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Steve Bannon Is Turning Trump Into an Ethno-Nationalist Ideologue

Steve Bannon, the ethno-nationalist former head of right-wing media outlet Breitbart, is “emerging as the most powerful person in the White House,” Washington Post columnist Paul Waldman noted on Wednesday. “ That’s not the problem; somebody has to occupy that perch. Show More Summary

Massachusetts’ Other Liberal Rising Star

Katherine Clark was tired of the moments of silence. After each mass shooting, legislators would file solemnly onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, proclaim their immense sadness and frustration over the latest tragedy, and bow their heads—then do nothing. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Is No Friend to Veterans

President Donald Trump loves veterans, or at least that’s what he would have us believe. “You’re amazing people, great people,” he told the Retired American Warriors PAC last October. “Our veterans, in many cases, are being treated worse than illegal immigrants, people that come into our country illegally,” he said last September. Show More Summary

Breaking Elgar’s Enigma

Bob Padgett used o work for large insurance companies in northern California, assessing property damage from fires and floods. But he was also a talented classical violinist, and he would moonlight for different orchestras, which is how he came o plumb a century-old mystery called the Enigma. Show More Summary

America’s New Opposition

In late October 2011, I was volunteering at the Occupy Wall Street library in lower Manhattan. Tucked into a corner of Zuccotti Park, the library was staffed mainly by anarchists of an exceedingly orderly bent. If society were suddenly...Show More Summary

Don’t Blame Politics for the Crisis at American Colleges

Between 1932 and 1934, the Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco toiled away on the masterwork that would christen the basement of Dartmouth College’s new library. The resulting mural—3,200 square feet of arresting visual narrative that maps out, as its title declares, “The Epic of American Civilization”—is more than a grand showpiece. Show More Summary

10 Ways to Take on Trump

The days since Trump’s inauguration have seen a stream of cabinet appointments and executive orders that have sparked outrage across the country. A new opposition is already forming, from the women’s march to mass protests against Trump’s ban on immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries. Show More Summary

The Left Needs to Get Real—and Get Ready to Lose Many Fights

One of the most baffling things that’s happened since congressional Democrats began organizing opposition to President Donald Trump and the GOP was when Elizabeth Warren—the Massachusetts senator whom many expected to help lead the Trump...Show More Summary

Silicon Valley’s Uneasy Muslim Ban Dance

The titans of Silicon Valley would have us believe that tech is different from other industries. It is socially progressive. It is diverse. It creates super-employee-friendly workplaces. It prides itself on not being evil. But the furor...Show More Summary

The Democrats Are Finally Growing a Spine. Maybe.

As a political performance, congressional Democrats’ rally on Monday against President Donald Trump’s immigration ban was more or less a debacle. On a cold night, hundreds of protesters showed up at the Supreme Court steps, but House members couldn’t even get the sound system working initially. Show More Summary

Trump Ignored All of Obama’s Advice—and Now He’s in a World of Trouble

Before he left office 11 days ago, President Barack Obama maintained that he didn’t want to become a figurehead for liberal opposition to Donald Trump’s presidency. “I believe in the wisdom that George Washington showed, that at a certain point, you make room for—for new voices and fresh legs,” he said. Show More Summary

The Progressive, Grown-Up Appeal of Adventure Time

When Adventure Time premiered in 2010, I was sixteen, and the first episode was widely sent around my high school with some variation on the line: Can you believe this kid’s show? It’s so trippy. It was that association with psychedelia...Show More Summary

The Case for Pessimism

After President Barack Obama took office eight years ago, conservatives were reminded that, to quote Adam Smith, there is a great deal of ruin in a nation. The right-wing depiction of Obama’s America was fantastically apocalyptic, but often drew upon truths. Show More Summary

T2 Trainspotting Is Proof You Can’t Go Home Again

For anybody who’s spent much time on dance floors in the last 20 years, the first few bars of Underworld’s “Born Slippy” are a portal. They take a person back to their younger self, a more reckless self. As the top commenter on the track...Show More Summary

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 Winston Churchill) and to promote the integration of Europe (as a way of preventing future wars). Show More Summary

The Lives Left Behind In a War-Torn Turkish Town

The Turkish town of Cizre, located on the southeastern border with Syria, lies at the intersection of antiquity and modernity. Legend has it that Noah, the biblical patriarch, was buried beneath the city after his ark washed up nearby, at the foot of Mount Judi. Show More Summary

Trump and the Republicans Are on a Suicide Mission Together

One of the things supposedly driving President Donald Trump to distraction, in what should be a celebratory first week in office, is that he isn’t getting a honeymoon period from the media and the general public. “Trump has been resentful,...Show More Summary

Trump’s Deep Insecurity Is Fueling His Most Extreme Plans

Those who expected the worst from President Donald Trump have every reason to feel vindicated. In the first six days of his presidency, two patterns are already evident. First, despite winning an election and being elevated to the position...Show More Summary

Book Publishing Is Not a Good Champion of Free Speech

While outrage greeted the announcement in December that Threshold Editions, a conservative imprint of Simon & Schuster, had agreed to publish a book by Milo Yiannopolous, an alt-right troll who has peddled misogyny and racism to moderate fame, things quieted down soon after. Show More Summary

The Myth of the Well-Behaved Women’s March

On October 5, 1789, a crowd of more than seven thousand women—fish sellers and bakers, working women from the markets, bourgeois “bonnet-wearing” women from the suburbs—marched the twelve miles from Paris to Versailles to demand King Louis XVI release his stores of grain. Show More Summary

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