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Brewing trouble

CRAFT beer lovers wishing to sample the wares of the Sweetwater Brewery in Atlanta must go to strange lengths to do so when visiting. After purchasing a memento glass for $10, the thirsty are awarded ten tickets to swap for samples of Sweetwater ales. Show More Summary

Not persuaded

IT IS almost impossible to change people's opinions on divisive political issues by arguing with them. This is rather depressing for opinion journalists and others in the advocacy business, but the social-science research is fairly conclusive. Show More Summary

A taxing decision

WITH its five conservative, Catholic men, three liberal women and Justice Breyer, today's Supreme Court seems predictably ideological. The retirements of Sandra Day O'Connor, David Souter and John Paul Stevens over the past decade—three...Show More Summary

Waffling hawks

IT'S hard admitting a mistake. Over the course of four days last week, Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida and Republican presidential hopeful, could not quite decide how to answer an obvious question about the war in Iraq, which his younger brother George W. Show More Summary

A company town without a company

“DID you like it?” asks Cecil Klopfenstein, a bearded volunteer at the information desk of the Studebaker National Museum. The 85-year-old is noticeably proud of the museum’s permanent exhibition, which retraces the glorious, 100-plus-year history of Studebaker, a wagon-maker turned carmaker. Show More Summary

Disarming warrior cops

ON MAY 18th Barack Obama will bar the federal government from providing some military equipment to American police...Continue reading

A death sentence

DZHOKHAR TSARNAEV was sentenced to death on May 15th by a federal jury for setting off bombs that killed three spectators and injured scores more at the 2013 Boston Marathon. The verdict was a surprise. Capital punishment has been banned in Massachusetts since 1987, and polls show that few in the state support the practice. Show More Summary

A choice, not an echo

WILL Elizabeth Warren run for president? The question is worth asking because Ms Warren (pictured), a senator from Massachusetts, rebuffs fans with the phrase "I am not running"—that is, she prefers the present tense, leaving open the possibility that this could change. Show More Summary

Tribal loyalties

ON TUESDAY my colleague wrote a post criticising the "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" (BDS) movement on American campuses for making unrealistic demands of Israel that can only lead to more rancour and retard a peaceful solution. I agree with much of the post, but I think it suffers from a misplaced lack of pessimism. Show More Summary


WHEN allies demand the impossible from Barack Obama, it is rarely enough for him to say no. Something deep within him makes him explain—often in public—why foreign partners are mistaken about their own interests. On Thursday six Gulf...Show More Summary

Edward Snowden in the primaries

LAST week a federal appeals court panel ruled that the NSA's indiscriminate hoovering of phone-call metadata, first revealed by the leaks of Edward Snowden, is not authorised by the Patriot Act. The pertinent section of the anti-terror...Show More Summary

Are calls to boycott Israel anti-Semitic?

DEBATES over Israeli policy, and particularly over the country's treatment of Palestinians, have long been fixtures on college campuses. But it seems these intellectual tussles are growing both more frequent and more fraught, according to a recent article in the New York Times. Show More Summary

Spend, spend, spend

BILL DE BLASIO, New York’s mayor, has had a somewhat fraught relationship with the city’s police department. At a time when public trust in the NYPD has been flagging, many officers have accused him of throwing them under the bus. Nerves...Show More Summary

Soothing mama, harming baby

MANY expectant mothers find themselves the victims of friendly advice. Pregnant women seen sipping coffee or alcohol, or sneaking a puff from a cigarette, are often subjected to some uninvited counselling, or at least a few harsh looks. Show More Summary

Keeping up appearances

CHIEF Justice John Roberts did something last week that he hasn’t done in three years: side with the liberal justices against his conservative friends on the Supreme Court. The occasion was a case involving a would-be judge in Florida,...Show More Summary

The soft bigotry of lazy abstraction

THE civil unrest in Baltimore in response to the death of Freddie Gray has reignited an old debate about the relationship between culture and poverty. The battle lines have been drawn in the opinion pages of the New York Times. On Friday...Show More Summary

A liberal idea

GAY marriage is illegal in Georgia, and only spouses can adopt a child jointly. This was a problem for Elizabeth Wurz, whose son recently fell ill. Because her female partner is the only mother recognised on paper, Ms Wurz found herself struggling to convince paramedics that she, too, is a legal guardian. Show More Summary

In a jam

SITTING in traffic is the worst. It’s frustrating and infuriating. But even the worst jams are fairly forgettable. At some point the congestion clears, riders reach their destination and the story is over. After all, who cares about a traffic jam? The Department of Justice cares. Show More Summary

Dangerous cocktails

WHEN states began using lethal injection to execute criminals in the late 1970s, the idea was to make state killing more humane. This method allowed states to retire their electric chairs, and it was quietly effective for a couple of decades. Show More Summary

The lessons of Baltimore

THE last time a major East Coast American city rioted in the way Baltimore did last night was in 1968, after the murder of Martin Luther King junior. In the neighbourhoods of West Baltimore, where the broken glass and burning cars are...Show More Summary

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