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New Republic

The Democrats’ Real Pelosi Problem Is After the Midterms

The Democrats’ Real Pelosi Problem Is After the Midterms

In 2006, just before Nancy Pelosi became speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican strategist Dan Schnur told NPR that “if you’re a Republican trying to warn voters against a Democratic
Is Tesla for Real?

Is Tesla for Real?

Even by the standards of Elon Musk’s wild 2018—which has included production, cash flow, and fire problems at his electric car company Tesla, and a number of reckless and irresponsible tweets—the last
Naipaul and the World

Naipaul and the World

For a writer of “obvious greatness”—as Dwight Garner termed him in The New York Times—it is remarkable that V.S. Naipaul is so well known, in life and now in death, for his many flaws. His catalog of

Jim Limber Tells What He Knows About Heaven

Heaven’s a horse a train a ship with noCaptain or with a captain but the captain isA Negro or a rowboat tied but loose-ly to the dock the river peaceful no- body or everybody is a Ne-gro it’s a
Democrats Are Taking Latino Voters for Granted

Democrats Are Taking Latino Voters for Granted

During the month that the World Cup was broadcast on Florida’s three Telemundo TV stations this summer, one advertisement stood out. It begins with Colombian, Mexican, and Brazilian fans celebrating
What Is Keith Ellison Thinking?

What Is Keith Ellison Thinking?

In June, hours before the 5 p.m. filing deadline, Keith Ellison submitted papers to Minnesota’s secretary of state announcing his intention to run for attorney general. Since then, the six-term
Is Roger Stone Next?

Is Roger Stone Next?

Paul Manafort’s trial in Alexandria, Virginia, captured most of the nation’s attention this week, but legal proceedings across the Potomac River in Washington may be the best indicator of where the
Why Public Banks Are Suddenly Popular

Why Public Banks Are Suddenly Popular

Later this year, on the midterm ballot, voters in Los Angeles, California, will be asked an uncommon question: Should the city be to allowed to create a public bank?L.A.’s referendum, which would not
White Out

White Out

On Wednesday evening, Laura Ingraham opened her Fox News show with a critique of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old democratic socialist who ousted a top House Democrat in a June primary and is
Why <i>Little Women </i>Endures

Why <i>Little Women </i>Endures

When Louisa May Alcott was a child, her father Bronson asked her to define what a philosopher was. She replied, tongue in cheek: “a man up in a balloon with his family at the strings tugging to pull
Our Algorithms, Ourselves

Our Algorithms, Ourselves

The first page of David Auerbach’s memoir, which also functions as a selective history of the relation between the human being and computer programming, begins at the very beginning: “Like so many
Why Is Google Returning to China?

Why Is Google Returning to China?

This spring, Google quietly removed its longtime unofficial motto, “Don’t be evil,” from its employee code of conduct. The motto was largely an exercise in branding rather than an ideological
Welcome to the New U.S.–Turkish Relationship

Welcome to the New U.S.–Turkish Relationship

Sanctioning another NATO ally is a remarkable move. As such, the Trump administration’s sanctions on Turkey’s justice and interior ministers last week, over the detention of American pastor Andrew
Congress Makes Corruption Too Easy

Congress Makes Corruption Too Easy

Six years ago, Congress passed the STOCK Act, which for the first time made members of Congress liable for insider trading, just like any other investor. On Wednesday, the Justice Department issued
Air Pollution Denial Could Become EPA Policy

Air Pollution Denial Could Become EPA Policy

Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesMuch of the Republican Party has long denied the science of climate change—that humans are causing the planet to warm. They’ve been less willing, historically, to deny the
The Glaring Exception in the
Coming Battle Over Reproductive Rights

The Glaring Exception in the Coming Battle Over Reproductive Rights

Ever since Justice Anthony Kennedy’s June announcement that he would retire from the Supreme Court, the spotlight has been on Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion. Less than a day after
Fighting for Democracy: A Lesson From Bolivia

Fighting for Democracy: A Lesson From Bolivia

On Monday more than 25 opposition groups flooded the streets of colonial Potosí to disrupt the government’s official celebration of Bolivia’s independence day. It had snowed in the city on Saturday,
Trump’s New Strategy to Demonize Immigrants

Trump’s New Strategy to Demonize Immigrants

Donald Trump’s antipathy to immigrants has been a defining feature of his rise to power and his presidency. He has focused much of that ire, personally and in his policies, on undocumented immigrants.
Is Mike Pence Really a Hypocrite?

Is Mike Pence Really a Hypocrite?

It’s not every day that you read the vice president’s case for impeaching a president. On Tuesday, CNN resurfaced two columns written by Mike Pence in the 1990s in favor of the push to impeach Bill
A Graphic Novel That Moves at the Pace of Life

A Graphic Novel That Moves at the Pace of Life

In July, Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina became the first ever graphic novel to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The nomination—even on the longlist—feels like an event: What kind of book