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Trump Plays Hard to Get

Trump Plays Hard to Get

After weeks of will-he-won’t-he, and hours after North Korea announced it had destroyed tunnels at its nuclear test site at Pyungge-ri, President Donald Trump Thursday morning cancelled
How American Christians Are Swaying Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

How American Christians Are Swaying Ireland’s Abortion Referendum

On May 25, the Republic of Ireland will hold a referendum on the Eighth Amendment of its constitution, which criminalizes abortion in most cases. The amendment is a product of Ireland’s Catholic
Spirit of the Strip Mall

Spirit of the Strip Mall

The Garbage Times and White Ibis, a new pair of related novellas by Sam Pink, crackle with humanistic intimacy. In one scene, the narrator, a writer and painter like Pink himself, gets an email from a
Power of the Prosecutor

Power of the Prosecutor

Since his election last fall, Larry Krasner, Philadelphia’s district attorney, has been working to dismantle the prosecutorial practices that gave the city the highest incarceration rate of any major
The Truth About the “Vegan Lobby”

The Truth About the “Vegan Lobby”

The failure of the farm bill last week was a major loss for House Republicans, the party leadership in particular, but it was also a win for Big Vegan.That’s how Congressman Steve King might see it,
Trump’s War on Labor Now Includes Teens

Trump’s War on Labor Now Includes Teens

The Department of Labor’s regulatory agenda may soon dredge up an old fight in America’s labor wars. As sources told Bloomberg Law on May 8, the DOL is reconsidering regulations on the labor 16- and
The Cult of Philip Roth

The Cult of Philip Roth

Baruch dayan ha’emet: This is what Jews say upon being told of another Jew’s death. The phrase, which derives from a Talmudic blessing, means “Blessed is the True Judge”—which can seem a strange,
A Party for Women. A Party for (White) Men.

A Party for Women. A Party for (White) Men.

Stacey Abrams made history on Tuesday night by winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Georgia, becoming the first black woman nominated for governor by a major party. If she defeats her
What Turns an Outsider Into a President?

What Turns an Outsider Into a President?

“I make three promises to the people,” Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the white-haired progressive who has been gunning for the Mexican presidency for over a decade, told crowds in the capital at the
What Netflix’s Obama Deal Says About the Future of Streaming

What Netflix’s Obama Deal Says About the Future of Streaming

Netflix is on a buying spree. Over the last several months, the company has announced a $100 million partnership with Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes and a $300 million deal with TV’s man of the
Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker

Philip Roth, the Mandarin Joker

Philip Roth’s breakthrough novel, the runaway bestseller that made him a giant of American literature, was Portnoy’s Complaint (1969). Roth’s name is inextricably linked with that novel, for reasons
Mind Control

Mind Control

Barbara Ehrenreich cuts an unusual figure in American culture. A prominent radical who never became a liberal, a celebrity, or a reactionary, who built a successful career around socialist-feminist
Poor Mary Shelley!

Poor Mary Shelley!

The only truly poetic act Percy Bysshe Shelley ever accomplished was saving his wife Mary from bleeding to death by packing her in ice while she was miscarrying. Otherwise, he was something of a wimp.
Anatomy of a Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory

Anatomy of a Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theory

In his recent memoir, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI Director James Comey wrote about his decision to brief President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017 about the existence of the Steele dossier, which
The Number of Trump’s Impeachable Offenses Keeps Growing

The Number of Trump’s Impeachable Offenses Keeps Growing

Updated on May 22 at 2:05 p.m. ETIn the past four days alone, two new items were added to President Trump’s list of impeachable offenses. He was already a sitting duck for a charge of obstruction of
Lost Girls

Lost Girls

When the Australian director Peter Weir arranged to meet the writer Joan Lindsay in the early 1970s, her publisher warned him there was one question he absolutely must not ask. They were meeting to
What Happened to the “Free World”?

What Happened to the “Free World”?

If there is an international order, it seems to be in crisis. Vladimir Putin boasts of new nuclear weaponry impervious to NATO defenses and is accused of ordering an assassination on British soil; Xi
A Fitting End to Paul Ryan’s Fraudulent Political Career

A Fitting End to Paul Ryan’s Fraudulent Political Career

The House of Representatives has become The Lord of the Flies. Republicans, despite being in the majority, lost a vote on major legislation (the Farm Bill) put forward by its leaders. The leadership
A Forgotten War on Women

A Forgotten War on Women

In 1917, as World War I raged across the Atlantic, American government officials launched a program aimed at protecting newly-arrived army recruits from acquiring sexually-transmitted infections. It
Rudy Giuliani Is Managing His Client via Fox News

Rudy Giuliani Is Managing His Client via Fox News

Rudy Giuliani has quickly become a ubiquitous media presence since joining President Donald Trump’s legal team for the sprawling Russia investigation. In just a few weeks, the former New York City