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Hillary Clinton in 2016: The Actuarial Odds
August 19, 2013 Politics

Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers are unprecedented. She holds more than 60 percent of the Democratic primary vote, a figure usually reserved for popular sitting vice presidents—even though these polls pit her against a sitting vice president.

Against Antiheroes
August 17, 2013 TV

It's time to retire television's most overused buzzword.

The NYT’s Superegotistical Anti-Spitzer Endorsement

The New York Times endorsing Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer for New York City comptroller instead of Eliot Spi

The New Republic Is Wrong About Boycotting the Sochi Olympics
August 16, 2013 Counterpoint

The New Republic's Julia Ioffe argues in an article Thursday that a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next year would be “usele

Barack Obama's Bicycle-Riding Is a Glimpse Into His Soul
August 16, 2013 August

I have a theory that one is never more her truest self than when on a bike. Bike-riding exposes your appetite for risk, your sense of adventure, your ease with your own place in relation to the world.

On Our Cover: The Perestroika Pope

In this week's cover story, Damon Linker investigates how the man once known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio will change the future of Catholic Church. Since being elected Pope in March, Franc

Latest in Gun Control: Bullet-Resistant Classroom Whiteboards!
August 16, 2013 Solutions

Legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases is still stalled in the Senate.

The Weekly Standard Accidentally Makes the Case for Food Stamps
August 16, 2013 Food Stamps

Conservatives may have a new talking point in their crusade to downsize the food stamp program. And it's even more absurd than the previous ones.

Three Stories That Prove the GOP Is Screwed for Years to Come
August 16, 2013 Election 2016

But three stories show what kind of media narrative we can expect in September.