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  • Pulling the Strings

    Fri 4:51pm By Fred Barnes
    The suprise of Vice President George Bush’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is not his campaign but Bush himself. Everyone knew that Bush operatives, especially political director Richard Bond, would have states such as Iowa, Michigan,…
  • The Myth Of Political Consultants

    Fri 4:50pm By Fred Barnes
    Political consultants have sex in the shower with their buxom assistants. They fly around the country in plush jets, which they own. They cleverly manipulate the political system. They strip candidate after candidate of their real personalities and viewpoints,…
  • On Transparent, A Family Unhappy In Its Own Way

    Fri 12:25pm By Esther Breger
    The first season of Transparent, released by Amazon in September 2014, wasted no time in announcing the tragicomedy’s knotty thematic terrain. Even before Mort Pffeferman (Jeffrey Tambor), a retired Jewish professor in L.A.’s moneyed Pacific Palisades,…
  • Right-Wing Reformers Aren’t the Only Threat to Public Universities

    Fri 12:12pm By Brendan Cantwell
    A new documentary, Starving the Beast, recently examined the state of public higher education. Directed by Austin-based award-winning documentarian Steve Mims, the film argues that a network of right-wing think tanks, and educational reformers are undermining…
  • The California Ballot Is an Epic Joke

    Fri 9:27am By David Dayen
    All of my neighbors and I are about to get a free book in the mail. It contains lurid passages about sex and drugs and guns and death, though it lacks characters or a plot. And we’re all going to be quizzed on it in 45 days.I’m talking about the California…
  • A Millennial Sits Down to Watch Survivor

    Fri 9:03am By Clio Chang
    Since 1991, give or take a few coddled years, the millennial has been a fearsome thing to behold. She is somehow simultaneously “selfish” and a lover of the “sharing economy;” she has little understanding of how the political system works, and yet is…
  • The Invisible Woman

    Fri 8:49am By Jeet Heer
    When Hillary Clinton engages with comedians, as she did last Friday on Jimmy Fallon and Thursday with Zach Galifianakis, she plays the straight woman: the low-key, earnest, unflashy foil who lets the other guy make all the blatant jokes and reserves for…
  • Trump’s White Supremacy Platform Comes into Focus

    Fri 8:00am By Brian Beutler
    Those of us soul-searching for reasons Donald Trump has been able to erase Hillary Clinton’s formidable mid-summer lead have homed in on several plausible explanations, from media failures to Clinton’s health scare. What has largely escaped serious…
  • How ADHD Was Sold

    Fri 8:00am By Adam Gaffney
    Rita was the wife of a chemist at the Swiss drug company…
  • The Things We Have to Fear

    Fri 8:00am By The New Republic
    When Mike Belleme began traveling through the South to…
  • Confessions of a Ross Perot Voter

    Fri 6:00am By Bill Scher
    An idealistic liberal college student—aggrieved by money in politics, disgusted by the mainstream candidates’ empty pandering, desperate for real change—is preparing to cast his first vote for president. Despite always expecting to vote for a Democrat,…
  • Land of the Free Trade

    Fri 6:00am By Allen Best
    YUMA, Colorado — White-washed grain elevators are the tallest buildings in this town of 3,500 people located about 150 miles northeast of Denver. Corn is the major commodity, most of it grown with water from the shrinking Ogallala Aquifer and spread in…
  • The Magnificent Seven: How the West Was No Fun

    Thu 4:05pm By Will Leitch
    It’s probably time to start recalibrating our expectations for reboots, remakes, or whatever terminology you prefer. We mistakenly assume that filmmakers will find a new twist on the material, that they have a reason for spending millions of dollars and…
  • The Feds Can Read Your Email, and You’d Never Know

    Thu 11:27am By Clark D. Cunningham
    Fear of hackers reading private emails in cloud-based systems like Microsoft Outlook, Gmail or Yahoo has recently sent regular people and public officials scrambling to delete entire accounts full of messages dating back years. What we don’t expect is our…
  • Fox’s Pitch Is Not Pure Fiction

    Thu 8:00am By Stacia L. Brown
    In the opening scenes of Fox’s new high-concept sports drama, Pitch, commentators repeatedly compare Ginny Baker, a young, black pitching phenom played by Kylie Bunbury, to Jackie Robinson. She’s the first woman to join a Major League Baseball team, and…
  • On a Dirt Road Outside Oaxaca

    Thu 8:00am By Javier Zamora
    The Mexican never said how long.¿How long? Not long. ¿How much?Not much. Never told us we’d hide in vans like matchsticks.In our town, we’d never known Mexicansbesides the women and men in soap-operas,so in our heads, we played the fence,the San Ysidro…
  • The Camus Investigation

    Thu 7:00am By Ryu Spaeth
    Since his death in a car accident on January 4, 1960, Albert Camus has led a kind of double-afterlife. In the West, he is not only remembered as one of the great writers of the post-war era, but as a hero of the resistance, a celebrity intellectual, and a…
  • Third-Party Candidates Don’t Have to Be Spoilers

    Thu 6:00am By Scott Lemieux
    Donald Trump has between a 25 percent and 44 percent chance of becoming president—I’ll pause while you fix yourself a stiff drink—although…
  • The CIA Road Show

    Thu 6:00am By Jacob Silverman
    “The American people have the right to know the types of activities that their federal government performs on their behalf,” CIA Director John Brennan said on Tuesday at the Ethos and Practice of Intelligence Conference. It was the third annual installment…
  • Recalculating the Climate Math

    Thu 6:00am By Bill McKibben
    Illustration by Neil WebbThe future of humanity depends on math. And the numbers in a new study released Thursday are the most ominous yet.Those numbers spell out, in simple arithmetic, how much of the fossil fuel in the world’s existing coal mines and oil…
  • Primary Concerns Episode 29: Jamelle Bouie on How the White Media Minimizes Racism

    Thu 6:00am By Primary Concerns
    Donald Trump built his political base on a foundation of racial agitation, from birtherism to labeling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” to proposing a ban on Muslim travel and immigration to the U.S.So it is fitting in a way that the most closely fought…
  • Why Donald Trump’s Scams Won’t Stick

    Wed 2:46pm By Jeet Heer
    In February, Marco Rubio, desperately trying to give a jolt to his dying campaign, called Donald Trump “a con artist.” Such harsh words are common in the heat of campaigns, but what is remarkable is that Rubio now endorses Trump for president while still…
  • Only in America

    Wed 11:22am By Jason Zengerle
    For most people, one Don King is more than enough. But for the 100 or so Republican donors who have gathered for lunch at Madame Tussauds wax museum in Times Square on the penultimate day of the GOP convention, there evidently is no such thing as too much Don…
  • The Life and Loves of a Young Obama

    Wed 10:29am By Brandon Harris
    Until recently, it was rare anyone had the gumption to make a fictional film about a sitting president. Primary Colors, the adaptation of Joe Klein’s 1996 book about Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign, was lucky enough to arrive just in time for…
  • Liberals Have Failed to Teach Millennials About the Horror of George W. Bush

    Wed 8:20am By Brian Beutler
    Having definitively established that Baby Boomers are the worst generation of all, most responsible by far for the fact that Donald Trump currently has a 43.7 percent chance of becoming president, let’s turn to the question of what role millennials are…
  • Destination Boise

    Wed 8:00am By The New Republic
    Idaho, a landlocked state with dreary winters and an overwhelmingly white population, might seem an unlikely destination for refugees from Africa and the Middle East. Yet every year, nearly 1,000 asylum seekers settle in Idaho, which accepts one of the largest…
  • Outside Baseball

    Wed 7:00am By Joyce Millman
    In Pitch, Fox’s new…
  • The Obama Administration Must Prosecute Wells Fargo

    Wed 6:00am By David Dayen
    Yesterday’s Senate Banking Committee hearing on Wells Fargo should have ended with CEO John Stumpf hauled off in handcuffs. In a little over two hours, Stumpf revealed enough information, combined with what was already known in public records and filings, to…
  • For Sick Palestinians, An Unexpected Lifeline

    Tue 2:22pm By Shaul Adar
    At 6:30 a.m., the Eyal border crossing is a picture of human misery. The official name is “border crossing”, but nobody uses this term. Israelis and Palestinians alike say “Makhsom”—meaning barrier or roadblock—which reveals the psyche of movement…
  • Grierson & Leitch Episode 34: Snowden, Blair Witch, and Bullitt

    Tue 10:31am By Will Leitch
    Oliver Stone has a movie about nefarious deeds from the American government and, hey, look, a found footage horror film about the Blair Witch! It’s a very ‘90s episode of the Grierson & Leitch podcast as our critics discuss the two big releases of the…