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  • What Makes a Weed Website Racist?

    2h By Josephine Livingstone
    When I recently suggested to Derek Riedle, the founder of a new digital publication focused on “highbrow cannabis culture,” that his website may be racist, he was mortified. I had expected that Riedle would be a cynical man looking to turn a…
  • White Vans & Black Suburbans

    9:26am By Jordan G. Teicher
    Global conspiracies, secret dossiers, Russian hackers, terrorist…
  • This 35-Year-Old Mayor From Indiana Is Wowing National Democrats

    8:35am By Graham Vyse
    With their party now decimated at the national and state level, Democrats cling to one refuge for promoting progressive policies in the Trump era: Cities. They still control two-thirds of America’s biggest ones, and mayors nationwide are vowing to defy the…
  • The Left’s Divisions Will Be on Display at the Inauguration

    8:06am By Nicole Narea
    As Donald Trump readies to take the oath of office this week, liberal opposition groups are expected to turn out in record numbers—camping out in churches, hosting concerts and art shows, filling the streets of Washington, D.C., with cries of “Not my…
  • America’s Blue Wall of Terror

    6:36am By Michael Eric Dyson
    Some of you, my beloved white friends, seem genuinely surprised that most black folk fear the police. You are shocked that we think of them as a brutalizing force. You cringe when we say they are out to do everything but serve and protect us. You think we are…
  • Why David Brock Will Never Be as Successful as the Koch Brothers

    Wed 1:39pm By Alex Shephard
    There is a leadership void on the left. And David Brock has wasted no time since the election trying to fill it.A staunch ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton since his dubious conversion to liberalism in the early 2000s, Brock has spent the past few years running…
  • The Art of Revealing Your Salary

    Wed 11:22am By Charlotte Shane
    There is nothing I’m…
  • The Republican Roots and Grave Risks of Donald Trump’s Hostility to NATO

    Wed 9:03am By Jeet Heer
    President-elect Donald Trump has shocked America’s European allies yet again. In a joint interview with the Times of London and German publication Bild, he denigrated NATO as “obsolete” and added, “A lot of these countries aren’t paying what…
  • The Young Pope: An Authoritarian With an American Accent

    Wed 6:58am By Sarah Jones
    When we first meet Lenny Belardo, he’s crawling out from under a heap of babies into a candlelit St. Peter’s Square. It is a dream, of course, and it is meant to be unsettling. But it is also a clue, albeit a heavy-handed one, that Lenny is not like other…
  • What Is Our Obsession With Young Blood?

    Wed 6:00am By Josephine Livingstone
    1944 Recruitment Poster by K. M. Munnich.Wikimedia CommonsIn a classic 1940s poster, a mother pelican feeds her own blood to her four happy-looking offspring. They nest in a military helmet, against a backdrop of the Scottish flag. This poster aimed to recruit…
  • Obamacare Just Had a Very Good Week. That Doesn’t Mean the Law Is Any Safer.

    Wed 6:00am By Brian Beutler
    Supporters of the Affordable Care Act have been emboldened recently by several developments that suggest repealing the health care law could inspire a tremendous backlash and spook Republicans in Washington, who are badly at odds with one another, into full…
  • Betsy DeVos Got Schooled in Her Confirmation Hearing

    Tue 10:37pm By Graham Vyse
    Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, just failed her first test. At her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday night, the billionaire conservative philanthropist and “school choice” advocate appeared unprepared to…
  • Betsy DeVos Is Not a Mainstream School Reformer

    Tue 8:26am By Graham Vyse
    Ahead of Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing Tuesday to be President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of education, multiple media outlets offered helpful explainers on the “loaded lingo” and specialty terms in debates about America’s schools. The…
  • The Impossible Price of Going to College

    Tue 8:00am By David Sarasohn
    The largest college alumni group in the country consists of people who have student debt and no degree. There have always, of course, been more students entering college than graduating, entrants who found freedom or beer or Math 101 too challenging to…
  • A Plea to President Obama: Pardon Edward Snowden

    Tue 6:00am By Brian Beutler
    The constitutional pardon power is best known for its association with historic events like Watergate, which is why it is generally discussed in terms of the worthiness of its beneficiaries, rather than the god-like authority it vests in the president alone.…
  • What Shaped Martin Luther King Jr.’s Prophetic Vision?

    Mon 12:19pm By Kenyatta R. Gilbert
    The name Martin Luther King Jr. is iconic in the United States. The outgoing 44th president, Barack Obama, spoke of King in both his Democratic National Convention nomination acceptance and victory speeches in 2008: “[King] brought Americans from every…
  • Hidden Figures and the Ambitious Working Mother

    Mon 7:00am By Stacia L. Brown
    An early scene in Hidden Figures shows an exhausted Katherine Goble (Taraji Henson) returning to her well-appointed suburban house, hours after sundown. Her NASA colleagues and friends Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) have…
  • No, Trump’s America Won’t Be The Hunger Games

    Mon 6:00am By Graham Vyse
    Earlier this month, in a final sketch as President Barack Obama’s ever-exasperated “anger translator” on The Daily Show, comedian Keegan-Michael Key compared the dawn of Donald Trump’s presidency to a certain popular book-cum-movie franchise.“Don’t…
  • Trump’s Team Is Shaping Up to Be Dangerously Incoherent

    Mon 6:00am By Jeet Heer
    Liberals, and even many conservatives, are finding some relief in the hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, as nominee after nominee repudiates his most extreme and heterodox positions. The New York Times last week unexpectedly endorsed…
  • At Scott Pruitt’s Confirmation Hearing, Science Will Be on Trial

    Mon 6:00am By Abby Rabinowitz
    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt may be a climate change denier, but that alone won’t derail his nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. So when confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial pick begin on…
  • Is the Trump-Russia Scandal the New Benghazi?

    Fri 10:43am By Alex Shephard
    Donald Trump’s friendliness with Russia—and his refusal to condemn its interference in the 2016 election in unequivocal terms—has become the single most important issue of the transition period. Earlier this week, CNN and BuzzFeed published explosive…
  • Who’s the Illegitimate President Now, Mr. Birtherism?

    Fri 7:51am By Brian Beutler
    It is ironic that Donald Trump owes his success in Republican politics, and thus ultimately his presidency, to birtherism given the extent to which he failed to bring birtherism mainstream. He assumed leadership of the birther movement in March 2011 when he…
  • Barack Obama, Forever a Third-Culture Kid

    Fri 6:00am By Ryu Spaeth
    When I first read Dreams From My Father, I had the uncanny feeling that I myself was the subject of the book. As Barack Obama recounted the joys of his boyhood in Indonesia—running around with the children of servants, “battling swift kites with…
  • Primary Concerns Episode 40: Donald Trump’s Impunity Presidency

    Jan 12, 2017, 7:40 pm By Primary Concerns
    The week of January 9th has offered us the clearest look yet at what U.S. political life will be like in the early days of the Trump era. Where Barack Obama’s mantra has been “no drama,” Trump courts it relentlessly. On Tuesday, Obama gave a farewell…
  • Why Donald Trump Wants You to Ignore Russia and Worry About China

    Jan 12, 2017, 10:22 am By Jeet Heer
    At Wednesday’s press conference at Trump Tower in New York, his first since winning the election, Donald Trump was grilled by reporters about allegations that Russia meddled in the election to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. The president-elect’s…
  • Can Kamala Harris Live Up to the Hype?

    Jan 12, 2017, 7:30 am By Graham Vyse
    By the time Kamala Harris spoke to her supporters on election night two months ago in Los Angeles, things already looked bleak. She’d won her bid for the U.S. Senate, capturing the California seat soon to be vacated by retiring Senator Barbara Boxer, but the…
  • Trump Is Exactly the Monster We Feared, and Republicans Are Enabling Him

    Jan 12, 2017, 7:30 am By Brian Beutler
    The nominal purpose of President-elect Donald Trump’s press conference on Wednesday, 168 days in the making, was to announce the disentanglement of his business interests from the public interest. By Tuesday evening—thanks to CNN’s careful but explosive…
  • Why I Will Miss Obama-as-Dad Most of All

    Jan 12, 2017, 6:00 am By Rumaan Alam
    In July of 2008, Access Hollywood’s Maria Menounos secured an interview with the Obama family during a campaign stop in Montana. It was a coup, this sit-down with the whole gang. Sasha (then seven) and Malia (whose tenth birthday was that day) had been…
  • Sherlock’s New World Order

    Jan 12, 2017, 6:00 am By Josephine Livingstone
    In April of 2015, a life-size chocolate sculpture of Benedict Cumberbatch graced the halls of London’s Westfield Stratford City shopping center. The artwork took 250 hours to complete and weighed 88 pounds. In the U.K. we have a saying about futile projects:…
  • Grierson & Leitch Episode 50: The Big Mailbag Show

    Jan 11, 2017, 10:09 am By Tim Grierson
    It’s our first show of 2017 and our very special 50th episode, in which we answer a ton of questions from you, our lovely, wonderful listeners, because there are no interesting new movies being released (sorry, Monster Trucks), and because it’s not time…