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  • Why Do Climate Lawsuits Keep Losing in Court?

    Fri 1:58pm By Emily Atkin
    By extracting and selling vast amounts of fossil fuels, ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Shell, and ConocoPhillips contributed significantly to climate change—and profited immensely by doing so. Should they now be forced to pay for the damage?…
  • A Commander-in-Chief Who Cares Only About Himself

    Fri 12:51pm By Matt Ford
    It’s been a seismic week for American democracy, as the nation confronts the serious possibility that the president of the United States has been compromised by Russia—or at least is being “manipulated,” as Republican Congressman Will Hurd put it in a…
  • Google’s Chump Change

    Fri 9:59am By Alex Shephard
    Donald Trump may not know Margrethe Vestager’s name, but he knows he doesn’t like the European Union’s competition commissioner. At last month’s fractious G-7 meeting in Quebec, Trump told Vestager’s boss, EU Commissioner Jean-Claude Juncker, “Your…
  • The War on Soy Milk

    Fri 6:00am By Emily Atkin
    America has federal laws about milk that leave little room for interpretation: The product must be produced in sanitary environments to prevent milk-borne disease. It also must be packaged in hermetically sealed containers, to prevent leaks and spoilage. But…
  • The 2018 Midterms Are All About Health Care

    Fri 6:00am By Sarah Jones
    “Real change begins with immediately repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare,” Donald Trump said during one of his final campaign rallies of the 2016 race. “We’re going to repeal it. We’re going to have a really great plan that’s…
  • Women’s Media Is a Scam

    Thu 12:25pm By Josephine Livingstone
    This week Refinery29, a lifestyle website for women, came crashing into the public consciousness via an unpleasant installment of its “Money Diaries” column. In it, a 21-year-old HR intern making $25 per hour gives us a blow-by-blow account of her…
  • Can Facebook Bear the Weight of Conservative Media?

    Thu 10:51am By Alex Shephard
    A good rule of thumb in business, and in life generally, is that if you find yourself defending Holocaust deniers, you’ve probably taken a wrong turn somewhere. This week, Mark Zuckerberg found himself at the end of that particular cul de sac, while…
  • Closing the Wage Gap for Women

    Thu 6:01am By Bryce Covert
    One day in 2012, Aileen Rizo, a math consultant in the Fresno, California, education system, overheard a recently hired male colleague talking about his salary. Rizo was “floored,” she said, to learn that although she had the same job title as he did, was…
  • The Abandonment of Flint

    Thu 6:00am By Max Holleran
    About halfway through Michael Moore’s 1989 documentary Roger & Me, which chronicles the industrial decline of Flint, Michigan, the filmmaker encounters a house with a sign in front that reads: “rabbits or bunnies, pets or meat.” In the next scene, the…
  • A Moment of Truth for the Labor Movement

    Thu 6:00am By Sarah Jones
    Last year, Missouri became the latest state to pass a so-called right-to-work law, which prohibits unions from collecting mandatory fees from employees of unionized workplaces. Then-Governor Eric Greitens, a Republican, celebrated by holding multiple signing…
  • America Is Stuck With the Death Penalty for (at Least) a Generation

    Thu 6:00am By Matt Ford
    When the Supreme Court revived capital punishment in 1976, just four years after de facto abolishing it, the justices effectively took ownership of the American death penalty and all its outcomes. They have spent the decades since then setting its legal and…
  • OK, Abolish ICE. What Then?

    Wed 6:00am By Matt Ford
    A two-word rallying cry on the left against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies has grown into 2,700 words of federal legislation, as Democratic lawmakers last week introduced a bill that would abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement—the…
  • The White House P.R. ‘Nightmare’ That Never Came

    Tue 5:28pm By Emily Atkin
    On June 20, the Trump administration released a report some officials hoped would never see the light of day. The draft study from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry found that contaminated water across the country, especially on and near…
  • Trump Is Not Putin’s Puppet

    Tue 11:19am By Conor Lynch
    President Donald Trump’s seven-day swing through Europe last week, which concluded on Monday with his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, was clarifying. But not in the way many critics think. …
  • How Russians Saw the Helsinki Summit

    Tue 10:16am By Matthew Bodner
    At times, it looked like Russian President Vladimir Putin could hardly contain his excitement.…
  • The Troubling Failure of America’s Disaster Response

    Tue 6:00am By Emily Atkin
    The Federal Emergency Management Agency was already supporting 692 federally declared disasters when hurricane season started last year. Then came the most destructive disaster season in U.S. history, causing $265 billion in damage and forcing more than a…
  • The American Academic Mistaken for a Spy

    Tue 6:00am By Rachel Wetzler
    On the…
  • Is America Insane?

    Mon 4:20pm By Josephine Livingstone
    “It’s not rape if it’s your wife, am I right?” Erran Morad says. He laughs and extends his hand to Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America, who shakes it. Morad has a rhomboid jaw and walks like he has razorblades in his…
  • Making a Political Superstar—in Prison

    Mon 12:12pm By Rafia Zakaria
    Maryam Nawaz Sharif wore…
  • The Twilight of Free Speech Liberalism

    Mon 6:01am By Marin Cogan
    Last March, Anthony Romero, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, stepped onstage for a “resistance training” event with 2,000 volunteers packed into an arena at the University of Miami. It had been seven weeks since Donald Trump…
  • The Rising Politics of (Too Damn High) Rent

    Mon 6:00am By Sarah Jones
    Eight years ago, a New York resident and long-shot gubernatorial candidate named Jimmy McMillan became briefly, rightfully famous on the internet and the late-night talk-show circuit, and not just because of his immaculate facial hair. “The rent is too damn…
  • Truth Without Consequences

    Jul 13, 2018, 6:45 pm By Matt Ford
    It’s now clear that the Russian government will face no significant consequences for its unprecedented interference in the American political system in 2016, or at least none that will outweigh the tangible and intangible benefits it has reaped from its…
  • Is Twitter Good Now?

    Jul 13, 2018, 10:23 am By Alex Shephard
    At the beginning of March, twelve years after Twitter was founded and seventeen months after it helped swing a presidential election, the social network’s founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, told everyone he was sorry for pretty much everything. “We love…
  • Available in Helsinki: the Fate of Eastern Europe

    Jul 13, 2018, 6:00 am By Nina Jankowicz
    In 2016, I was living in in Kyiv, Ukraine. The day after the U.S. election, I was on my way to the store when I overheard an old woman chatting on the phone about Trump’s victory. “The U.S. has sold us out to the highest bidder,” she sighed. President…
  • Critics of Starbucks’ Straw Ban Are Missing the Point

    Jul 12, 2018, 1:59 pm By Emily Atkin
    Starbucks’ recent decision to phase out plastic straws by the year 2020 has come under fire from the disability community. Eliminating straws, they note, has the potential to hurt thousands of people with neurological, movement, and muscular disorders who…
  • Is It Fair for Trump to Bash NATO Over Military Spending?

    Jul 12, 2018, 11:26 am By Heather Souvaine Horn
    Taking the “come out swinging” approach to family reunions, President Donald Trump kicked off the NATO summit this week by accusing Germany of improper ties to Russia and berating European allies for insufficient defense spending. On Thursday, he…
  • Wet, Hot, Aristocratic Summer

    Jul 12, 2018, 6:01 am By Heather Souvaine Horn
    Royalist mania transcends traditional political divisions in the United States. Liberals, who decry entrenched privilege at home, seem strangely OK with a British aristocracy that conveys titles and estates through bloodlines. Fox News talking heads, who…
  • How the New Supreme Court Could Halt Climate Action

    Jul 12, 2018, 6:00 am By Emily Atkin
    President Donald Trump’s announcement on Monday that he’d nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy prompted rampant speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. There was less talk, however, about Massachusetts v.…
  • Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural

    Jul 12, 2018, 6:00 am By Josephine Livingstone
    This week Netflix premiered its first original series made in India, a cop thriller called Sacred Games. Adapted from the enormous 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games is a sophisticated move in Netflix’s quest to net every eyeball on earth. Netflix…
  • The Inevitable Death of Global Trade As We Know It

    Jul 12, 2018, 6:00 am By David Dayen
    You would be forgiven for not immediately noticing the economic impact of Trump’s burgeoning trade war with China. The stock market dipped on Wednesday, but it hasn’t nosedived. The monthly employment numbers announced last week were solid. More Americans…