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  • Trumpcare Will Kill People. Why Is That So Hard to Accept?

    Tue 12:44pm By Clio Chang
    When lawmakers and pundits debate policy, they are invariably talking about people’s lives. Every policy enacted by the federal government has an impact, large and small, for better or worse, on citizens and their quality of life, and entails some cost.…
  • The Right’s War Against Liberal Democracy

    Tue 9:52am By Alex Shephard
    James McGill Buchanan, the political economist who died in 2013, had a hand in some of the most important ideological developments in the American right in the 20th century. From the 1950s to the late 1990s, when a spat with the influential billionaire Charles…
  • Nowhere Mag

    Tue 6:01am By Kyle Chayka
    An airplane is the perfect, and perhaps the only, place to actually read Monocle, the globe-trotting lifestyle magazine founded in 2007 by Tyler Brûlé, a Canadian editor and erstwhile war correspondent. Its logo, an “M” with a twisted loop inscribed in a…
  • Arundhati Roy Has Reinvented the Social Novel

    Tue 6:00am By Neha Sharma
    Lately, the novelist Arundhati Roy has been receiving death threats. Last month, the popular Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal took to Twitter to condemn her support of Kashmir’s bid for azadi (autonomy) from the Indian state. In his tweets, Rawal, who is also a…
  • Republicans Are Lying Their Way Toward a Health Care Catastrophe

    Tue 6:00am By Jeet Heer
    The Republican health care effort is, like the Democratic effort before it, largely about making significant changes to Medicaid, the nation’s largest insurer. Some 20 million Americans got coverage under the Affordable Care Act, three-quarters of them…
  • How the Right Stifles Speech With Threats and Violence

    Tue 6:00am By Aaron R. Hanlon
    Lisa Durden, an adjunct professor at New Jersey’s Essex County College, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s primetime Fox News show earlier this month to debate the merits of a blacks-only Memorial Day party held by a New York City chapter of Black Lives…
  • The Supreme Court’s Incredible Privileging of Religion

    Tue 6:00am By Stephanie Russell-Kraft
    When it comes to accommodating religious individuals or groups, the government has always been given a significant amount of discretion. For example, churches don’t pay many taxes, and they’re exempt from certain anti-discrimination laws when it comes to…
  • Mitch McConnell’s “Unconscionable” Health Care Bill

    Tue 12:29am By Primary Concerns
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is just a few votes away from passing legislation that would reduce health insurance coverage by 22 million people.Ironically, the impact would be most severe in his home state of Kentucky, where the Affordable Care Act…
  • One Meal A Day

    Mon 6:01am By Lisa Palmer
    Not so long ago, Lake Chad was one of the largest bodies of water in Africa. The thick reeds and vital wetlands around its basin provided vast freshwater reserves, breeding grounds for fish, fertile soil for agriculture, and grasslands where farmers grazed…
  • How the Supreme Court Screwed Obamacare

    Mon 6:00am By Scott Lemieux
    The health care legislation proposed by Senate Republicans is a moral abomination—one that leadership is trying to pass through undemocratic means. Some of the villains responsible for this are obvious, starting with Donald Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch…
  • The Democrats’ Last Best Chance to Rescue Obamacare

    Mon 6:00am By Brian Beutler
    It is infuriatingly easy to imagine Senate Republicans passing legislation that throws millions of people off of their health plans to finance a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans this week, just days after introducing it—without holding a single hearing…
  • Can Journalists Live Without Twitter?

    Mon 6:00am By Graham Vyse
    When I asked Alexandra Petri, The Washington Post’s humor columnist, to imagine a world without Twitter, she saw endless possibility. “I have no idea what I would do with that spare time. Probably rethink my life, finish my book proposal, and, uh, reaffirm…
  • The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy

    Sun 6:00am By Jeet Heer
    Ever since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, critics worried about his authoritarian tendencies. He’s done much to justify those fears. At his rallies, he whipped crowds into such a frenzy that protesters were beaten. As president,…
  • How Culture Became the Main Fault Line in American Politics

    Sat 6:01am By Alex Shephard
    Earlier this month, the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group’s Lee Drutman released a fascinating study that challenged many of the dominant assumptions about the 2016 election. Drutman’s data suggested that Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders voters were…
  • The Beguiled: Not Shy About Violence

    Fri 12:32pm By Christian Lorentzen
    Gore is a new element in the work of Sofia Coppola. There’s…
  • What Killed Gawker? Maybe It Was Capitalism.

    Fri 10:48am By Clio Chang
    Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press, a documentary about the death of Gawker premiering Friday on Netflix, opens with A.J. Daulerio, the former editor of the site, reading an email from his bank: “We placed a hold on your account.” Daulerio can’t help…
  • Is Donald Trump the Last Line of Defense for Obamacare?

    Fri 6:45am By Alex Shephard
    President Donald Trump’s position on repealing and replacing Obamacare has been all over the place. After the House narrowly passed the American Health Care Act in May, he and the chamber’s Republican leadership celebrated in the Rose Garden. Trump…
  • The Making of an Antislavery President

    Fri 6:00am By Eric Herschthal
    On…
  • Blood Drive Misses Out on Everything Good About Gore

    Fri 6:00am By Sarah Marshall
    To call Blood Drive a…
  • There’s a Health Care Lesson for Republicans in the Shooting of Steve Scalise

    Fri 6:00am By Brian Beutler
    It has been nine days since a gunman opened fire on Republican members of Congress during an early-morning baseball practice in Northern Virginia, nearly killing House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. Scalise was only struck once, far from his most vital organs,…
  • In Defense of Nancy Pelosi

    Thu 10:57am By Jeet Heer
    Jon Ossoff’s disappointing loss in Tuesday’s special election in Georgia has triggered rebellious feelings within the Democratic rank-and-file, as some call for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step aside. “I think you’d have to be an idiot to…
  • The Unrealized Visions of Frank Lloyd Wright

    Thu 9:32am By Josephine Livingstone
    How many buildings have been designed but never built? Countless cities, whole extra urban universes. Every time a sketch or a blueprint is scrunched up and thrown in the bin, it’s like a wrecking crew has razed it. But in the ghostworld of imaginary…
  • A Grief Observed

    Thu 6:01am By Mychal Denzel Smith
    Mamie Till-Mobley wrote her memoir, Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, in 2003, the same year she died of heart failure, and 47 years after the lynching of her son, Emmett Till. “When I am out and about,” she explained,…
  • The Old Problems of “New People”

    Thu 6:00am By Morgan Jerkins
    It is 1996 in Brooklyn. The crime rate is on the decline, artists are fleeing Manhattan and its staggering rents for neighborhoods such as DUMBO, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, immigrants are flocking to the borough, and you could still buy a brownstone for…
  • “I’m A Working Person. That’s My Life”: A Q&A with Paul Ryan Challenger Randy Bryce

    Thu 6:00am By Sarah Jones
    On June 18, Wisconsin ironworker Randy Bryce announced his campaign to unseat Speaker Paul Ryan with a campaign ad that instantly went viral. In it, he talks about his own battle with cancer and his mother’s needs as a patient with multiple sclerosis. He…
  • Do the Democrats Know How to Win Anymore?

    Thu 6:00am By Graham Vyse
    Rahm Emanuel has a battle plan for Democrats, and it looks mighty familiar. On Tuesday, just hours before two special congressional elections were called for Republican candidates, the mayor of Chicago and political operative Bruce Reed published a piece in…
  • How the Rhetoric of Responsibility Hurts the Welfare State

    Thu 6:00am By Clio Chang
    In 2014, when Paul Ryan was trumpeting his soon-to-be-released…
  • The Media Bias Toward “New” News Helped the GOP Hide Its Secret Health Care Plan

    Wed 8:00pm By Brian Beutler
    Until a modest breakthrough this week, supporters of the Affordable Care Act had spent the month of June desperately trying to make issue of the Senate Republicans’ secret plan to take health insurance away from millions of Americans.On May 31, I described…
  • Anti-Anti-Trumpism Is the Glue Holding Together the Republican Party

    Jun 21, 2017, 2:57 pm By Jeet Heer
    Karen Handel’s narrow victory over Jon Ossoff in last night’s special election in Georgia shows how Republicans can keep their coalition together despite President Donald Trump’s unpopularity. True, Trump was a drag on Handel, who won by four points in a…
  • How the Pill Made the American Economy Great

    Jun 21, 2017, 10:34 am By Bryce Covert
    While congressional Republicans are busy working on their secret health care bill, President Donald Trump is already undoing pieces of Obamacare on his own. He pledged during the campaign that he would roll back a regulation issued as part of the Affordable…