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August 26, 2014

I Hated English Class, Until We Read Nabokov

For years, I hid my book-loving self from my classmates. 

What Amazon Knows—and You Don't—About the Future of Video Games

Amazon spent a million bucks on Twitch. These charts prove it was worth it. 

Critics of the United Nations' Relief Agency in Gaza Don't Have Their Facts Straight

Without the UN's herculean efforts, civil society in Gaza would have already collapsed.

TV Still Has An Inferiority Complex

So here’s my advice for next year: 2015 Emmy host Jon Hamm. 

Bashar Al Assad Is Laying a Deadly Ambush for Obama in Syria

In this case, the enemy of our enemy is NOT our friend.

Better Late Than Never: Obamacare Gets a C.E.O.

It would have been nice to have somebody in charge before last year's debacle, but better late than never.

I Was Kidnapped While Reporting in Syria. The Risk Wasn't Worth It.

"This wasn’t my country, it wasn’t my war, and now I would die for it in a horrible way."

Republicans Think They Can Win the Uber Vote. This Data Suggests Otherwise.

Uber is a city app. Urban millennials are liberal. Do the math.

Highway to Hell

"The finest foreign coverage The New Republic ever ran."

The Coming Conservative Tax Cut Deficits Will Make Bush's Look Puny

Reform conservatives will have to surrender to Democrats or to voodoo economics.

The Burger King Backlash Could Hurt the Republican Party

Republicans will look foolish protecting firms that want to opt out of the U.S. tax system.

The Real-Life Piper from "Orange Is the New Black" Talks Courtroom Fashion

The inspiration behind 'Orange Is The New Black' talks about a piece of clothing she's never forget.

August 25, 2014

This One Congressional Race Epitomizes the GOP's Increasing Extremism

A Wisconsin seat is likely to shift from a NAACP member to an MLK Day-condemner.

We're Stuck With the Global Warming "Hiatus" Myth for Years to Come

And no amount of science can convince the deniers.

When Are Metafictional Games a Mask For Laziness?

The complex literary stylings of Ben Lerner are as stunning as ever.

Beyonce's VMA Performance Was the Feminist Moment I've Been Waiting For

Behold one of the most powerful pop-culture messages of my lifetime.

Scott Walker's Race for Governor Could Shape U.S. Politics for Years to Come

Stop obsessing over the Senate. Wisconsin is the real battleground.

ISIS's New Mag Looks Like a New York Glossy—With Pictures of Mutilated Bodies

The Islamic State is getting into the publishing business.

The Hague Treats War Criminals More Humanely Than Gitmo Treats Its Detainees

How does life these two detention centers compare? Unfavorably for the U.S.

VIDEO: Pro-Russian Separatists Egg POWs in the Streets of Donetsk

Reminder: It’s a war crime to humiliate prisoners of war.

Why Free Birth Control Is a Big Deal

Conservatives want to know why it's such a big deal that Obamacare pay for contraception. Maybe they should ask a woman.

Burger King Wants to Become Canadian to Avoid U.S. Taxes

Congress needs to close this absurd tax loophole.

Primetime TV Is More Diverse Than It's Ever Been. Why Now?

With "Black-ish" and "Cristela," network comedy is mining race, ethnicity, and cultural assimilation for laughs. 

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