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  • The Disney Deal Is a Disaster for Superhero Movies

    Fri 3:11pm By Jeet Heer
    In theory, superhero fans should be delighted by Thursday’s news that Disney, in one one of the biggest corporate deals in history, is acquiring most of 21st Century Fox for around $52 billion. One of the major creative consequences the move is that it will…
  • The Danger of Reading Too Much Into Alabama’s Special Election

    Fri 12:11pm By Elizabeth Drew
    Two things that the political press excels at are intensive…
  • “I’m Not Shocked. It’s Been Going on Forever.”

    Fri 11:10am By Josephine Livingstone
    “I think any man, if someone comes in the room—gay or straight—their first thought is ‘would I fuck them?’” Glenn Close had been talking about murder mysteries for a while before she delivered this dose of gender essentialism. She told me a nice…
  • The EPA Is Using Taxpayer Dollars to Track the Press

    Fri 9:50am By Rebecca Leber
    Using taxpayer dollars, the Environmental Protection Agency has hired a cutting-edge Republican PR firm that specializes in digging up opposition research to help Administrator Scott Pruitt’s office track and shape press coverage of the agency.According to…
  • Trump Is the Wrong Target for Climate Activists

    Fri 9:38am By Emily Atkin
    Patagonia, the outdoor sportswear company, made a bold business decision last week: They threatened to sue Donald Trump. “The President Stole Your Land,” the company declared on its website, an angry rebuke of Trump’s decision to shrink two national…
  • FIFA’s Dirty Wars

    Fri 7:20am By Steven Cohen
    Toward the end of the 2010 World Cup, Julio Grondona made a prediction, or perhaps it was a promise, to a group of journalists in the gilded lobby of Johannesburg’s Michelangelo hotel, the five-star Italian-marble palace where FIFA, soccer’s international…
  • Cruel Intentions

    Fri 6:01am By Christian Lorentzen
    Illustration by Mario WagnerThe Austrian director Michael Haneke has been called a cynic, a nihilist, and a fraud. He’s called himself a “realist.” The question is whether the bleakness of his films represents a recognizable reality or whether his dark…
  • Who Loses in the War Against Net Neutrality?

    Fri 6:00am By Sarah Jones
    Ajit Pai thinks net neutrality held us all back. It stifled innovation, he said. It deprived consumers of choices, starved rural communities of broadband, and even threatened the survival of the internet itself. Pai, who lobbied for Verizon before Barack Obama…
  • Enlightened Dared Women to Speak Out

    Fri 6:00am By Rachel Syme
    When I saw the words “The Silence Breakers” splashed across TIME’s Person of the Year issue last week, a GIF began playing on a loop in my head. It was pulled from a scene of television from 2013, one that often flickers in the back of my mind. I saw…
  • Democrats Can’t Rely on a Trump Backlash

    Thu 11:00am By Jeet Heer
    Throughout the last presidential campaign, no Republican hated Donald Trump more than Lindsey Graham did—or so The Washington Post declared, with the evidence to back it up. The South Carolina senator frequently warned of the dangers of nominating Trump,…
  • Rocket Men

    Thu 6:01am By Jon Wolfsthal
    Even after the Cold War, when the Soviet Union collapsed and the threat of nuclear destruction receded, the world’s nuclear states continued to follow the diplomatic and behavioral norms of that era. Years of inflammatory statements by North Korea and…
  • The Muddle of the Middle

    Thu 6:00am By Samuel Earle
    They say that there are decades where nothing happens; and weeks where decades happen; but sometimes there are 18 months where so much and so little happens that it is hard to tell whether events are static or in constant flux. This is the strange impasse at…
  • The Post Plays on Nostalgia for Nixon-Era Journalism

    Thu 6:00am By Christian Lorentzen
    The Post—Steven Spielberg’s movie about the Washington Post during the publication of the Pentagon Papers—is, like many of his movies, a David-and-Goliath story. The theme of a little guy taking on a mighty power—inevitably heartwarming and a bit…
  • What Roy Moore Did to the Pro-Life Movement

    Wed 3:22pm By Sarah Jones
    “Doug Jones wants abortion to be allowed until the moment before birth,” one ad blared. “A vote for Doug Jones is a vote for more black abortions, no school choice, and higher taxes for job creators,” said another. The ads described a candidate who…
  • Backlash

    Wed 9:26am By Elizabeth Drew
    “You know who’s going to get hurt by this?” a member of Congress asked me recently, referring to the about-time uprising of women against predatory men. “Women.” He explained that male members of Congress are now going to be reluctant to hire a woman…
  • The Art of Escaping Censorship

    Wed 8:59am By Jessica Loudis
    In 1985, Donald Shanor, a professor at the Columbia School…
  • Donald Trump Is Losing His Only Superpower

    Wed 8:09am By Jeet Heer
    Once it became clear that Doug Jones had won an upset victory over Roy Moore in the Alabama senate race on Tuesday, the immediate question was: How would the president take the news? Donald Trump, after all, was deeply invested in the race to replace former…
  • Guilt Trip

    Wed 6:01am By Rachel Syme
    We are living in a golden age of rubbernecking entertainment. Even as audiences fracture according to hyperspecific tastes, it is not unusual for millions of people across the country to be puzzling out the same murder at once, dissecting clues from the real…
  • The Most Overlooked Environmental Crisis of 2017

    Wed 6:00am By Emily Atkin
    Off the coast of Louisiana, in an 8,000-square-mile swath of ocean, the marine life is suffocating to death. Nutrient pollution, flowing from the Mississippi River into the Gulf of Mexico, is birthing huge clumps of algae that are sucking oxygen from the…
  • The Cost of Supporting Roy Moore and Donald Trump

    Wed 12:04am By Alex Shephard
    Doug Jones, a Democrat, should not have won a Senate seat in Alabama. Sure, there were polls in the run-up to Tuesday’s special election showing Jones with a ten-point lead, after allegations surfaced that his Republican opponent, the disgraced former judge…
  • The Political Limits and Possibilities of #MeToo

    Tue 4:41pm By Jeet Heer
    President Donald Trump is finally in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement. Four women who have accused him of sexual misconduct repeated their allegations on Monday—that Trump ogled, groped, and kissed women without their consent. In response, New York…
  • “Cat Person” and the New Universe of Literary Criticism

    Tue 10:27am By Josephine Livingstone
    An explosion of online literary criticism is settling down into an interesting heap of debris. Over the last few days our feeds—I say “our,” since together we form the kind of collaborative group that Stanley Fish would call an “interpretive…
  • The Luther Legend

    Tue 6:01am By Marilynne Robinson
    Martin Luther shattered Christendom and transformed the West, making the modern world possible and inevitable. This is the consensus among historians, whether they see this sixteenth-century monk as an epochal hero, bringer of enlightenment and tolerance, or…
  • Is the Republican Tax Plan Intentionally Sloppy?

    Tue 6:00am By David Dayen
    The Republican tax bill being negotiated this week is like a Sudoku puzzle: daunting to novices, but in the hands of an experienced master, a simple case of plugging in numbers. The opportunities for gaming the new rules will make tax lawyers unspeakably rich…
  • Roy Moore Will Haunt Republicans for Years

    Tue 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    Campaigning with Steve Bannon in Fairhope, Alabama, a week ago, Roy Moore struck a messianic note. “We’ve got to go back to God, we’ve got to go back to restore the morality of this country,” said the Republican candidate, who is running in a special…
  • What Liberals Can Learn From Conservatism

    Mon 7:24am By Jonathan Zimmerman
    According to my dictionary, a conservative is “a person who is averse to change and holds to traditional values and attitudes.” A radical, by contrast, is someone who advocates “thorough or complete change” and “departure from tradition.”Which term…
  • The Brutal Origins of Gun Rights

    Mon 7:00am By Patrick Blanchfield
    We will never know for certain who was the first person shot dead in the Americas. Visitors to Historic Jamestowne in Virginia can see the skeleton of a young man, no older than 19; the pellets of lead that killed him are embedded in a shattered knee. Known…
  • Paper Tiger

    Mon 6:01am By Alex Shephard
    Here is a very short history of Donald Trump’s long-standing war on the press: He has called reporters “dishonest,” “crooked,” “lying,” “scum,” “disgusting,” “crazy,” and “bad.” He has blacklisted news organizations and thrown…
  • Jenny Diski’s Magic Mirror

    Mon 6:00am By Josephine Livingstone
     The Vanishing Princess is…
  • The Year in Class War

    Dec 8, 2017, 2:15 pm By Sarah Jones
    Everything’s coming up Dollar General. “The economy is continuing to create more of our core customer,” its CEO, Todd Vasos, recently informed The Wall Street Journal. “We are putting stores today [in areas] that perhaps five years ago were just on the…