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April 20, 2015

All Apologies

A new Kurt Cobain documentary reminds us of what could have been.

Gods and Profits

Two new books looks at the way the two became intertwined.

The Bot Bubble

How click farms have inflated social media currency.

Ben Affleck Was Wrong, But Henry Louis Gates Made It Worse

Helping Ben Affleck hide a family history of slavery is what's truly shameful.

The Trauma of Writing About Trauma

Writers detail the nightmares they get from reporting on war, racism, and rape.

What 'Felix and Meira' Gets Right About Leaving Hasidic Life

Feliz and Meira, a new movie about a love affair in the cloistered world of Hasidic Jews, shows how hard it is to choose freedom.

Obamacare Is More Popular Than It Seems—If You Discount These People's Opinions

Those who support repealing the Affordable Care Act reside disproportionately on the periphery of the law itself.

April 19, 2015

Object Lesson

Why we need physical books.

The Ghost of Cornel West

President Obama betrayed him. He’s stopped publishing new work. He’s alienated his closest friends and allies. What happened to America’s most exciting black scholar? 

Five Years After the Deepwater Horizon Disaster, Is Offshore Drilling Any Safer?

The oil industry is painting a cheery narrative of the years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster to encourage the Obama administration to go even further in opening up the ocean for drilling.

Have Pollsters Become Too Powerful?

The scary tale of a poll that may have cost the United Kingdom $67 billion over the next decade.

April 17, 2015

Who Is Fair Game for Public Shaming? Here's a Media Rulebook.

Does ESPN's Britt McHenry count? Maybe. But the woman who flipped her middle finger in Arlington National Cemetery doesn't.

America's Political Obsession With the "Middle Class" Hurts Workers

Clinton didn't refer specifically to the middle class in her announcement, but should she have? Yes and no.

Martin O'Malley Just Jumped to the Left of Elizabeth Warren. Your Move, Hillary.

He wants a $15 minimum wage. That makes political sense, but not economic sense.

Cut Taxes or Expand Medicaid? Florida Governor Rick Scott Is in Quite a Pickle.

What do Republicans like more than tax cuts? Denying insurance to a million poor people.

Science Fiction's White Boys' Club Strikes Back

The conservative backlash isn't entirely about attempts to diversify science fiction; it's also motivated by a nostalgia for an imaginary past.

April 16, 2015

Obama's Intraparty Trade Fight Has Officially Begun

This is only going to get uglier as the bill advances.

Republicans Are Trying to Fight Abortion with Ignorance

A North Carolina Republican's bill threatens the state's medical schools, and shows how they've lost the argument about abortion.

Two Ways Clinton Can Make Voters Care About Climate Change

Climate change doesn't have to be an afterthought.

Dispirited

Spirit Airlines has helped to legitimize practices that treat passengers, in the words of one consumer watchdog, like “meat in a seat.”

Pope Francis's Populist War on the Devil

Why his belief in good and evil is as radical as his politics.

April 15, 2015

Obama Mentor Laurence Tribe Is Pitting Obamacare Supporters Against Environmentalists

If he were right, he’d be confronting liberals with the greatest Sophie’s choice in recent political memory.

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