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  • The Occult, Terrorizing Politics of QAnon

    6:00am By Melissa Gira Grant
    This July, as police in Portland, Oregon, met protesters with grenades, pepper-ball rounds, and tear gas, the acting head of the Department of Homeland Security issued a memo detailing the alleged crimes (mostly vandalism) of these “anarchists.” When…
  • Inside the Project Veritas Plan to Steal the Election

    6:00am By Matthew Phelan
    James O’Keefe had big plans…
  • Remote Work Won’t Save Us

    6:00am By Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein
    A hallway room in the back of my childhood home contained the…
  • Donald Trump Truly Is the Heir to the Legacy of Andrew Jackson

    6:00am By Bruce Bartlett
    Early in his presidency, when he was still pretending to be a serious person, Donald Trump traveled to the birthplace of Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, to extol his virtues. Trump praised Jackson’s support for tariffs and his hatred of elites.…
  • The Cyclical Psychology of White Supremacy

    6:00am By Josephine Livingstone
    The killing began just after noon. On July 30, 1866, a parade of 300 Black townsfolk (with some white advocates) marched toward the Mechanics Institute in New Orleans to demand their rights: Two years previously, the State Constitutional Convention had given…
  • How to Save Congress From Itself

    6:00am By Matt Ford
    The Republican-led Senate flew home without passing a bill to renew or extend its stimulus measure, raising the prospect that millions of Americans will face more economic hardship in the weeks and months ahead. Democrats in the House of Representatives passed…
  • What Joe Biden Wants

    Sun 6:00am By Walter Shapiro
    After…
  • The Dismal Politics of the Sports World’s “Wokest” League

    Sat 6:00am By Nathaniel Friedman
    The Bubble—the sealed-off campus at Disney World in Orlando, Florida, where the National Basketball Association has resumed its pandemic-interrupted season—is pervaded by an uneasy calm. No one there has yet tested positive for Covid-19, allowing the NBA…
  • Conservative Media Is Really Struggling With the Possibility That Trump Killed Herman Cain

    Fri 5:39pm By Alex Shephard
    How did Herman Cain die? Tweets commemorating the former presidential candidate and pizza magnate, including from President Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, didn’t mention a cause of death. They said he was an “American…
  • The End of Housing as We Know It

    Fri 3:00pm By Francisco Pérez
    The nail salon in Queens where Mariwvey Ramirez works reopened earlier this month, but the customers have been hesitant to return. “I went back to work for three, four days now, and yesterday they tell me that maybe it is going to close because there is no…
  • An Inconvenient Lesson From the Pandemic: We Have to Stop Eating Meat

    Fri 10:57am By Troy Vettese
    In November 2019, the…
  • Let’s Cancel the Presidential Debates Forever

    Fri 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    No one, except perhaps the swampiest of DC hacks, is likely to mourn the loss of the Republican or Democratic conventions, both of which have been digitized and locked down due to America’s abysmal failure at containing the coronavirus pandemic. The…
  • The Right’s Increasingly Unhinged Fight Against Black Lives Matter

    Fri 6:00am By Jake Bittle
    In mid-July, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani took to his podcast, Common Sense, to warn listeners that Black Lives Matter would abolish “a government based on free enterprise” as well as “really, your right to have a religion.” If the…
  • The Future of Trust-Busting Is in Joe Biden’s Hands

    Fri 6:00am By Max Moran
    Pigs are flying! Up is down! The public approves of how Congress handled something!After Wednesday’s much-anticipated hearing with the chief executive officers of Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Apple, onlookers in the media and activist community generally…
  • Can Cities Do Reparations Alone?

    Fri 6:00am By Nick Martin
    Last week, Durham, North Carolina’s Racial Equity Task Force presented its plan, nearly two years in the making, to “understand the scope and depth of racial inequity in our city and figure out how to overcome it.”The Durham report is striking in its…
  • Panic in the White House as Staffers Discover There Is Some Sort of Pandemic Happening

    Thu 3:13pm By Libby Watson
    There are many people in this country who are trapped in bad jobs, ranging from dangerous to exhausting to simply boring, by their financial realities. In the United States, being anything less than pretty darn rich is a potentially perilous situation; if you…
  • Donald Trump Is Terrified of Voters

    Thu 1:32pm By Matt Ford
    Let’s be clear: President Donald Trump cannot lawfully delay the 2020 general election. He lacks the authority to make a unilateral change to the election date, which is set by Congress for the first Tuesday in November. He also has no inherent power to…
  • The 2020 Election Doesn’t Really Matter to Republicans

    Thu 12:14pm By Osita Nwanevu
    The new Republican coronavirus relief bill is abominable. From the earliest days of the pandemic, experts have insisted on closing America’s workplaces and offering workers and businesses financial support until the virus has been brought under control. But…
  • Bolivia’s Covid-19 Election Nightmare Is a Warning

    Thu 7:09am By Andre Pagliarini
    Asked this past spring whether the November 3 presidential election might need to be rescheduled due to the coronavirus, senior White House adviser Jared Kushner replied, “I’m not sure I can commit one way or the other.” The response didn’t inspire…
  • Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning

    Thu 6:00am By Joseph Osmundson
    No one loses a war like the United States. Yet we start them all the time. In fact, if you pause to listen to our language—from “battleground” states in election years to “culture wars” every other decade—it’s hard to believe our nation is not at…
  • Charlie Kaufman’s Defense of Film

    Thu 6:00am By Ben Schwartz
    B, the narrator of Charlie Kaufman’s novel Antkind, is B. Rosenberger Rosenberg, a bald, middle-aged film critic with bottle-top glasses and a flowing Whitmanesque beard, who goes only by his lone initial so as “not to wield my maleness as a weapon.” B…
  • All Police Can Be Secret Police

    Thu 6:00am By Melissa Gira Grant
    Painful images are still coming out of Portland—law enforcement wielding exterminator-like sprayers of tear gas, firing “less-lethal” munitions that have left protesters hospitalized with life-threatening injuries—more than two months into continuous…
  • Ivanka Trump’s Empty Spectacle on Violence Against Native Women

    Wed 1:59pm By Nick Martin
    The picture tells a nice story: Ivanka Trump—smiling with a big golden key in hand—stands alongside assistant secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tara Sweeney, Lower Sioux Indian Community Vice President Grace Goldtooth, and Interior Secretary David…
  • Monopoly is Tyranny

    Wed 8:47am By The Politics of Everything
    The economy as we know it is populated by gigantic corporations, behemoths that have bought up not only their competition but also the businesses supplying or otherwise supporting them. Such monopolies act as a “rival form of government,” explains Zephyr…
  • Bill Barr Battles Democrats to a Draw

    Wed 6:00am By Matt Ford
    The House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic members spent more than a year trying to haul Attorney General Bill Barr into a hearing room. They had no shortage of topics to cover when he finally appeared on Tuesday: the Russia investigation and his efforts to…
  • Between Thomas Chatterton Williams and Me

    Wed 6:00am By Ryu Spaeth
    A few weeks ago, we took a summer vacation on one of those island towns beloved by the East Coast elite. The stores and restaurants on Main Street had just emerged from the hibernation of lockdown. There was take-out lobster and fish and chips, outdoor seating…
  • The Coronavirus Is Blowing Up Our Best Response to the Opioid Crisis

    Wed 6:00am By Zachary Siegel
    On Mondays, Dr. Kimberly Sue would see patients at a syringe service program on the Lower East Side in New York, prescribing medications like buprenorphine that treat opioid addiction. Other days, she saw patients at Rikers Island Correctional Health Services,…
  • Congress Has the “Dumbest Idea Ever” for the Unemployed

    Wed 6:00am By Timothy Noah
    Senate Republicans want to ditch the $600 weekly add-on to state unemployment benefits that they ratified in March to support laid-off workers through the Covid crisis. In its place, they’ve proposed a benefit guarantee of 70 percent of prior wages.That’s…
  • The Problem of the Not-Quite-One Percent

    Wed 6:00am By J.C. Pan
    “We aren’t wealthy people with a very big Hamptons home, but it’s beautiful to us,” the owner of a rather large house in Southampton recently told The New York Times in an article on Manhattan residents decamping to second homes. That quote, roundly…
  • The Emperor’s New Tone

    Wed 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    Last Friday was a momentous day in American politics. After months of doing everything he could to ignore the severity of the coronavirus pandemic and its profound impact on American life—and, crucially, his political future—President Donald Trump saw the…