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  • Why Is Greece Such a Hot Spot of Left-Wing Terrorism?

    Fri 6:00am By Sarah Souli
    The…
  • Welcome to the Next Two Years in America

    Thu 1:48pm By Alex Shephard
    “We are getting crushed!” So exclaimed President Trump to his chief of staff in response to media coverage of the government shutdown, according to The New York Times. This is an accurate description of his political fortunes at the moment. Trump has gone…
  • This Is Not Normal. This Is Not Normal. This Is Not Normal.

    Thu 12:10pm By Matt Ford
    The Trump International Hotel enjoys an enviable location in the nerve center of American governance. It stands on Pennsylvania Avenue, situated roughly midway between the White House and the Capitol. Across the street is the headquarters of the FBI. It shares…
  • Edith Espinal Has Spent 18 Months Hiding From ICE in a Church.…

    Thu 6:00am By Stephanie Russell-Kraft
    There’s little about Ohio’s Columbus Mennonite Church that marks it as a sanctuary. Only a small cardboard sign by the parking lot proclaims, in English, Spanish, and Arabic, “No matter where you are from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor.” Inside,…
  • A Coal Baron’s Takeover of the EPA Is Nearly Complete

    Wed 5:01pm By Emily Atkin
    A few weeks after President Donald Trump moved into the White House, he received a memo from one of his biggest campaign donors: Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy, America’s largest private coal company. Emblazoned with the words “Action Plan,” it…
  • Francis Fukuyama’s Shrinking Idea

    Wed 6:01am By Alan Wolfe
    There’s an intriguing phenomenon in publishing you could call the One Great Idea book. Usually written by a leading senior scholar in an interdisciplinary field such as international relations, political philosophy, or comparative literature, the One Great…
  • Who’s Afraid of Bernie Sanders? A Lot of Democrats, Apparently.

    Wed 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    In the wake of Bernie Sanders’s loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, some people argued that, as Vanity Fair put it, he “won in the end” because his race had “a profound, and lasting, effect on his party.” This was not a fanciful…
  • The Real Villain of Fyre Festival

    Wed 6:00am By Josephine Livingstone
    “Honestly I can’t believe this documentary—there’s two of ‘em.” Against the strains of “Build Me Up Buttercup,” this is how the Hulu documentary Fyre Fraud draws to a close. The disbelieving individual in question is Oren Aks of Jerry Media,…
  • How Much Do You Trust Bill Barr?

    Tue 7:05pm By Matt Ford
    Bill Barr, the once and likely future attorney general, had one mission on Capitol Hill on Tuesday: convince the Senate that he would be an honorable man. In a day-long confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the nominee reassured lawmakers…
  • Stop Indulging the Fantasy of a Trump Primary Challenge

    Tue 9:10am By Alex Shephard
    Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, and Tulsi Gabbard have all already announced plans to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. By summer, they will be joined by as many as two dozen other prominent Democrats, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and…
  • Resistance Training

    Tue 6:01am By Micah L. Sifry
    Since Donald Trump became president, the United States has seen over 20,000 street protests. While this number includes some pro-Trump rallies, most of the events voiced opposition to the administration. Between hundreds of Women’s Marches, the airport…
  • The Philosophical Roots of Today’s Immigration Debate

    Tue 6:00am By Alexis Papazoglou
    When Hegel wrote that the owl of Minerva flies at dusk, he meant that philosophy makes sense of the world only retrospectively: After the world has given birth to a reality, the philosophers arrive on the scene to help us understand it. But in the present…
  • Some of the Biggest Green Groups Have Cold Feet Over the “Green New Deal”

    Tue 6:00am By Emily Atkin
    By now, every member of Congress should have received a very long letter about the Green New Deal. Sent by 626 environmental groups on Thursday, the letter calls on lawmakers to support the idea, popularized by freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,…
  • Did the FBI “Overstep” by Investigating Trump?

    Mon 4:44pm By Matt Ford
    In the chaotic days after President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in May of 2017, FBI officials opened an investigation into whether he was a Russian intelligence asset, according to a report on Friday in The New York Times. It’s been…
  • What’s So Controversial About a Medieval Nun’s Teeth?

    Mon 11:45am By Josephine Livingstone
    When an academic makes a research breakthrough, two things can happen in the public consciousness: nothing, or something. It’s hard to know which is worse. Let’s say you’re a physicist who discovers a particle that isn’t affected by gravity. If nobody…
  • Mommy and Data

    Jan 14, 2019, 6:01 am By Anna Altman
    In 2009, Piraye Yurttas Beim, a molecular biologist from Texas, started pitching investors on her vision for a new kind of women’s health company. The startup she had founded, Celmatix, would bring the power of big data and cutting-edge genetic testing to…
  • What Israeli Airstrikes Say About Trump’s Middle East Policy

    Jan 14, 2019, 6:00 am By Elizabeth Tsurkov
    The series of strikes shaking Damascus and its southern countryside last Friday night now appear to have been the most extensive wave of airstrikes by Israel against Iranian-linked targets in Syria since September. They also came only a day after U.S.…
  • Five Dealbreakers for Confirming Trump’s Next Attorney General

    Jan 14, 2019, 6:00 am By Matt Ford
    Bill Barr is no stranger to the Senate confirmation process. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next attorney general already went through it twice before, first to serve as deputy attorney general in 1990 and then to become attorney general from…
  • Republicans Have Learned Nothing From the Midterms

    Jan 11, 2019, 1:53 pm By Alex Shephard
    Ahead of last year’s midterms, President Trump telegraphed his electoral strategy. “Hard to believe that with thousands of people from South of the Border, walking unimpeded toward our country in the form of large Caravans, that the Democrats won’t…
  • Parable of Beauty & Privilege

    Jan 11, 2019, 6:01 am By Marcus Wicker
    As for the ingrate blue jay     inherently dapper     dappled in …
  • We Need to Acknowledge

    Jan 11, 2019, 6:00 am By Garous Abdolmalekian
    the weight of certain news on the phone that makes the receiver heavier makes it fall from my hands…
  • The Exhausting Minimalism of Tidying Up

    Jan 11, 2019, 6:00 am By Kyle Chayka
    The coupled…
  • Does Your Box of “Ugly” Produce Really Help the Planet? Or Hurt it?

    Jan 11, 2019, 6:00 am By Emily Atkin
    “I’m an environmental journalist, not an environmentalist.” I’ve said this countless times over the course of my career, usually to make a distinction between myself and the people I write about. But last year, while reporting on a growing number of…
  • It’s Not a National Emergency. It’s Also Not the Dawn of Dictatorship.

    Jan 10, 2019, 2:21 pm By Matt Ford
    What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? The unstoppable force declares a national emergency to go around it.…
  • Television Learned the Wrong Lessons From The Sopranos

    Jan 10, 2019, 1:12 pm By Josephine Livingstone
    The elderly Uncle Junior is in his armchair, facing down a disloyal male relation. In the next episode, Junior will get his hand stuck in the garbage disposal for six hours, but for now he has the dignity of a retired king, which is what he is. He holds up one…
  • A Commons Problem

    Jan 10, 2019, 6:01 am By Win McCormack
    In his 2015 book The Republic of Conscience, former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Gary Hart identifies what may be the central dynamic of American political and economic history: the struggle to accommodate the interests of a commonwealth with a…
  • Millennials Don’t Have a Monopoly on Burnout

    Jan 10, 2019, 6:00 am By Jonathan Malesic
    Several years ago, instead of getting up to go to my well-paid, secure job as a tenured college professor, I would lie in bed for hours, repeatedly watching the video to “Don’t Give Up,” Peter Gabriel’s duet with Kate Bush. “I am a man whose dreams…
  • A Series of Selves

    Jan 10, 2019, 6:00 am By Colin Dickey
    Every so often a book comes along and changes the way you see a classic of literature. The Diary of Virginia Woolf, published between 1977 and 1984, came out decades after Woolf’s death in 1941, and added a stunning lens through which to view her long and…
  • After South Africa’s Trump

    Jan 9, 2019, 6:01 am By Eve Fairbanks
    I didn’t expect, when I first moved to South Africa in 2009, how much it would feel like America. Every place does, more and more; or every place feels increasingly like every other place, a globe of placelessness, the world as duty-free lounge. But South…
  • How About Some Candor in Middle East Policy?

    Jan 9, 2019, 6:00 am By Brian Katulis
    Cairo seems to be the place where American…