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  • Britain’s Long, Tortured Relationship With Europe

    Fri 3:18pm By Jeet Heer
    If Great Britain leaves the European Union, it will be the end of a particularly tormented relationship, one bedeviled by passive-aggressive hostility. Britain has never really loved the EU. As the European Union was forming in the 1950s, Britain looked on…
  • Independence Day: You Can’t Phone Home Again

    Fri 3:05pm By Tim Grierson
    For a movie about aliens attacking…
  • The Trouble with Movies: II

    Fri 1:03pm By Manny Farber
    Much that is wrong with the movies can be blamed on what I call the terrain—the cashier in her glass house, the difficulty of reaching one’s seat, the location of the men’s room, the poor quality of the candy—if something isn’t done about removing…
  • Brexit Is Bad News for the Environment

    Fri 12:14pm By Damian Carrington
    Despite being an issue that knows no borders, affects all and is of vital interest to future generations, the environment was low on the agenda ahead of the UK’s historic vote to leave the European Union.The short answer to what happens next with pollution,…
  • Can the Democrats Go Beyond Scoring Cheap Political Points?

    Fri 11:47am By Clio Chang
    Every child knows that rule number one in fighting the dark side is to not succumb to the dark side. This week, it seems, Democrats and liberals have forgotten this lesson. In attempting to one-up their Republican rivals, they have employed two tropes usually…
  • The Trouble with the Movies

    Fri 11:37am By Manny Farber
    The trouble with the movies is that they so seldom get below the surface of a story and its characters, that their whole is rarely as good as the parts, and the characters of their players—Gary Cooper or Margaret Sullavan, for instance—are usually more…
  • How Brexit Will Hit America

    Fri 8:33am By Terrence Guay
    The UK has voted to leave the European Union, 51.9 to 48.1 percent Prime Minister David Cameron announced early Friday that he will step down in three months time.Unwinding the union will be a messy process that will take months, if not years, and have broad…
  • Fifty Shades of Moby-Dick

    Fri 8:00am By William Giraldi
    Think of Herman Melville and you don’t think…
  • The Tragic Beauty of Abandoned Eritrea

    Fri 7:30am By Mikaela Lefrak
    The espresso machine at Bar Vittoria stood idle. No steaming milk, no crunch of coffee beans. A handful of customers sat at the counter, chatting with the barista, Saba. For a few hours that day, she had nothing to do but listen to their stories. This was…
  • When Democrats Sat In, Republicans Took Them Hostage

    Fri 7:00am By David Dayen
    By now you’ve no doubt watched some footage of Representative John Lewis, the civil-rights legend, causing trouble once again on Wednesday by sitting down on the floor of the House and refusing to move without action on gun safety legislation. You’ve…
  • Would You Give $25 to This Man?

    Fri 7:00am By Laura Reston
    News that Donald Trump had raised a paltry $3 million since he became the presumptive Republican nominee in early May—and now has less money in his campaign bank than Ben Carson—has had Democrats rejoicing over the past few days. Their excitement was only…
  • The Democrats Are No Longer Gun Shy

    Fri 6:00am By Jeet Heer
    It’s easy to dismiss the sit-in launched by House Democrats this week as nothing more than political theater. After all, the two gun control measures they are pushing have no chance of passage, and one of them—relying on the flawed terrorist watchlist to…
  • How Anthony Kennedy Came Around on Affirmative Action

    Thu 3:36pm By Scott Lemieux
    The University of Texas faced a tough uphill climb in defending its affirmative action program before the Supreme Court. The death of Antonin Scalia, a staunch foe of affirmative action, didn’t necessarily figure to make a difference in Fisher v. University…
  • Himalayan

    Thu 2:29pm By Carol Frost
    Call for stars and atoms, abyss and rime.Call avalanche to cover up the climbers left behind.Let no one any longer see how cold they are.Sweep off empty canisters and Mallory’s torso,preserve no more misgivings. Bear these heights alone.Mind sundown…
  • Trump’s Energy Plan Doesn’t Put “America First”

    Thu 11:14am By Robert Kopp
    Last December in Paris, the nations of the world agreed to an ambitious goal for greenhouse gas emissions: to bring net emissions to zero in the second half of this century. Their objective: to limit global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius (2.7 to 3.6…
  • Requiem for a Border Wall

    Thu 8:30am By Mikaela Lefrak
    The nearly 2,000-mile border between the United States and Mexico is as unpredictable as the relationship between the two countries it divides. High walls in the desert funnel would-be migrants to Border Patrol outposts, while militarized barriers splice…
  • What’s The Matter With Poetry?

    Thu 8:00am By Ken Chen
    Luigi Cherubini And The Muse Of Lyric Poetry, by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, 1842.Musée du LouvreOnce, in my youth, I took a graduate…
  • Stop Giving Digital Assistants Female Voices

    Thu 7:00am By Jessica Nordell
    When the makers of Apple’s Siri unveiled Viv at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC last month, the crowd—and press—swooned. Pitched as “the intelligent interface for everything,” Viv is a personal digital assistant armed with a nearly transcendent level of…
  • Primary Concerns Episode 18: Trump Steaks and Veepstakes

    Thu 6:30am By Primary Concerns
    To call Donald Trump’s campaign a dumpster fire would be an insult to dumpster fires. This week, he fired his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, less than a month before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. So, why’d he do it? To shift…
  • Donald Trump Is Too Chaotic to Attack Hillary Clinton Effectively

    Thu 6:00am By Brian Beutler
    The defining quality of Donald Trump’s bill of particulars against Hillary Clinton, laid out in a bullet-pointed speech Wednesday morning, is that much of it was fabricated or embellished. “A lot of what [Trump] just said is flatly not true,” noted NBC…
  • Becoming American in the Age of Trump

    Thu 6:00am By Sarah Aziza
    On a ramshackle industrial block in southern Brooklyn, an Arabic call to prayer can be heard over the humming traffic of the nearby Belt Parkway. The sound rises from Bay Ridge’s Beit Al-Maqdis mosque, a white-and-green building whose stubby minaret barely…
  • You Can’t Polish a Trump

    Wed 4:04pm By Jeet Heer
    With his long-touted anti-Clinton speech on Wednesday morning, Donald Trump came closer than ever to becoming the polished and restrained candidate that the Republican elite have been longing for. What the world saw was, if not a new Trump, at least a more…
  • Swiss Army Man: No Girls Allowed

    Wed 11:24am By Tim Grierson
    Underneath its nervy premise, off-kilter jokes, and bold stylistic flourishes, Swiss Army Man is a movie about being scared. A comedy featuring a shipwreck survivor and the corpse he befriends, this defiantly loopy indie is worth saluting for the risks it…
  • How the Sandy Hook Lawsuit Could Hold Gun Makers Liable for Mass Shootings

    Wed 11:12am By Timothy D. Lytton
    Last year families of the Sandy Hook shooting filed a potentially precedent-setting lawsuit. They sued the manufacturer of the AR-15 rifle that Adam Lanza used to gun down 20 schoolchildren and their teachers in a small town in Connecticut in 2012.On June 20,…
  • I Told the Truth About a Donald Trump Rally. Then the Trolls Threatened My Life.

    Wed 10:48am By Jared Yates Sexton
    As a college professor, I teach creative writing to some 50 students a semester at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, a town of 30,000 about an hour north of Savannah. Outside of class, most of my time is spent either chasing tenure or working on my…
  • Donald Trump’s Holy Wars on Clinton and Islam

    Wed 9:28am By Jeet Heer
    Donald Trump is the most profane major-party candidate ever to run for president, but his short-term political salvation still lies with the religious right. Even after winning enough delegates in the primaries to become the presumptive Republican nominee, the…
  • Would a Brexit Really Be So Crazy?

    Wed 7:00am By Noah Millman
    Britain is a world by itself; and we will nothing pay for wearing our own noses. —Cymbeline, Act III Scene 1On Thursday, if British voters decide to exit the European Union, it is likely that sentiments such as the foregoing will have proven decisive. The…
  • The Media Created Trump—and Will Destroy Him, Too

    Wed 7:00am By Alex Shephard
    June should have been Donald Trump’s month. Although Bernie Sanders has backed off his attacks on Hillary Clinton, she’s technically still fighting a two-front war. A well-prepared presumptive Republican nominee would have used this opportunity to pivot,…
  • The Superdelegate Solution

    Wed 7:00am By David Dayen
    If anything confirms to Bernie Sanders supporters that the presidential nominating system is rigged, it’s the existence of superdelegates. These 712 Democratic Party insiders control about 15 percent of total delegates, meaning they could easily determine a…
  • Reboot the World

    Wed 6:36am By Paul Ford
    “Some buddies of mine need your help with a database,” my friend said.“I’m good at databases,” I replied. “And I like to help.”So I found myself in a large conference room with two nervous men who wanted to know exactly how exposed they were by…