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July 7, 2015

My Idol, the "Worst Rapper Ever"

A passionate book can elevate even the most obscure rapper, with the weakest rhymes.

Rihanna Is No Pam Grier

"BBHMM" puts a materialistic spin on a social-justice blaxploitation classic.

Three South Carolina Senators Voted to Keep the Confederate Flag Flying. Here’s Their Reasoning.

One senator claims the flag had nothing to do with the Charleston massacre.

Obama’s Agenda Is Helping Hillary by Cornering Republicans

Obama’s victories will become Clinton’s when the GOP vows to undo them.

July 6, 2015

Clarence Thomas Deserves Criticism. Just Leave His Race Out of It.

George Takei’s “blackface” remark reflects a broader problem with liberal attacks on the reactionary justice.

How “Back to the Future” Helped Make Me a Feminist

30 years after its release, a look at Back to the Future’s messages.

Robots Might Save the Humanities

After all, what will we do with our time? How will we live lives of meaningful leisure?

U.S. Women Won the World Cup—And Earned Four Times Less Than the Men

The Women’s World Cup winners walked away with only six percent of what the male champions earned.

Greece’s Crisis Won’t Be Fixed by the “No” Vote

The "no" vote put Greece right back where it started, a year and a half ago, when it elected Syriza. 

Hillary Clinton—She’s Just Like Us!

The guilty pleasure of reading politicians’ emails.

July 5, 2015

The Wrong Way to Stop Prostitution

Visa and MasterCard won’t work with Backpage.com anymore. That won’t help sex workers.

July 3, 2015

What the New $10 Bill Should Really Look Like

After all, the average woman makes only 78 percent of what a man makes. Black and Latina women make even less.

This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet

Americans already hold more responsibility for climate change than the rest of the world. Don't make it worse.

“It’s Time That Writing Took Something Back From the Internet”

The internet has changed us, and, in turn, changed the role of the novel. Joshua Cohen tells us where—and how—they intersect. 

The Queen of American Gothic

For the writer Shirley Jackson, the poison was always in the sugar pot—and that was her charm. 

The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Deported From Ireland

A review of acclaimed director Ken Loach's latest movie, Jimmy's Hall.

July 2, 2015

Guacamole Is Just an Appetizer. America’s Pea Lobby Has Crazier Plans.

The pea’s plans for world domination have just begun.

Clinton and Sanders Have a Shared Weakness, and Martin O’Malley Is Exploiting It

O’Malley is quickly becoming a favorite among environmentalists.

Ted Cruz Is Right: The Supreme Court Needs Term Limits

But judicial elections are not the answer.

July 1, 2015

The KKK Understands Exactly What the Confederate Flag Symbolizes: White Power

The rally planned for South Carolina’s capitol settles this debate.

Why You Couldn’t Care Less About the Greek Crisis

We know you don’t care about Greece’s euro crisis. We got a psychologist to explain why.

The Confederate Flag Is a Racist Symbol. Just Ask the KKK.

By supporting the flag in South Carolina, they’re really supporting a man who murdered nine black Americans.

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