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The CPAC Kids Are Alright (on Guns)

The CPAC Kids Are Alright (on Guns)

“I think we could use more gun control,” said Callen Creeden, a 19-year-old sophomore at American University, at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday. “That doesn’t mean we
A Third Way to Think About Russiagate

A Third Way to Think About Russiagate

Silence is special counsel Robert Mueller’s most valuable tool, and he’s been wielding it to tremendous effect. The former FBI director has made no public statements and held no press conferences
Photos: The Parkland Survivors Take a Stand

Photos: The Parkland Survivors Take a Stand

The moment of silence didn’t last very long. Soon after last week’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, a growing coalition of students, teachers, and parents
Billy Graham’s Circus Left Him Behind

Billy Graham’s Circus Left Him Behind

Billy Graham, who died on Wednesday morning at the age of 99, was one of the most famous preachers who ever lived. For generations of American evangelicals, his name was nearly synonymous with the
Do Democrats Really Need a Message?

Do Democrats Really Need a Message?

The lamentations on the part of numerous political observers that the Democrats lack “a message” are becoming more frequent with the advent of the midterm elections. But they don’t comport with
Why Won’t the EPA Watchdog Fully Investigate Pruitt?

Why Won’t the EPA Watchdog Fully Investigate Pruitt?

The Environmental Protection Agency’s independent watchdog can’t keep up with all of Administrator Scott Pruitt’s scandals. In January, EPA Inspector General Arthur Elkins revealed that his office
How News Outlets Became Lifestyle Brands

How News Outlets Became Lifestyle Brands

On Tuesday, Fox News announced it would be launching Fox Nation, a streaming service populated with original content. While similar to other standalone streaming services that have popped up in recent
The New Working Class

The New Working Class

More than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, political commentators continue, despite all evidence to the contrary, to depict his political base as the “white working class.” Articles on his
Whitewashing Trump Country

Whitewashing Trump Country

Rural America is white and in love with Donald Trump, according to reports. Since 2016 it has been depicted as the nation’s one true bastion of Trump support. A 2016 New Yorker piece announced that
Nationalize the Trump Organization

Nationalize the Trump Organization

Donald Trump Jr. is in India for a week-long business trip on behalf of the Trump Organization, which he runs with his brother Eric, to promote $1 billion in luxury residential units that their
Right-Wing Populism Can’t Fix Globalization

Right-Wing Populism Can’t Fix Globalization

Just a year ago, it seemed like the era of globalization was over. At the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland—on a panel called “Squeezed and Angry”— hedge fund guru Ray Dalio set out the
Night Vision

Night Vision

When I was 16, I read “First Love,” by Vladimir Nabokov. He describes a trip on the Nord Express train, which went from St. Petersburg to Paris. “I would put myself to sleep by the simple act of
Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security

Dismantle the Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s first problem is its name. Mainstream American political thought long celebrated the United States as a multicultural nation, one that forged a common civic
Stop Inflating the Russia Threat

Stop Inflating the Russia Threat

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of thirteen Russians last week for meddling in the 2016 election has incited hysterical threat inflation among many pundits and foreign policy experts. For
Time Is a Feminist Issue

Time Is a Feminist Issue

In the months since the #MeToo movement began in October of last year, it has become an article of faith that there is a “generational divide” between older and younger feminists. “Compared to their
Zadie Smith’s Book of Essays Explores What It Means to Be Human

Zadie Smith’s Book of Essays Explores What It Means to Be Human

“If I have any gift at all,” Zadie Smith admits in one of the essays in Feel Free, “it’s for dialogue—that trick of breathing what-looks-like-life into a collection of written sentences.” Smith does
Zadie Smith’s Varieties of Individuality

Zadie Smith’s Varieties of Individuality

“If I have any gift at all,” Zadie Smith admits in one of the essays in Feel Free, “it’s for dialogue—that trick of breathing what-looks-like-life into a collection of written sentences.” Smith does
Who Counts?

Who Counts?

In his first year in office, Donald Trump and his administration have launched a daunting number of direct and open attacks on long-respected American rights and freedoms—threatening immigrants, the
The Source of the Next Recession

The Source of the Next Recession

The Trump administration is delivering on its promise of financial deregulation. Mick Mulvaney has eroded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau since being installed as acting director in November.
Baltimore’s Lonely Fight for Police Reform

Baltimore’s Lonely Fight for Police Reform

Attorney General Jeff Sessions traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, in December to push President Donald Trump’s false narrative that illegal immigration—and sanctuary cities, like Baltimore, that protect