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April 23, 2014

ECONOMICS

Conservatives Miss the Main Liberal Argument on Unemployment Benefits—The One That's Proving Correct

It's only three months of evidence so far, but it supports the liberal position.

BY DANNY VINIK

April 22, 2014

TV

SUPREME COURT

Liberals Should Be Happy About the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Decision

It's entirely in keeping with the judicial restraint we've been urging right-wing justices to observe. And it could have been much worse.

BY JEFFREY ROSEN

RUSSIA

Putin Is Using WWII for Propaganda Because It's the Best Memory That Russia Has

A joke is making the rounds among Vladimir Putin’s opponents in Moscow: His two main accomplishments as Russia's president are Yuri Gagarin’s trip to space and Russia’s victory in World War II. This biting bit of sarcasm, which takes a swing at Pupin's populist rhetoric, actually gets at something much deeper. It reflects Putin’s vision of the country’s development as well as the style in which he communicates with his citizens and the international community. And yet, though people in Russia understand him, those in the West do not. BY TIKHON DZYADKO

TROLLS

This Infamous Hacker Went to Prison for Trolling AT&T. Now He Wants to Troll Wall Street.

He went to prison for exposing an Internet security flaw. He says he won't stop—and now wants to profit from doing so.

BY EMMETT RENSIN

BOOKS

Thomas Piketty Is Absolutely Right

Here's everything you need to know about 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'

BY ROBERT M. SOLOW

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

If That Crazy Nevada Rancher Had Cried Religious Liberty, the GOP Would Have His Back

Poor Cliven Bundy—his anti-government claptrap didn't impress rule-of-law conservatives. Too bad he didn't follow Hobby Lobby's lead.

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Roberts Court: States Can Ban Affirmative Action

The latest nail in the coffin for racial preference in admissions.

BY NORA CAPLAN-BRICKER

UKRAINE

MEDICAID

Republicans Prove They're Deadly Serious About Fighting Medicaid Expansion

GOP legislatures are committed to to insuring that their poorest constituents remain uninsured in perpetuity.

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

RELIGION

Atheists: Here's What You Could Learn From Religious People About Winning Debates

We can turn the tables on these people. They’re the ones making unevidenced claims about reality, not us.

BY JERRY A. COYNE

MIXED SIGNALS

Elizabeth Warren to Hillary Clinton: Don't Get Too Comfortable

In a new book, Elizabeth Warren is saying things Hillary should find nice. But actions speak louder than words. 

BY NOAM SCHEIBER

BOOK COVERS

The Most Bizarrely Sexual 'Lolita' Book Covers

The oversexed, hyper-titillating cover art that's slapped on Lolita is incredibly bizarre—and discomfiting.

BY HILLARY KELLY

SEX

Study: Almost Half of Men Last Less Than Two Minutes in Bed

But the strange thing is just who is most bothered by this

BY ALICE ROBB

April 21, 2014

PARENTHOOD

Why I Stopped Speaking to My Daughter in a Foreign Language

Our experiment to raise a bilingual child made me rethink my relationship with my mother's country, and who I really am.
BY NOAM SCHEIBER

RESOURCES

The Politics of Climate Change Stink. That's Why 'Think Globally, Act Locally' Is Back

This Earth Day, it seems environmental politicking has come full circle

BY JEFFREY BALL

POLITICS

The Republican Party's Plan to Retake the Senate Is Falling Apart

It could lead to a filibuster-proof Democratic majority in 2017.

BY DANNY VINIK

MEDIA

Quiz: Can You Spot the Difference Between Frank Bruni and Focus on the Family?

For a while now, Frank Bruni has been using his New York Times column to write what are essentially Hallmark Cards. "As good as we humans are at division, we’re better still at connection," Bruni recently informed his readers. Sunday's column, however, managed to plumb new depths. Bruni wrote a piece entirely about the value of...yes, family. BY ISAAC CHOTINER

FROM THE STACKS

Vladimir Nabokov on the Sins of Translation and the Greatest Russian Short Story

Three grades of evil can be discerned in the queer world of verbal transmigration.

BY VLADIMIR NABOKOV

SCOTUS

TV

EDUCATION

How Bad Is China's Moral Crisis?

The rapid modernization of a country whose social structure was traditionally determined by strict hierarchy has ignited huge moral anxieties.

BY ALICE ROBB

IMMIGRATION

What It Will Take for Obama to Satisfy His Immigration Critics

Immigration advocates push Obama to "go big" with his executive authority. 

BY NORA CAPLAN-BRICKER

UKRAINE

While We Praise Ukrainian Restraint, Putin Builds His Neo-Soviet Empire

Does the Kremlin view Kiev’s judiciousness and restraint as acquiescence to Putin’s aggression?

BY ADAM MICHNIK

MEDICARE

Privatization or Bust: The Big Reveal in Ryan's Latest Medicare Plan

Earlier this month, Loren Adler—a policy analyst at the Center for a Responsible Federal Budget—noticed a highly technical, but pivotal change to Paul Ryan's plan to overhaul Medicare.It's gotten little press, but it's pretty big news that Ryan has shifted to premium support based on avg bid with no cap. BY BRIAN BEUTLER

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