07pm By Malcolm Harris
    Watching a calm classroom is usually intolerable. Think of Ben Stein playing an economics teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: His character is an icon of protracted boredom, but Stein’s performance is, in its entirety, shorter than two minutes long.…
  • Grierson & Leitch Episode 32: The Worst Summer Ever, Almost Famous, Garden State

    Tue 11:37am By Tim Grierson
    Our critics take a break from new releases on their podcast this week and instead reflect on what Grierson believes is the worst summer movie season of his lifetime. Was there anything worthwhile to salvage it? Were there any great performances? Was anything…
  • How Your Childhood Sleepovers Shaped Who You are Today

    Tue 11:17am By Amber Van Moessner
    This article was created by TNR Studio for Casper. Casper believes in creating products and experiences to help you dream your way to a better life, a life well slept. The New Republic’s editorial team has no involvement in any projects produced by TNR…
  • Why Donald Trump Finds Huma Abedin Irresistible

    Tue 9:29am By Jeet Heer
    This week, Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s most trusted confidantes, finally dumped her husband Anthony Weiner, who was caught, once again, sending louche photos of himself to a random woman on the internet. Though Weiner could not be said to have any…
  • The Myth of the Millennial as Cultural Rebel

    Tue 8:31am By Laura Marsh
    If you have read anything about young people in recent years, you could be forgiven for believing that we are living through a cultural revolution, unprecedented in its destructiveness and self-regard. Millennials don’t just reject the music, art, or clothes…
  • Full Metal Racket

    Tue 8:00am By Ryan Bradley
    William Milzarski was 40 years old when he ​finished his infantry training. His two sons had enlisted, and he felt a midlife crisis coming on. “It was either enlist, or buy a red convertible,” he says. Shipped off to Afghanistan, Lt. Milzarski led his…
  • Why Republicans and Democrats Can’t Agree on Basic Economic Facts

    Mon 2:49pm By Ian Anson
    Back in 1992, Democratic strategist James Carville uttered his famous recommendation to Bill Clinton ahead of the 1992 election: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Political scientists beat Carville to the punch, though: As far back as the 1950’s, scholars…
  • Ten Movies We Can’t Wait to See at the Toronto Film Festival

    Mon 12:46pm By Tim Grierson
    Summer movie season is over, thank…
  • This Really Might Be the Most Important Election Ever

    Mon 9:09am By Jeet Heer
    Speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Donald Trump painted the election in stark terms, as a choice between a “rigged” status quo and “our incredible movement to take our country back from the death spiral it is currently in.” If you set aside…
  • Donald Trump Has Blown Up Republicans’ Racism Defense

    Mon 8:00am By Brian Beutler
    Discussing this election is a challenge even for people whose lifeblood is elections, because so many of its participants and observers react to the introduction of clarity as if it were foreign tissue. Speaking in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday, Hillary Clinton…
  • Witness Tampering

    Mon 7:00am By Sophie Pinkham
    Until she won the Nobel Prize in literature last year, Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich was largely unknown in the English- and Russian-speaking worlds. After beginning her career as a reporter, she has spent the past three decades working at the boundary…
  • The Cops and the Kids

    Fri 3:55pm By James Ridgeway
    The clashes between police and demonstrators began as calculated maneuvers by The National Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, and the Youth International Party. The strategy was to confront the Chicago police, and thereby demonstrate that…
  • Turkey’s Purge Could Cause a Massive Brain Drain

    Fri 2:07pm By Ibrahim Sirkeci
    Turkey is facing a new danger – brain drain.On July 15, a group within the Turkish military staged a coup.It failed. But since then, the Turkish government has restricted rights and freedoms of its people. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has stepped…
  • The Case for Carly Rae Jepsen

    Fri 11:08am By Clio Chang
    When I tell people my favorite artist of the…
  • In Her Alt-Right Speech, Hillary Gave the GOP a Mafia Kiss

    Fri 8:31am By Jeet Heer
    Hugging and kissing are rarely innocent acts in a gangster movie. The Godfather puts his arms around you not always in loving embrace, but as a way of drawing you close and making you an offer you can’t refuse. The warm kiss on the cheek might also be a…
  • The Island That Ran Out of Room to Bury the Dead

    Fri 8:00am By Mikaela Lefrak
    More than 100,000 life vests lay abandoned in a rocky field in northern Lesbos, a small Greek island with a year-round population of only 86,000. Last year, more than 850,000 men, women, and children boarded rubber dinghies and rickety wooden boats in Turkey,…
  • Hip-Hop Hymnals

    Fri 8:00am By Frank Guan
    In 2002, Kanye West played an early version of “Jesus Walks,” his religiously themed rap song, to a small industry audience in New York. Recently arrived from Chicago, West was a young, mid-tier hip-hop producer, not known for his fluency in the tough-guy…
  • The Revolution Is Not in Bernie’s Hands

    Fri 7:00am By David Dayen
    When Bernie Sanders stepped to the stage on Wednesday to announce the launching of “Our Revolution,” a political organization dedicated to keeping the momentum of his presidential campaign going by supporting candidates at all levels of government, he…
  • Why Clinton Is Hitting Trump on Outsourcing

    Fri 6:00am By Laura Reston
    Had Hillary Clinton been looking for an easy hit, she could have hammered Donald Trump for his alleged mafia ties, his business failures, or his sordid personal history. She could have trotted out scammed Trump University students and wounded investors. But of…
  • Wife Rage

    Thu 12:48pm By Moira Donegan
    If you’ve ever dated someone more accomplished, more ambitious, or even just older than you, then you’ve likely experienced something that a friend of mine once called “getting wifed.” Getting wifed is what happens when you’re out at a party or a…
  • Don’t Privatize National Parks

    Thu 12:45pm By John Freemuth
    The centennial of the National Park Service is inspiring an impressive amount of soul-searching about the agency and the lands for which it is responsible. This is timely and appropriate, as the NPS faces serious challenges that affect the preservation of…
  • What We Learned Watching Summer Movies

    Thu 11:11am By Will Leitch
    Summer movie season is over. It’s finally had its fill of us, leaving our mangled bodies twitching on the side of the road as it drives off with a rubbery squeal. Here at Grierson & Leitch, we’re very much looking forward to fall and its crop of…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Alt-Right Dilemma

    Thu 8:20am By Jeet Heer
    Hillary Clinton has a troll problem. Her opponent is no ordinary politician but a troll king, who has energized an online army of covert mischief-makers. Clinton’s dilemma is how to respond. There are no bigger trolls in American public life than the…