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July 30, 2015

The Long March Toward Medicare

Medicare and Medicaid became law 50 years ago today. It took nearly as long make it so.

Ray Rice Doesn’t Deserve a Second Chance in the NFL

A pro football career should not be a reward for a domestic abuser’s contrition.

July 29, 2015

Scott Walker's Philly Screwup Wasn't Ordering American on His Cheesesteak

There's nothing wrong with that. But cutting the line, and leaving a mess? How rude.

What Will Obama's Biggest Proposed Climate Action to Date Really Look Like?

The White House says a final climate plan will be stronger than the draft. Will it?

National Review's Bad Conscience

Why the magazine is quick to accuse liberals of fascism and Nazism.

Cecil the Lion Has Nothing to Do With Your Politics

Encouraging people to see their priorities reflected in distant tragedies is a valuable thing, but only when the connections are real.

Pope Francis Against the World

The backlash from liberals and conservatives alike is good for his mission.

Hospitals Are Only Safer Than Home Births if You’re Poor

A new study shows the value of hospitals when it comes to childbirth. 

July 28, 2015

Stop Capitalizing the Word Internet

Dictionaries and style guides treat it as a proper noun, but no one else does.

Hillary Clinton Keeps Ducking Questions About the Keystone Pipeline

How many different ways can she say "no comment"? Let's count them.

Floods are Getting Worse, and America’s Coasts Are Unprepared

The number of "compound flood events" has increased in coastal American cities in the past century.

Intersection Episode 1: ‘Intersectionality, and Queering Marriage’

In Intersection’s first episode, Alexander Chee and Linda Villarosa talk marriage equality, Kimberle Crenshaw explains the origins of intersectionality, and a surprise guest talks about growing up in a queer family.

This Teenage Duo Could Be the Future of Music—for Better and Worse

Independent musicians Jack & Jack topped Taylor Swift and Rihanna on iTunes last week. That's a reason to celebrate, and worry.

Building a Kinder, Gentler Deportation Machine

Obama wants to fix his immigration policy, but Republicans might make it worse.

July 27, 2015

A Passion for the Void

Understanding Clarice Lispector’s strange and surreal fiction.

Caitlyn Jenner’s New TV Show Is Too Sincere for Its Own Good

Caitlyn Jenner wants to use her massive platform for good. Where does that leave her reality show?

Why I’m Not Watching the David Foster Wallace Movie: He Taught Me Not To

He was addicted to entertainment but thought it caused “a sort of emptiness.”

Would Republicans Support the Americans with Disabilities Act Today?

The law passed at a time when Republicans weren’t unanimously opposed to using federal power in service of the common good.

Hillary Clinton's Climate-Change Plan Is Anything But Comprehensive

She hasn't answered any of the most controversial questions yet.

Ted Cruz Isn't Wrong to Call Watchmen's Rorschach a Hero

The character is the moral center of the comics book, rather than a satire of right-wing superheroes.

July 26, 2015

Bobby Jindal’s Opiate for the Masses

The Louisiana governor made prayer his first priority after the Lafayette shooting. That’s not nearly enough.

Conservatives Are Holding a Conversation About Race

An ugly term—“cuckservative”—crystallizes a Republican Party crisis.

July 24, 2015

Is Worrying a Modernist Invention?

A new book delves into the history of this singular, overpowering emotion.

Bobby Jindal Enabled Louisiana's Gun Violence Problem

The governor has suspended his presidential campaign, but don't expect him to reverse his incredibly lax gun policies.

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