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Progressive Protesters Are Ready for Trump. Thanks, Obama.

Donald Trump’s presidency won’t begin for two weeks, but activism against his presidency is well underway. On Tuesday, House Republicans dropped their plan to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics

Walking Dully Along: A Dispatch From Istanbul

A sparrow was sipping water from a half-filled glass in an Istanbul café Wednesday morning. Customers had their lunch outside, thanks to the warm weather, and chatted about the latest episode of
Ten Films We’re Looking Forward To In 2017

Ten Films We’re Looking Forward To In 2017

We know you’re still getting caught up on the big Oscar contenders, but 2017 is here and we’re already blown away by some of the offerings on the schedule. Since last year was a particularly excellent

The Republican Roots and Grave Risks of Donald Trump’s Hostility to NATO

President-elect Donald Trump has shocked America’s European allies yet again. In a joint interview with the Times of London and German publication Bild, he denigrated NATO as “obsolete” and added, “A

The Art of Revealing Your Salary

There is nothing I’m more curious about than money. Whenever I visit a friend’s apartment, I wonder how much they pay in rent. Whenever I’m at a museum, I wish the title placards included a price. I

What Makes a Weed Website Racist?

When I recently suggested to Derek Riedle, the founder of a new digital publication focused on “highbrow cannabis culture,” that his website may be racist, he was mortified. I had expected that Riedle

We Are Entering the Great Unknown. It’s Scary as Hell.

President-elect Donald Trump, as is his wont, has been making contradictory statements all month about the fate of Obamacare, variously stating that he favors and opposes House Speaker Paul Ryan’s
The Ten Most Intriguing Films at Sundance

The Ten Most Intriguing Films at Sundance

The films that debuted at Sundance last year were a particularly strong group, including Manchester by the Sea, Little Men, Christine, Certain Women and O.J.: Made in America, to say nothing of the

Wayne Barrett, The Best Reporter I Ever Knew

My first day working for Wayne Barrett in the fall of 2004, I was one of six terrified interns, all of us sitting in a windowless room at The Village Voice, listening to a man in Brooklyn barking

Attend Trump’s Inauguration? This Democratic Congressman Literally Took a Hike.

Jamie Raskin is taking the concept of Democrats in the wilderness to a whole new level. It’s late afternoon on Inauguration Day—overcast and cool, though decidedly warm for January in Washington,

Donald Trump Is Becoming an Authoritarian Leader Before Our Very Eyes

The Central Intelligence Agency is expert at estimating crowd sizes. When trying to figure out whether a protest in some foreign hotspot could turn into a revolution, the CIA uses satellite imagery to

The White Nationalists Come to Washington

Matthew Heimbach, who at various points in his career has been called “the little Führer” and “the affable, youthful face of hate in America,” was wearing a pair of blue pajama pants decorated with

When the White Nationalists Came to Washington

Matthew Heimbach, who at various points in his career has been called “the little Führer” and “the affable, youthful face of hate in America,” was wearing a pair of blue pajama pants decorated with

The Media Failed to Prepare Americans for the Trump Whiplash

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in the House, met with President Donald Trump and other congressional leaders at the White House on Monday. Afterward, she spoke with reporters at the

How Radicals Can Help Each Other

There’s a tension at the heart of biographies of radicals. No matter how much they emphasize the “times” in their exploration of “the life and times,” biographies are pushed by the conventions of the

Yes, Betsy DeVos Deserves the Third Degree From Democrats

Betsy DeVos’s Senate confirmation hearing last week was, by most accounts, a train wreck. The education secretary nominee aired extreme views that alarmed public education advocates, but she also

Trump Is Already Betraying the White Working Class

President Donald Trump’s first big betrayal of his supporters this week was his acknowledgement on Wednesday that American taxpayers will pay for the construction of his proposed border wall with

Trump and May’s Relationship Isn’t Special. It’s Desperate.

Since the Second World War, British prime ministers have had two overriding foreign policy goals: to their country’s “special relationship” with the United States (the phrase was coined in 1944 by

What Just Happened?! A Review of President Trump’s First Week.

As the dour Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran wrote, “Chaos is rejecting all you have learned. Chaos is being yourself.” President Donald Trump fits the description snugly. He rejects new information

America Now Looks Like the Past, Not the Future

Iranian scientist Samira Asgari was one of many people from around the world caught in President Donald Trump’s executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the