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April 24, 2014

TV

TV Needs to Stop Treating Mental Illness as a Superpower

ABC's "Black Box" is an absurdly clumsy example of one of pop culture's most noxious tropes.

BY ESTHER BREGER

RACISM

Racist Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy Reveals the Depths of Conservative White Supremacism Denial

For the right as a whole, Cliven Bundy is symptomatic of a very big problem.

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

SMOKING

The FDA Is Regulating E-Cigarettes—But Should It Do More?

They may not help people quit smoking—and they might cause more people to start.

BY DARSHAK SANGHAVI

UKRAINE

INTERNET

Sad But True: The Only Way to Save the Open Internet Requires Sucking Up to Corporate Titans

The grassroots only win when they have big business on their side.

BY DAVID DAYEN

SUPREME COURT

Sonia Sotomayor Is a National Treasure—and This Dissent Shows Why

The justice's emotional language about race and class in America didn't win out over her conservative colleagues. But it distilled the issue in ways that will affect anyone who reads it.

BY DAVID FONTANA

TECH

Obama Has Not Kept His Promise to Enforce Net Neutrality

The FCC's proposed rules could open the door to more discrimination of Internet traffic.

BY JOHN B. JUDIS AND LINDA KINSTLER

ECONOMICS

You Have to Smoke E-Cigarettes for This Many Days Before Saving Money Over Tobacco

E-cigarettes have high up-front costs, but are cheaper in the long run.

BY DANNY VINIK

IMMIGRATION

The GOP Is Still Demanding More Deportations—and Staying Silent on Reform

Obama's efforts to reform the immigration system are angering Republicans.

BY NORA CAPLAN-BRICKER

BASEBALL

Michael Pineda’s Foul Ball

A pine tar controversy provides a peek into the intricate world of baseball's unwritten rules.

BY MARC TRACY

FILM

'Locke' is the Best New Film of the Year

Locke is a film in which the locusts and the furies of confusion come to life. Go see it.  

BY DAVID THOMSON

POLITICS

Conservatives Hold the Line, Offer Weak Defense of Racist Rancher As Martyr for Liberty

I had assumed that Cliven Bundy's lapse into slaver nostalgia would augur the end of his martyr status on the right. But I was wrong. BY BRIAN BEUTLER

CONSERVATISM

Surprise! Another Conservative Folk Hero Turns Out to Be a Racist.

Cliven Bundy argues that slavery, not segregation, was truly the golden age for "the negroes."

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

ECONOMICS

What Would the World Look Like with Piketty's Global Tax on Wealth?

By now, you’ve probably heard of Thomas Piketty, the 42-year-old French economist and author of Capital in the Twenty First Century. Piketty has become something of a rock star in the economics world. Capital has been sold out for weeks and is No. 1 on Amazon’s bestseller list. He’s currently on tour—drawing overflow crowds to bookstores and lecture halls in Washington D.C., New York, Boston and San Francisco. BY DANNY VINIK

BOOKS

Piketty's 'Capital': A Hit That Was, Wasn't, Then Was Again

Here's the story of how a 700-page French economics book topped Amazon—and sent a small publisher scrambling.

BY MARC TRACY

OBAMACARE

Maybe Those Obamacare Plan Cancellations Weren't As Bad As You've Heard

Of course, that would suggest the media overhyped the story. And that never happens.

BY JONATHAN COHN

2014 ELECTIONS

Republicans Have a Good Map. That Doesn't Mean Obamacare's a Winning Issue.

If Obamacare recedes as an issue, Republicans might start wishing they hadn't staked everything on it.

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

April 23, 2014

WALL STREET

Michael Lewis: "I Feel Such Despair at How the Government Responded to the Financial Crisis"

In an interview, the 'Moneyball' author talks about Wall Street, his changing politics, and the French Marxist who's competing with him on the bestseller list.

BY ISAAC CHOTINER

PSYCHOLOGY

Is Russia Suffering From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

A psychological explanation for Russia's behavior in Ukraine.

BY SEAN GUILLORY

POLITICS

Barack Obama and the Inconvenience of History

Obama is abandoning Ukraine to its fate. Just as he has with so many others.

BY LEON WIESELTIER

FILM

60 Years of History in 30 Seconds

Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch. 

BY DAVID THOMSON

LAW

The Obama Administration Just Got Busted Over Excessive Secrecy—Again

Until Obama is more transparent, the public debate will be dominated by Rand Paul and Code Pink's conspiracy theories.

BY SAM KLEINER

OBAMACARE

Now Republicans Are Upset Obamacare Doesn't Help More People

House GOP leaders say they are upset so many people are still uninsured. Yeah, right.

BY JONATHAN COHN

PHOTOS

Photos: The Haunting Beauty of Farm Technology

The hidden beauty in everyday farm objects.

BY MAIA BOOKER

CULTURE

A Rock Star's Brother Made A Documentary. What It Says About Sibling Rivalry.

Psychologists' studies show that a shared family experience isn’t what makes you similar, it’s what drives you to become unique.

BY SARAH SLOAT

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