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  • “We Are So Hated”: What It’s Like to Be a Ted Cruz Fan (and NeverTrumper) at CPAC

    Fri 3:40pm By Graham Vyse
    Margaret and Fiona Moodie have been coming to the Conservative Political Action Conference for a decade. It’s a family thing. Blonde and slender, this mother-daughter pair from Bowie, Maryland, is active in local Republican politics and once even ran for…
  • What Just Happened?! A Review of President Trump’s Fifth Week.

    Fri 1:00pm By Alex Shephard
    “Only what we have not accomplished and what we could not accomplish matters to us, so that what remains of a whole life is only what it will not have been,” wrote the dour Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran in Anathemas and Admirations, one of his later…
  • Get Out: Menace to Society

    Fri 11:58am By Will Leitch
    Of the many magic tricks that Get Out pulls off, the most impressive one is how it turns the smiling face of a friendly white person—who’s just here to help, who happily voted for Barack Obama twice—into a rictus grin as terrifying as a Michael Myers…
  • Will the Trump Era Finally Kill Paul Ryan’s Wonkish Cred?

    Fri 10:11am By Scott Lemieux
    Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, has long had a reputation as the…
  • Conservatives Are So Confused About the Alt-Right

    Fri 10:01am By Jeet Heer
    The annual Conservative Political Action Conference began in earnest Thursday with a baffling speech by Dan Schneider, executive director of the American Conservative Union, who denounced the alt-right as “a sinister organization that is trying to worm…
  • Trump’s Big Agenda

    Fri 6:01am By Kim Phillips-Fein
    On the campaign trail, Donald Trump famously portrayed himself as a populist. His campaign ads took aim at sinister elites governing the United States, and his ability to target the frustrations and fears of Rust Belt communities helped propel him into the…
  • Inside the Scientists’ Quiet Resistance to Trump

    Fri 6:00am By Emily Atkin
    Between her family and her day job, Rebecca Lave had a busy enough life before Donald Trump came along. But any remaining free time vanished after his election last year. Lave, an associate geography professor at the University of Indiana, still begins the day…
  • Don’t Compare the Trump Resistance to the Tea Party

    Fri 6:00am By Primary Concerns
    There’s a strong temptation in politics to compare mass protests in support of Obamacare to the tea party protests of 2009, which nearly derailed health care reform before it passed. Jesse Ferguson thinks the comparison is flawed. Jesse worked on Capitol…
  • The Republican Congress Is Courting a Major Crisis

    Thu 12:40pm By Brian Beutler
    This was supposed to be the week that liberals determined the fate of Obamacare. The President’s Day congressional recess left members of Congress vulnerable in their districts to protests and confrontations, reminiscent in some ways of the Tea Party town…
  • The Case for Tom Perez Makes No Sense

    Thu 11:35am By Clio Chang
    On Saturday, members of the Democratic National Committee will gather in Atlanta, Georgia, to choose their leader. With the party in shambles in statehouses across the country, and with Republicans firmly entrenched in the White House and Congress, the DNC…
  • The Art of Don’s Con

    Thu 6:01am By Clancy Martin
    When I was a teenager, I learned the jewelry business from the most gifted swindler I would ever know. This was in Dallas-Fort Worth in 1983, when Texas was drunk on the high price of oil. Precious metals had been booming; the Hunt Brothers were trying to…
  • How Trump’s Bullying of Mexico Could Backfire

    Thu 6:00am By Nathaniel Parish Flannery
    President Donald Trump, like his populist right-wing precursor Sarah…
  • Donald Trump Can Do a Lot With the “Deep State”

    Wed 3:29pm By Jeet Heer
    A hallmark of the Trump era is that fringe ideas are now at the forefront of American politics. Such has been the trajectory of the phrase “deep state,” which has its origins in Turkish politics (it described the entrenched secularist faction in the…
  • One Teachers Union Is Talking to Betsy DeVos. The Other One Isn’t. Which Is Right?

    Wed 12:37pm By Graham Vyse
    President Donald Trump and his advisers probably didn’t expect his choice for education secretary to cause much of a fuss. After all, Rick Perry was tapped to run the Department of Energy, which he once said he wanted to eliminate. Senator Jeff Sessions, who…
  • A Cure For Wellness Is the Horror Movie We Deserve

    Wed 11:38am By Josephine Livingstone
    Sigmund Freud hated bicycles. He also hated motorcycles, which is more intuitive since they are noisy and dangerous. But what is there to hate about bicycles? I thought a lot about Freud and the mysteries of the human subconscious while watching A Cure for…
  • How Political Reporters Enable Trump—and Hurt Themselves

    Wed 9:49am By Brian Beutler
    Last Sunday, on President Donald Trump’s third consecutive weekend visit to his private country club in Florida, the White House told reporters traveling with him that, among other activities, he’d played “a couple of holes” of golf. By Monday,…
  • The D.C. Think Tank Behind Donald Trump

    Wed 6:01am By Alex Shephard
    In early December, Mike Pence took the stage in the Presidential Ballroom at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. “We did it,” the incoming vice president told the cheering crowd. Donald Trump, he said, had secured a mandate. “It was a…
  • What the Culture Wars Did to Norma McCorvey

    Wed 6:00am By Moira Donegan
    Norma McCorvey never had an abortion. When she found herself…
  • Grierson & Leitch Episode 56: Oscar Predictions

    Tue 11:01am By Tim Grierson
    The Oscars are less than a week away, and if you want to win your office Oscar pool, we have you covered. We go through every category and predict winners, and then argue who SHOULD win. We don’t even require a commission.Then we dig into the Chinese…
  • The Grierson & Leitch 2017 Academy Awards Predictions

    Tue 11:00am By Tim Grierson
    On August 31, 2016, La…
  • The Dangers of Trump’s Never-Ending Campaign

    Tue 8:31am By Jeet Heer
    Before taking the stage at his Florida rally on Saturday, President Donald Trump was asked whether it wasn’t a mite early in his term to start campaigning again. “Life is a campaign,” he replied. “Making our country great again is a campaign. For me,…
  • The Eye of the Beholder

    Tue 6:01am By Merve Emre
    Just after April Fools’ Day in 1922, Hermann Rorschach, a psychologist who used a collection of symmetrical inkblots to treat patients with manic depression and schizophrenia, died of appendicitis in Herisau, Switzerland, at the age of 37. Had he lived, he…
  • James Comey Had Better Treat Donald Trump Just Like He Treated Hillary Clinton

    Tue 6:00am By Brian Beutler
    We have known for many weeks that the FBI is investigating both the Russian government’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 election and the possibility that members of Donald Trump’s campaign actively participated in those sabotage…
  • The Strange Feminist Politics of Fifty Shades Darker

    Tue 6:00am By Sarah Marshall
    It’s bizarrely difficult to watch Fifty Shades Darker without spending a lot of time thinking about Dakota Johnson’s mother, Melanie Griffith. The movie itself invites these comparisons, when it has Johnson’s character Anastasia Steele, the virginal…
  • The Madness of King Donald

    Mon 6:00am By Jacob Bacharach
    In the fourth chapter of the Book of Daniel, the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar recounts a dream of a “tree of great height in the midst of the earth.” The tree is so vast that it stretches all the way up to heaven. It is full of fruit.Beneath it the…
  • A Murdered Mexican Boy and the Abuse of American Power at the Border

    Mon 6:00am By David H. Gans
    On a summer day in 2010, 15-year-old Sergio Hernández Guereca was playing with three friends in a culvert of the Rio Grande that separates El Paso, Texas, and Juárez, Mexico. “The boys dared one another to run up a concrete incline and touch the barbed…
  • The Great Government Breakdown Has Begun

    Feb 17, 2017, 2:54 pm By Brian Beutler
    Donald Trump’s Thursday press conference was so meandering and deranged that it brought the basic ebb and flow of all politics to a halt, as power brokers across Washington, including Republicans on Capitol Hill, stopped what they were doing to watch along…
  • What Just Happened?! A Review of President Trump’s Fourth Week.

    Feb 17, 2017, 1:18 pm By Alex Shephard
    In A Short History of Decay, the book that cemented his reputation as one of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers, the dour Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran wrote, “I have tried to protect myself against men, to react against their madness to discern its…
  • Donald Trump Is the Bizarro Noam Chomsky

    Feb 17, 2017, 8:37 am By Jeet Heer
    In her famous 1984 speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, diplomat Jeane Kirkpatrick, at the time America’s ambassador to the United Nations, characterized the Democrats as the party with the tendency to “blame America first.” The…
  • Transphobia Redefined

    Feb 17, 2017, 6:45 am By Josephine Livingstone
    Natasha Vargas-Cooper, a journalist and labor organizer, has published an essay titled “Womanhood Redefined” in The American Conservative. The piece is a jeremiad against trans-inclusive feminism, combining condemnation of American university discourse…