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  • There Are Worse Things to Fear Than an Electoral College Tie

    Sat 6:00am By Matt Ford
    On Thursday, Quinnipiac University released a series of polls on presidential head-to-head match-ups in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. President Donald Trump narrowly won all three of those states in 2016, and with them, the White House itself.…
  • The Police Knew Her. She Says They Still Didn’t Care She Was Raped.

    Sat 6:00am By Nick Martin
    Clarice Hardy couldn’t remember much about that night in March 2017, except that she felt “woozy” at the local bar where she had been hanging out. She didn’t know how she got home, just that she got there. She would only learn that she had been…
  • Trump’s Ego Is Causing a National Security Nightmare

    Fri 1:58pm By Seth Hettena
    It…
  • Let the Boy Scouts Die Out, Already

    Fri 11:15am By Matt Farwell
    I was an active Boy Scout as a teenager because I had strong motivation: getting myself the hell out of the Scouting movement. It was a cultural rite and a family thing, one I hated—but the rule was that I couldn’t leave until I’d reached the highest…
  • Finding Carson McCullers

    Fri 6:00am By Rumaan Alam
    “I have read enough biographies,” Jenn Shapland writes early in her new book, “to know, in no uncertain terms, that they are built of artifice and lies. I am not a fiction writer, and this is not a biography.”I take her point that biography is a…
  • The GOP’s Silly Attempt to Boost a Liberal Candidate

    Fri 6:00am By Alex Pareene
    Politico readers learned two interesting things this week. One: A prominent political scientist is making a novel argument that elections are won not by persuading swing-voting independents but by turning out the greatest number of people already inclined to…
  • The Troubling Obsession With Political “Tribalism”

    Fri 6:00am By John Patrick Leary
    Since Donald Trump’s election, political commentators have bemoaned how polarized American politics has become—how angry, how uncivil, how tribal. A few years ago, NYU business professor Jonathan Haidt began seeing a sort of hardwired clannishness in…
  • Bernie Sanders Is No Donald Trump

    Fri 6:00am By David Roth
    As a general rule, people do not compare other people to Donald Trump as a compliment. It is plainly rude to tell another person that you see even trace amounts of Trump in them, but more to the point it is also almost always wrong. For all the try-hards on…
  • The Modern World Disappoints Ross Douthat

    Fri 6:00am By Jake Bittle
    That the world is a mess is a proposition with which the left and the right can both agree. Conservatives look around and see a heathen culture degraded by “cultural Marxism” and the tyranny of social justice; leftists, on the other hand, see a society…
  • The Radicalism of Warren’s Unapologetic Aggression

    Thu 6:15pm By Heather Souvaine Horn
    Mike Bloomberg has proposed to buy American votes with $400 million (and counting) in advertisements. Elizabeth Warren walked onto Wednesday’s debate stage proposing to buy American votes with the body of Mike Bloomberg. It was quality television. It was…
  • A Good Fight to Have About Medicare for All

    Thu 1:25pm By Rachel M. Cohen
    Last week, the Las Vegas–based Culinary Union, Unite Here Local 226, found itself in the middle of a political fight after its leadership released a flyer singling out Bernie Sanders, saying that to elect him would “end Culinary Healthcare.” (“Culinary…
  • Rachel Cusk Questions Everything

    Thu 6:00am By Lauren Oyler
    In August last year, the British estate agency the Modern House featured an interview with the author Rachel Cusk and her husband on its website. Accompanying the dreamy, washed-out photographs of their enviable “self-designed house on the Norfolk coast”…
  • The False Prophets of the Childcare Revolution

    Thu 6:00am By Elliot Haspel
    Business groups and executive types love to talk about the importance of childcare. A 2019 report from the Council for a Strong America’s ReadyNation initiative, a bipartisan coalition of over 2,000 executives, was bluntly titled “Want to Grow the Economy?…
  • The Coronavirus’s Lesson for Climate Change

    Thu 6:00am By Kate Aronoff
    This week, analysis from the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air estimated that government-directed quarantines and other restrictions due to the current coronavirus outbreak have temporarily reduced China’s greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter.…
  • The Democrats Are Finally Brawling Over the Party’s Future

    Thu 4:39am By Osita Nwanevu
    There have been several points over the course of this primary at which some pundits have taken issue with the tone of the discourse between the candidates. In the early debates, criticism of the Obama administration drew jaundiced critiques, as did Julián…
  • America’s Founders Did Not Worry About Politicians Like Michael Bloomberg

    Thu 1:34am By Matt Ford
    At Wednesday night’s Democratic debate, five of the candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination spent the evening taking pointed shots at one another. But all five reserved a particular ire for the wealthy former Republican who became the…
  • The Pipeline Crisis Was Centuries in the Making

    Wed 1:39pm By Nick Martin
    On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the anti-pipeline protests that have largely shut down rail travel across Canada. The blockades, which have also temporarily closed off certain United States border crossings, are part of a growing…
  • Deutsche Bank’s Perilous Pursuit of Profit

    Wed 6:00am By Robin Kaiser-Schatzlein
    In 1999, the German colossus Deutsche Bank was poised to acquire Bankers Trust. This purchase would give Deutsche a foothold in the United States and dramatically expand its investment banking business. The price was $10 billion, the largest foreign takeover…
  • How Michael Bloomberg Owned New York Media

    Wed 6:00am By Alex Shephard
    Not long after he began contemplating running for an unconstitutional third term as mayor of New York City in 2008, Michael Bloomberg made a strategic decision: He wouldn’t move forward without first wooing the owners of New York City’s biggest newspapers.…
  • How Powerful Is This Right-Wing Shadow Network?

    Wed 6:00am By Scott W. Stern
    In 2016, Americans who hoped to make sense of Donald Trump’s election could have done worse than turn to a book released earlier that year: Dark Money by Jane Mayer. In this extraordinary—and extraordinarily disturbing—work of nonfiction, Mayer, a…
  • Obama’s Climate Legacy and the Lie of “Energy Independence”

    Wed 6:00am By Kate Aronoff
    In his State of the Union address this year, Donald Trump boasted that the United States “has become the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world, by far,” giving credit to his administration’s “bold regulatory reduction campaign.”…
  • The Real Message of Trump’s Latest Clemency Binge

    Tue 7:04pm By Matt Ford
    Throughout the Ukraine scandal, President Donald Trump’s defenders argued that his freeze on military aid sprang from a “legitimate interest” in anti-corruption efforts in that country. It was a disingenuous claim on its face all along, not only because…
  • Sour Milken

    Tue 4:34pm By Michael Kinsley
    “But... it came to be said of him that he had been more sinned against than sinning; and that, but for the jealousy of the old stagers in the mercantile world, he would have done very wonderful things.”Those words dispatch the great crooked financier…
  • The Trump Administration Finally Broke the Anti-Trafficking Movement

    Tue 6:00am By Melissa Gira Grant
    When Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, 20 years ago, it was hailed as a shining example of bipartisan consensus. “You’ve got soccer moms and Southern Baptists, the National Organization for Women and the National Association of…
  • Conservative Supreme Court Justices Take Aim at Scalia

    Tue 6:00am By Matt Ford
    Justice Antonin Scalia, who died four years ago last week, is among the most celebrated figures in the conservative legal movement. George Mason University’s law school now bears his name. His former colleagues on the Supreme Court frequently cite his…
  • Analyzing Lucian Freud

    Tue 6:00am By Rumaan Alam
    One of the principal thrills of The Lives of Lucian Freud: The Restless Years, 1922-1968 is that we…
  • Michael Bloomberg Puts Democrats in Moral Peril

    Tue 6:00am By Osita Nwanevu
    Michael Bloomberg will not be the Democratic nominee for the presidency. Neither the money he has spent thus far in the race nor all the money he is prepared to spend in the months ahead will make it substantially easier for him to secure a majority of pledged…
  • Criticizing Michael Bloomberg in an Age of Anti-Semitism

    Tue 6:00am By Emily Tamkin
    In October 2018, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy took to Twitter to denounce Michael Bloomberg, the New York billionaire who had poured $80 million into the Democratic fight to retake the House of Representatives. “We cannot allow … Bloomberg to BUY…
  • Bookerism and the Black Elite

    Tue 6:00am By Adolph Reed Jr.
    On September 18, 1895, Booker T. Washington gave his famous address to the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition. Washington declared before this regional business gathering his acquiescence in the name of the black Southern population to the new…
  • A Wildcat Strike Grows out of a Housing Crisis

    Mon 1:26pm By Andrew Schwartz
    Lately, Brenda Arjona has been leaning hard on the campus food pantry. The 33-year-old single mother and third-year anthropology graduate student says she makes around $2,200 a month after taxes as a part-time teaching assistant at the University of…