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  • The Argument Against D.C. Statehood Is Rooted in Racism

    4:02pm By Nick Martin
    In February of 1873, James Shepherd Pike, a radical Republican journalist and longtime advocate for black suffrage, was assigned by the New York Tribune to cover a Deep South state legislature in the midst of Reconstruction. At the time, governments across the…
  • Democrats’ Drug Price Bill May Be Dead on Arrival

    3:48pm By Libby Watson
    After nine months of negotiation, Nancy Pelosi has unveiled her proposal to reduce drug prices. The bill would allow the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate with drug companies on the Medicare prices of between 25 and 250 drugs, setting an…
  • How to Sneak Up on Area 51

    10:40am By Matt Farwell
    Two Christmases ago, my friend Doug Laux asked me to drive with him on Nevada 375, the Extraterrestrial Highway, to stay in the haunted Clown Motel and then roll to the back gate of Area 51. Naturally, I said yes, but on one condition: My cat Marie Claire had…
  • The Case Against the Popular Vote

    10:31am By Matt Ford
    Two hundred years ago, the Founding Fathers made a mistake. They decided that the president of the United States should be elected by a popular vote held among the entire country’s citizens. The results of this flawed system speak for themselves. Under the…
  • The MAGA Plot

    6:01am By Rumaan Alam
    Ben Lerner writes novels about Ben Lerner. This sentence might have once sounded like a criticism. But since writing that collapses the distance between fiction and author—so-called autofiction—is au courant, it is nearer an endorsement. The hero of…
  • “What About China?” Is a Bad Response to the Climate Crisis

    6:00am By Daniel K. Gardner
    Whenever the subject of climate policy comes up in the…
  • Pete Buttigieg’s Health Care Plan Is the Worst Yet

    Thu 3:06pm By Libby Watson
    Rejoice, Democratic lovers of Plans, for your presidential field’s second-string wonk candidate Pete Buttigieg has produced details for his health care plan. (To be fair, this is more than can be said for the field’s starting wonk, Elizabeth Warren.)…
  • Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro Will Make You Feel Complicit

    Thu 6:01am By Lidija Haas
    How a political film should aim to make you feel is a tricky question. There’s the Ken Loach approach, worthy and moving but, in this overcrowded landscape, arguably not fashioned to persuade (or even attract) those viewers not already on-side, and there’s…
  • How Energy Companies Corrupt State Politics

    Thu 6:00am By Meaghan Winter
    In 2017, a coalition of Democratic activists and party…
  • A Critical Threat to Sex Discrimination Protections

    Thu 6:00am By Melissa Gira Grant
    Not long after the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice, he and his eight associates will devote one entire day to three cases which will determine the future of LGBTQ and women’s rights under the law. On…
  • The Pragmatic Roots of Biden’s Incoherence

    Wed 2:22pm By Alex Shephard
    On Sunday, Miami real estate developer Craig Robins introduced Joe Biden at a fundraiser by telling prospective donors that Biden is a candidate seeking “a solution that could just make things normal again.” It’s a pithy description for the campaign that…
  • The Kavanaugh Fight Left Wounds That Will Never Heal

    Wed 1:49pm By Matt Ford
    It’s hard to see how The New York Times could have handled a new allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh any worse. Two of the Times’ reporters, Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, wrote a book on last year’s corrosive confirmation battle. The paper…
  • Russian Trolls Love Targeting U.S. Veterans

    Wed 1:15pm By Jasper Craven
    The post popped up in select Instagram feeds shortly before the election in 2016. Its photo depicted an anonymous black-clad woman on an airport tarmac, crying over a metal casket covered in an American flag. “Killary Clinton will never understand what it…
  • Crash Course

    Wed 12:33pm By Maureen Tkacik
    Nearly two decades before Boeing’s MCAS system crashed two of the plane-maker’s brand-new 737 MAX jets, Stan Sorscher knew his company’s increasingly toxic mode of operating would create a disaster of some kind. A long and proud “safety culture” was…
  • GM Workers Strike to Get Back What the Recession Stole

    Wed 11:56am By Nick Martin
    The story by now is near-common knowledge: In the throes of the last recession, the nation’s Big Three automakers—General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford—accepted a $51 billion bailout from the federal government, allowing the companies to stave off…
  • How to Stop Kleptocrats From Stashing Their Cash in America

    Wed 10:34am By Casey Michel
    Convicted Russian national Viktor Bout spent years perfecting the art of international arms smuggling. At the height of his powers, he boasted a clientele that ranged from Central African dictators and their cronies, to warlords ransacking Libya, to the…
  • The Climate Disaster Inside America’s Prisons

    Wed 6:00am By Kim Kelly
    Global warming far and away is the most pressing issue…
  • We Didn’t Stand a Chance Against Opioids

    Wed 6:00am By Joshua Hunt
    My ancestors had no written language, so they told their…
  • Covering for Roy Cohn

    Wed 6:00am By David Klion
    “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded,” sang Leonard Cohen, who died the day before Donald Trump’s 2016 victory, which he had confidently predicted. “Everybody knows the fight was fixed / The poor stay poor, the rich get rich / That’s how it goes…
  • Brett Kavanaugh Has Democrats Running Scared

    Tue 1:46pm By Libby Watson
    For many women—those who have experienced assault, who generally believe that it happens, or who were not already politically predisposed to not believe this instance occurred—the debacle of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination was not just outrageous and…
  • Edward Snowden’s Novel Makeover

    Tue 6:01am By Adam Weinstein
    Edward Snowden’s new memoir, Permanent Record, wasn’t eagerly anticipated. That’s only because hardly anyone had heard about it before Snowden’s publisher, Macmillan, announced in August that it would go on sale in 20 countries on September 17,…
  • How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Novel Reckons With the Past

    Tue 6:00am By Eric Herschthal
    Eight…
  • The NRA Is Not a Domestic Terrorist Organization

    Tue 6:00am By Matt Ford
    The National Rifle Association (NRA) may be dedicated to armed self-defense, but the organization itself is largely indefensible. NRA leader Wayne LaPierre, who billed the group for his luxury clothing and lavish vacations, spent the summer purging…
  • Jonathan Safran Foer on Our Moral Obligation to Eat Better

    Tue 6:00am By Kate Wheeling
    At the United Nation’s climate conference in Poland last…
  • The Obscure Newspaper Fueling the Far-Right in Europe

    Tue 6:00am By Seth Hettena
    In 2017, Stefanie Albrecht, an investigative reporter for German broadcaster RTL, was in the midst of what would become a prize-winning investigation of Alternative for Germany (AfD), a far-right party that would go on to shock the world by winning seats in…
  • IT: Chapter Two and the Great American Tradition of Selling Native Spirituality

    Mon 2:40pm By Nick Martin
    There’s laziness, there’s racism, and there’s lazy racism. About 45 minutes into IT: Chapter Two, which remained atop the box office last weekend, the three-hour movie reveals it’s aiming for the latter. For this sequel to the 2017 film,…
  • The Curse of Osama Bin Laden

    Mon 2:00pm By Adam Weinstein
    Five years before masterminding the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 Americans in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania, Osama bin Laden laid out his strategy in a declaration of jihad “against the Americans occupying the land of the two holiest sites.”…
  • The Blood-Dimmed Tide

    Mon 6:01am By Emily Atkin
    It’s the year 2100. The nationalist ideology popularized by Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, and Boris Johnson has not only retained its hold on industrialized nations, but also expanded amid conditions of climate upheaval. Many of the world’s major powers…
  • Democrats Are Trapped in Trump’s “Deep State” War

    Mon 6:00am By Jefferson Morley
    The ongoing contretemps between President Donald Trump and the intelligence community forces a dismal and daunting question: Whose side must be taken in a power struggle between a legion of professional liars and a consummate bullshit artist? Both the…
  • The Case for a Public Option for the Drug Industry

    Mon 6:00am By Dana Brown
    Under siege from thousands of lawsuits from federal, state, and local governments for its role in the deadly opioid addiction crisis, drug manufacturer Purdue Pharma reached a tentative settlement with some of the plaintiffs last week. In the deal, Purdue…