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Want to Pass Medicare for All? Fix American Democracy First.

Want to Pass Medicare for All? Fix American Democracy First.

The federal government’s partial shutdown enters its second month this week, and there is no end in sight. It does not matter that the American public largely wants the government to reopen, or that
Trump and Xi: A Tale of Two Egos

Trump and Xi: A Tale of Two Egos

Amid the many tributes paid to the late George H.W. Bush last November, an understandable minority dwelt on the moment when Bush became the first sitting president to throw up on a major ally. After
The Trump Shutdown Is an Environmental Crisis

The Trump Shutdown Is an Environmental Crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency employs about 13,000 people to protect Americans from pollution. Last week, fewer than 900 were working, the rest having been furloughed due to the government
Why Is Greece Such a Hot Spot of Left-Wing Terrorism?

Why Is Greece Such a Hot Spot of Left-Wing Terrorism?

The posh Athenian neighborhood of Kolonaki is a hilly expanse of high-end boutiques, jewelry shops, museums, and art galleries. It’s an area of relatively untouched wealth, and even at the tail end of
Welcome to the Next Two Years in America

Welcome to the Next Two Years in America

“We are getting crushed!” So exclaimed President Trump to his chief of staff in response to media coverage of the government shutdown, according to The New York Times. This is an accurate description
This Is Not Normal. This Is Not Normal. This Is Not Normal.

This Is Not Normal. This Is Not Normal. This Is Not Normal.

The Trump International Hotel enjoys an enviable location in the nerve center of American governance. It stands on Pennsylvania Avenue, situated roughly midway between the White House and the Capitol.
Edith Espinal Has Spent 18 Months Hiding From ICE in a Church.
How Much Longer Will the Authorities Let Her Stay?

Edith Espinal Has Spent 18 Months Hiding From ICE in a Church. How Much Longer Will the Authorities Let Her Stay?

There’s little about Ohio’s Columbus Mennonite Church that marks it as a sanctuary. Only a small cardboard sign by the parking lot proclaims, in English, Spanish, and Arabic, “No matter where you are
A Coal Baron’s Takeover of the EPA Is Nearly Complete

A Coal Baron’s Takeover of the EPA Is Nearly Complete

A few weeks after President Donald Trump moved into the White House, he received a memo from one of his biggest campaign donors: Robert Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy, America’s largest private coal
Francis Fukuyama’s Shrinking Idea

Francis Fukuyama’s Shrinking Idea

There’s an intriguing phenomenon in publishing you could call the One Great Idea book. Usually written by a leading senior scholar in an interdisciplinary field such as international relations,
Who’s Afraid of Bernie Sanders? A Lot of Democrats, Apparently.

Who’s Afraid of Bernie Sanders? A Lot of Democrats, Apparently.

In the wake of Bernie Sanders’s loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary, some people argued that, as Vanity Fair put it, he “won in the end” because his race had “a profound, and
The Real Villain of Fyre Festival

The Real Villain of Fyre Festival

“Honestly I can’t believe this documentary—there’s two of ‘em.” Against the strains of “Build Me Up Buttercup,” this is how the Hulu documentary Fyre Fraud draws to a close. The disbelieving
How Much Do You Trust Bill Barr?

How Much Do You Trust Bill Barr?

Bill Barr, the once and likely future attorney general, had one mission on Capitol Hill on Tuesday: convince the Senate that he would be an honorable man. In a day-long confirmation hearing before the
Stop Indulging the Fantasy of a Trump Primary Challenge

Stop Indulging the Fantasy of a Trump Primary Challenge

Elizabeth Warren, Julián Castro, and Tulsi Gabbard have all already announced plans to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. By summer, they will be joined by as many as two dozen other
Resistance Training

Resistance Training

Since Donald Trump became president, the United States has seen over 20,000 street protests. While this number includes some pro-Trump rallies, most of the events voiced opposition to the
The Philosophical Roots of Today’s Immigration Debate

The Philosophical Roots of Today’s Immigration Debate

When Hegel wrote that the owl of Minerva flies at dusk, he meant that philosophy makes sense of the world only retrospectively: After the world has given birth to a reality, the philosophers arrive on
Some of the Biggest Green Groups Have Cold Feet Over the “Green New Deal”

Some of the Biggest Green Groups Have Cold Feet Over the “Green New Deal”

By now, every member of Congress should have received a very long letter about the Green New Deal. Sent by 626 environmental groups on Thursday, the letter calls on lawmakers to support the idea,
Did the FBI “Overstep” by Investigating Trump?

Did the FBI “Overstep” by Investigating Trump?

In the chaotic days after President Donald Trump abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in May of 2017, FBI officials opened an investigation into whether he was a Russian intelligence asset,
What’s So Controversial About a Medieval Nun’s Teeth?

What’s So Controversial About a Medieval Nun’s Teeth?

When an academic makes a research breakthrough, two things can happen in the public consciousness: nothing, or something. It’s hard to know which is worse. Let’s say you’re a physicist who discovers a
Mommy and Data

Mommy and Data

In 2009, Piraye Yurttas Beim, a molecular biologist from Texas, started pitching investors on her vision for a new kind of women’s health company. The startup she had founded, Celmatix, would bring
Five Dealbreakers for Confirming Trump’s Next Attorney General

Five Dealbreakers for Confirming Trump’s Next Attorney General

Bill Barr is no stranger to the Senate confirmation process. President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next attorney general already went through it twice before, first to serve as deputy attorney