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The Supreme Court Is Losing Its Luster

In her iconic rendition of “Proud Mary,” Tina Turner begins with a sultry hiss: Sometimes we like to do things nice and easy. But we never like to do things completely nice and easy, because sometimes we like to do things nice…and rough!...Show More Summary

Why Donald Trump is Hillary Clinton’s Dream Opponent

It’s surprising how explicitly the 2016 election has been about genitals. Republican presidential candidates have often been fixated on manhood, but just like with other themes of conservative politics of the last few decades, subtlety has gone out the window. Show More Summary

Why Is Obama Convinced His Wall Street Reforms Work?

President Barack Obama met with his financial regulatory chieftains on Monday, and I got the distinct impression that something was on his mind. See if you can figure it out. “The laws we have passed have worked,” Obama said, referring o the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform legislation. Show More Summary

Taryn Simon’s Floral Politik

Around 1:30 am on September 30, 1938, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, along with the British prime minister Neville Chamberlain and the French prime minister Édouard Daladier, signed a paper that handed over a swatch of Czechoslovakia to Nazi Germany. Show More Summary

Bernie Sanders Is the Ted Cruz of the Democratic Primary

Bernie Sanders has often been described as the Donald Trump of the Democratic Party. They are both abrasive, New York-born outsiders who are shaking the establishment. But in terms of the states he is winning, Sanders is closer to Ted Cruz, while Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is the one who really resembles Trump. Show More Summary

What Hillary Clinton Can Learn From David Duke

Ever since Donald Trump flubbed a question about former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, pundits have wondered whether Duke’s support will hurt Trump at the polls. But looking back at Duke’s own electoral history, perhaps we should...Show More Summary

The Dead of Downton Abbey

In the final scene of Upstairs, Downstairs, broadcast on PBS in the spring of 1977, the head house parlor maid Rose wanders hrough the empty townhouse at 165 Eaton Place, home to the Bellamy family since we met them in 1903. The year is now 1930, Mrs. Show More Summary

What Was a Weekend? Downton Abbey at the End

Downton Abbey was constructed on a flawed premise: In its desire to celebrate a vanished way of life while heralding the social change that would render it obsolete, the show was trapped in a contradiction. In its last season, Downton...Show More Summary

The Supreme Court’s Choice on Abortion

How far may states go to make abortion a constitutional right that is practically impossible to exercise? That was the critical question in today’s long-awaited oral argument in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. According to Texas,...Show More Summary

Has the Congressional Black Caucus Lost Its Conscience?

Throughout primary season, Hillary Clinton has dominated with African Americans, winning higher percentages than Barack Obama garnered against her in 2008. This can lead to a too-pat assumption that the black community represents a monolithic voting bloc, with identical concerns and preferences. Show More Summary

Knight of Cups: The Beautiful Sameness of Terrence Malick

In 2012, during a Newsweek actors’ roundtable, Christopher Plummer famously vowed he’d never work again with Terrence Malick, his director on the 2005 film The New World. “The problem with Terry, which I soon found out, is that he needs a writer desperately,” Plummer complained. Show More Summary

Grierson & Leitch Episode 6: Oscars Recap, Triple 9, and Gods of Egypt

Did you watch the Oscars? On this episode, Tim Grierson and Will Leitch discuss the year’s big winners, the show’s treatment of #OscarsSoWhite, Chris Rock’s hosting performance, and the importance of acceptance speeches. Grierson also...Show More Summary

Apple vs. the FBI vs. You

In the last few years, technological change has so closely tracked speculative fiction’s recent predictions that describing a technological development as “sci-fi” doesn’t mean very much. That said, in the recent case of FBI vs. Apple...Show More Summary

Bernie’s Revolution Is Too White to Win

Bernie Sanders will live to fight another day. The senator was expected to win overwhelmingly on Super Tuesday in his home state of Vermont, and his campaign would have stalled if that were the extent of his victory. But he won in Oklahoma,...Show More Summary

Donald Trump’s Nomination Will Have Real, Lasting Upsides

In 2008, Republicans suffered a landslide defeat after placing Sarah Palin on the ballot and setting her loose on the campaign trail, with the overwhelming approval of the conservative commentariat, to whip up an ugly right-wing populism. Show More Summary

Can Ted Cruz Survive Super Tuesday?

Ted Cruz’s imperiled, vaguely messianic campaign for president was bound to cause some to Remember the Alamo this week, even before Cruz started making rather ominous references to patriotic martyrdom on his own. “I am determined toShow More Summary

What Democrats Still Don’t Get About George McGovern

A specter is haunting the Democratic Party—“McGovernism.” In 1972, President Richard Nixon shellacked his Democratic opponent, George McGovern, by a 23-point margin in the popular vote. Following McGovern’s defeat, Democrats began running...Show More Summary

Oscars 2016: A Night of Hard Truths and Ludicrous Distractions

When I think back on the 2016 Oscars months from now, I’ll think of dozens of white people, with a billion more white people staring directly at their faces, trying to chuckle off into the distance while they wait for that asshole cameraman to go away already. Show More Summary

Leap Day: Fixing the Faults in Our Stars

The number 2016 divided by 4 equals 504, exactly—with no remainder, which makes the year 2016, like the upcoming years 2020, 2024, and 2028 (and beyond) a leap year. We will get an “extra” day, February 29. This pattern will repeat until 2100, when the cycle breaks. Show More Summary

Save the Last Dance

Just as college students have a window for reading The Brothers Karamazov, and middle-aged men have a few years in which to buy a little red Corvette, young women have a finite period in which they can figure out what is “dancing sexy,”...Show More Summary

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