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  • The Punctured Myth of Sheryl Sandberg

    3:16pm By Alex Shephard
    It’s been five years since Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, published her manifesto, Lean In, urging women not to sell themselves short at work or doubt their ability to balance a family with a career. Though controversial, the book…
  • How Good Is Your Electronic Trackpad Signature?

    2:48pm By Matt Ford
    What was your signature like at eighteen? Is it still the same? In the wake of the 2018 midterms, the American electoral system is under scrutiny again—as, in fact, it seems to be almost every two years now. This year, razor-thin margins in Florida and…
  • Is It Racist to Ban Menthol Cigarettes—or Not To?

    12:36pm By Emily Atkin
    To stop kids from smoking, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wants to stop nicotine from tasting like candy. So he proposed two new restrictions on cigarette and e-cigarette products on Thursday.…
  • Climate Change Could Sink Amazon’s New York Headquarters

    6:00am By Sophie Kasakove
    When Amazon announced on Tuesday that it would build one of its new headquarters in Long Island City’s Anable Basin, environmentalists were…
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Is the Coen Brothers’ Odd Paean to the Western

    Thu 1:22pm By Josephine Livingstone
    “You can’t help but compare yourself against the old-timers,” says Sheriff Ed Tom Bell in the opening of the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men. “Can’t help but wonder how they’d have operated these times.” Like the sheriff, the Coen…
  • Does the Federalist Society Still Need Trump?

    Thu 10:48am By Matt Ford
    The Federalist Society is convening in Washington on Thursday for its annual convention, a Comic-Con of sorts for the conservative legal movement. It’s been a blockbuster year for those in attendance. The confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh last month…
  • California’s Wildfires Don’t Have to Be So Deadly

    Thu 6:00am By Emily Atkin
    Rescue teams are still searching through burned rubble for bodies after a massive wildfire devastated Butte County, California, last week. About 100 people are still missing. But already the Camp Fire, which continues to burn, has gone down in history as the…
  • The Struggle to Save Our Schools

    Thu 6:00am By Richard D. Kahlenberg
    In Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court identified America’s…
  • Ukraine’s Fall From Hope

    Thu 6:00am By Michael Colborne
    In Kiev, you can walk up the stairs from the metro onto a square that’s been home to three revolutions in thirty years, and any number of protests large and small. With its memorials, monuments, and a few men dressed up in panda suits, Kiev’s Maidan…
  • Facebook Betrayed America

    Wed 10:28pm By Alex Shephard
    Seven months ago, Mark Zuckerberg sat before Congress and said he was sorry about the fake news and the data breaches—and that it wasn’t really Facebook’s fault. The company’s founder and CEO had been hauled before Congress to answer for what became…
  • Chess Is Back

    Wed 3:57pm By Sean Williams
    Tuesday, in central London, as Theresa May unveiled a freshly forged Brexit deal, American Fabiano Caruana and Norwegian Magnus Carlsen played out a procedural draw in game four of their World Chess Championship showdown, leaving the best-of-twelve battle…
  • Grand Old Paranoia

    Wed 6:01am By Colin Dickey
    In the months before the midterms, the GOP began sounding the alarm that the Democrats, should they take back the House, were planning a slew of investigations into nearly every aspect of the Trump administration: tax returns, family businesses, Russia, Stormy…
  • Don’t Blow This, Democrats

    Wed 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    Nancy Pelosi made herself more than clear. For over a year, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives wanted nothing to do with the growing interest in impeaching President Donald Trump. “It’s not someplace that I think we should go,” she…
  • Will Trump Check His Executive Privilege?

    Tue 12:31pm By Matt Ford
    While pundits debate whether there was a blue wave in last week’s midterm elections—there was—the White House is bracing for an onslaught from the new Democratic majority in the House of Representatives. Democrats are preparing to subpoena the Trump…
  • A New, Wickedly Playful Voice in Crime Fiction

    Tue 12:19pm By Josephine Livingstone
    Korede, the narrator of My Sister, The Serial Killer, the debut novel by Oyinkan Braithwaite, is a nurse at a hospital in Lagos, the city where she lives with her mother and her sister, Ayoola. The sister is the beautiful one; Korede is clever. “Ayoola looks…
  • Celebrating Independence Day With Poland’s Far Right

    Tue 11:37am By Matthew Luxmoore
    Early on Sunday morning, dozens of buses set off from every region of Poland, carrying tens of thousands of patriotic Poles to the capital for the centenary celebration of the country’s independence from imperial powers.…
  • The Backlash to the GOP’s Union-Bashing Has Begun in Earnest

    Tue 7:20am By Lauren Kaori Gurley
    Has the Republican Party’s grand experiment in union-busting finally come to an end? Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, rose to national prominence in 2011 when he passed a landmark bill dealing a blow to unions in the state and across the…
  • Why Brazilians Elected an Aspiring Dictator

    Tue 6:01am By Andre Pagliarini
    Jair Bolsonaro isn’t big on democracy. The newly elected president has dismissed the notion of human rights as a “disservice” to Brazil. He has bemoaned the fact that its police force, one of the deadliest in the world, does not have the right to kill…
  • It’s Time for a New Voting Rights Act

    Tue 6:01am By Janell Ross
    In early 2011, when new census figures showed that Evergreen, Alabama, a small city midway between Montgomery and Mobile, had grown from 53 to 62 percent black over the previous ten years, the white majority on the city council took steps to maintain its…
  • Enter Boris?

    Tue 6:00am By Samuel Earle
    Boris Johnson—former…
  • Stan Lee: the Midwife of the Marvel Universe

    Mon 8:50pm By Jeet Heer
    “Stan Lee” was a fiction, a mask that eventually became a face. It was a pen name designed by a teenage boy, not to gain fame but to hide work he thought would embarrass him.…
  • Trump Responds to Tragedy With Cruelty

    Mon 3:57pm By Emily Atkin
    On Friday afternoon, as several counties across California were being incinerated by late-season wildfires, President Donald Trump signed a declaration providing federal money for the emergency response. But the president clearly wasn’t happy about it. About…
  • Democrats, Don’t Compromise With Trump

    Mon 6:01am By K. Sabeel Rahman
    With Democrats in control of the House, they are now faced with the question of how best to use their legislative authority. Nancy Pelosi has already drafted a lengthy list of goals: lowering prescription drug prices, investing in infrastructure, restoring…
  • The Menacing Midcentury Aesthetic of Prestige TV

    Mon 6:01am By Rachel Syme
    In an early scene in the first episode of Homecoming, Amazon’s new psychological thriller series, Julia Roberts walks through a series of rooms, talking rapidly on her phone. It is an important conversation: This is the first time we hear Roberts’s…
  • Amazon Scammed America’s Hurting Cities

    Mon 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    For over a year, Amazon dangled the prize of a second headquarters, or HQ2, in front of cities across the country, and then watched as they duked it out. The result was a sort of hypercapitalist Hunger Games, in which cities and states debased themselves in…
  • A Democrat Ran on Climate Change in a Republican Stronghold—and Won

    Mon 6:00am By Emily Atkin
    If Sean Casten had talked about climate change once during his campaign, that would have been more than most Democrats running for Congress. But Casten didn’t talk about climate change just once, or even merely ten or twenty times, as he sought to flip…
  • What Makes a Great Movie About Journalism?

    Nov 9, 2018, 2:06 pm By Josephine Livingstone
    Reporters make for odd movie heroes. They are traditionally untidy and unglamorous. But a journalist who is following a story—whether that journalist be Lois Lane or Bob Woodward—can always do double-duty as a protagonist. Reporters uncover the world’s…
  • How Much Damage Will Matt Whitaker Do to the Rule of Law in America?

    Nov 9, 2018, 11:27 am By Matt Ford
    President Donald Trump makes no secret of his litmus test for an attorney general: They should be loyal to the president first, and the rule of law second. He’s invoked Robert Kennedy and Eric Holder as models for their loyalty and their purported efforts to…
  • The Republicans Broke Congress. Democrats Can Fix It.

    Nov 9, 2018, 6:01 am By Norman J. Ornstein
    In the great 1972 political satire The Candidate, Robert Redford plays a novice candidate who runs a slick campaign for Senate and wins an upset against an unbeatable incumbent. On election night, right before the media throng arrives, he turns to his campaign…
  • Are 100 Years Enough?

    Nov 9, 2018, 6:00 am By Priya Satia
    The First World…