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  • The Christianization of U.S. Foreign Policy

    Mon 10:55am By Kathryn Joyce
    Last Thursday, Donald Trump announced, via Twitter, a radical shift in foreign policy, saying it was time to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied territory of Golan Heights, seized from Syria in 1981. As international headlines quickly pointed…
  • Right Makes Might

    Mon 6:01am By Sarah Posner
    Since taking office, President Donald Trump has eagerly embraced foreign autocrats, portraying brutal dictators as allies to be courted and celebrated. He has backed Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite evidence that he ordered the…
  • How the Cold War Defined Scientific Freedom

    Mon 6:00am By Patrick Iber
    The conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union, says NSC-68, the planning document adopted by the Truman administration in 1950 and one of the foundational texts of the early Cold War, was between freedom and totalitarianism. The fundamental…
  • History Will Damn Donald Trump

    Sun 11:01pm By Matt Ford
    The Russia investigation is over. The story about Donald Trump’s relationship with Russia during the 2016 election is, in some ways, just beginning.Over the last two years, special counsel Robert Mueller laid out in countless court filings and 37 indictments…
  • Yes, Trump Obstructed Justice. And William Barr Is Helping Him Cover It Up.

    Sun 9:38pm By Marcy Wheeler
    In a letter to House and Senate leaders on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr revealed that he would not charge President Trump with obstruction of justice over his efforts to thwart the investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russia to swing…
  • Trump’s Golan Heights Tweet Is a Gift to the Far Right

    Fri 8:09am By Elizabeth Tsurkov
    With a few strokes on his keyboard on Thursday, President Trump undermined one of the fundamental norms of international law. “After 52 years,” he tweeted, “it is time for the United States to fully recognize Israel’s Sovereignty over the Golan…
  • How to End Endless War

    Fri 6:01am By Stephen Wertheim
    In 1992, Pentagon officials took stock of America’s fortunes. “Today, there is no global challenger to a peaceful democratic order,” observed the group, led by Under Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. The Soviet Union had fallen. America stood alone as…
  • Conservatives’ Disingenuous Attacks on Democratic Reforms

    Fri 6:00am By Matt Ford
    If their presidential candidates are any indication, Democrats may finally be getting serious about structural reforms to American democracy. Some proposals, such as packing the court with additional liberal judges, are premature and unpersuasive, as I argued…
  • The Growing Crisis of Guns on Campus

    Fri 6:00am By Matt Valentine
    Anthony Bouchard, who often sports a waxed handlebar mustache that recalls the outlaws of the Wild West, has a habit of showing up at public events where everyone is unarmed and explaining that they’re in danger. In 2011, as the executive director of the…
  • Joe Biden’s Half-Baked Political Gimmicks

    Fri 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    Joe Biden knows what you’re thinking. He has seen the stories, too.He knows he’s too old: 76 years old today, and 78 on Inauguration Day, 2021. He knows that, as a senator representing Delaware for nearly half a century, his extensive ties to the banking,…
  • Jordan Peele’s “Us” Goes Down the Rabbit Hole of Identity

    Thu 2:00pm By Josephine Livingstone
    Jordan Peele loves a rabbit. There is a song that appears in the first scene of Get Out, Peele’s Oscar-winning debut as a movie writer and director, that goes “Run, rabbit, run, rabbit, run! Run! Run!” as Lakeith Stanfield’s character Dre strolls to…
  • Bolsonaro Is Betting His Presidency on Trump

    Thu 10:59am By Andre Pagliarini
    During his visit to the United States Monday and Tuesday, Jair Bolsonaro, the right-wing extremist sworn in as Brazil’s president in January, appeared visibly giddy at the prospect of meeting Donald Trump, gamely playing the amiable ally. While Bolsonaro…
  • The New Republic April Issue: MitchWorld, the GOP’s Unlikely Savior

    Thu 6:14am By Press Release
    New…
  • Nihilist in Chief

    Thu 6:01am By Alex Pareene
    In the midst of this January’s historic, senselessly protracted government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided it was time to put forward his vision of how government should properly function. So he took to the Washington Post op-ed…
  • Bill de Blasio’s Embarrassing Quest for National Fame

    Thu 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    It’s rare for The New York Post to understate a story in a headline, but late Sunday, the tabloid posted a piece titled “De Blasio speaks to crowd of only 20 people in New Hampshire.” The reality was even bleaker. Of the 20 people, fourteen were on the…
  • Mitch McConnell, Young and . . . Moderate?

    Thu 6:00am By Alex Pareene
    After a failed attempt to run for the House of Representatives (he was tossed from the ballot for failing residency requirements), Mitch McConnell’s first real campaign was for judge-executive of Jefferson County, containing (at the time) Louisville and its…
  • Who Said It: Beto O’Rourke, Howard Schultz, or a Punk Rock Band?

    Wed 4:16pm By David Rees
    Much has been made of Beto O’Rourke’s punk rock bona fides, or lack thereof. On the one hand, he used to play in a punk band and cites Ian MacKaye—the Pete Seeger of the American punk movement—as an inspiration. On the other hand, the odds of…
  • The Seductive Stupidity of Andrew Wheeler

    Wed 2:57pm By Emily Atkin
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler is not your average climate denier. Unlike President Donald Trump, he’s admitted that global warming is real and caused by humans. And unlike many Republicans in the House and Senate, he’s…
  • Making #MeToo Work in Pakistan

    Wed 11:51am By Farah Amjad
    In Pakistan, it is all…
  • The Rise and Fall of the New York Wheel

    Wed 10:19am By Alexander Sammon
    In 2008, Meir Laufer, a small-time New York real estate developer, was taking a spin aboard the London Eye, the 443-foot ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames, when he decided on a scheme: He would bring a similarly enormous ferris wheel to New York, but…
  • Adventures in Modernism

    Wed 6:00am By Jeet Heer
    What was it like to be a queer child in South Carolina during the Great Depression? Guy Davenport, with his incomparable gift for re-creating lost pockets of time, offered one plausible glimpse in his short story “A Gingham Dress,” published in 1990. The…
  • The Problem With Trying to Be Like China

    Wed 6:00am By Sam Bresnick
    For decades, the Republican economic creed has revolved around low taxes and free markets. The sacred dual directives had to be vigorously defended and market regulations of any kind aggressively parried. Free-market prophets such as Milton Friedman suggested…
  • Devin Nunes’s Ridiculous Lawsuit Is a Masterpiece of Republican Grievance

    Tue 4:32pm By Matt Ford
    It’s no easy feat to be the most thin-skinned man in American politics these days, especially given that the country is run by a short-fingered vulgarian who compulsively tweets about every real and perceived slight against him. But Devin Nunes has done the…
  • The Death of Fascist Irony

    Mar 19, 2019, 2:08 pm By Talia Lavin
    In the rush of initial reportage that followed the horrific slaughter last week of 51 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, a document surfaced that purported to be the manifesto of the alleged murderer. Thousands of journalists across the globe…
  • Why Won’t These Democrats Reject Fossil Fuel Money?

    Mar 19, 2019, 9:56 am By Emily Atkin
    Two days before she officially launched her campaign for president, Kirsten Gillibrand made one of the smartest moves of her political career. “I signed the pledge today,” she told a group of climate change activists in New Hampshire on Friday. The senator…
  • Brexit Is Making Britain Look Weak

    Mar 19, 2019, 6:00 am By Alexis Papazoglou
    Brexit so far…
  • The Enduring Timidity of the Democratic Party

    Mar 19, 2019, 6:00 am By Alex Shephard
    The Democrats are about to blow it.That’s the emerging consensus of the party’s moderates, anyway. Every week brings a new Politico story in which Democrats grouse about the party’s resurgent left wing, warning that its pie-in-the-sky proposals and…
  • What Was the Foodie?

    Mar 18, 2019, 7:54 am By Josephine Livingstone
    The foodie—as a word, a concept, a person—began life in the early 1980s. New York writer Gael Greene first used the term in a restaurant review, but it was Ann Barr and Paul Levy of England’s Harper’s and Queen who popularized it. In 1984 they…
  • The Dispossessed

    Mar 18, 2019, 6:01 am By Brian Goldstone
    Shame pervades the work of the French writer Édouard Louis. The scenes of aggression in his first two novels, The End of Eddy and History of Violence, are invariably fueled by shame’s corrosive spread. Standing in a crowded middle school hallway, a bullied…
  • Would the Green New Deal Survive the Supreme Court?

    Mar 18, 2019, 6:00 am By Matt Ford
    How the United States confronts climate change will be decided whenever the Democratic Party regains control of the White House and Congress. But it may ultimately be Chief Justice John Roberts who decides whether they succeed.Every major Democratic policy…