My father had a heart attack a week ago. I say this not to invite sympathy—there are few things I hate more than discussing my family life online—but just to explain where I’ve been. Because the internet is a machine engineered to produce anxiety, which I manage to produce plenty of on my own, I took Twitter (and…
What should we do with all these bad, ugly statues of Confederate soldiers and officers, scattered around the country? Easy: We should take them down.
A bunch of kids sit in a circle. One kid, who is “it,” walks the circumference, tapping the seated kids one by one, saying “duck, duck,” and then tapping a kid and saying something other than “duck,” and that kid has to chase and tag “it” before “it” makes it back around the circle to sit in the newly opened space.…
New York’s Jonathan Chait writes today about the “dangerous consequences” of the left’s use of the label “white supremacist” to describe Donald Trump, the alt-right, and American conservatism in general.
New York City’s municipal primary elections are tomorrow, and across the five boroughs, New Yorkers are saying, wait, there is a mayoral race happening right now, as in this year?
The Trump administration is the leakiest in recent memory. This has infuriated the president, who has demanded that his Justice Department crack down on leakers of all kinds. These investigations raise a thorny question: When is it actually illegal for someone in the government to leak information to a reporter?
I hope you appreciated your recent introduction to the future leadership of the Republican Party this past week. It happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, where hundreds of neo-Nazis and white nationalists marched under the banner of “uniting the right.”
Republicans looking for someone to blame for their failure to repeal Obamacare may settle on an obvious candidate, like President Donald Trump, who never understood the policy or politics of the effort. Or they may settle on a slightly less obvious figure, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
The New York Times today presents this opinion column by charmless grifter Mark Penn, a longtime pollster and public relations expert who has extensively worked with the Clintons, on how the Democratic Party can reverse its recent electoral losses. Penn’s prescription is, for anyone who has ever read a Mark Penn…
What most of the worst people in Donald Trump’s administration have in common is that they are Republicans. This simple fact is obscured sometimes by the many ways in which Trump is genuinely an aberration from the political norm—like his practice of naked nepotism rather than laundering the perpetuation of class…
The White House press corps is fighting mad over their own collective decision not to air press briefings from the White House.
Item: Kay Kirkpatrick, a Republican, recently beat a Democratic challenger in a special election for Georgia’s 32nd State Senate District. It was a comfortable victory, though not quite as comfortable as it ought to have been, according to Daily Kos’s David Nir. The Democratic share of the vote, he says, grew…
What explains the skepticism of climate change that is so common among educated, elite American conservatives? Not the true believing young-earthers, but the ones who basically inhabit reality-based worlds, and enjoy fancy media jobs in Washington and New York?
Chris Cillizza, a hackneyed Arrested Development reaction gif with a high-paying journalism job, had one of his trademark run-ins with the “outrage police” this week, when he tweeted something dumb and was told by many people that it was dumb. Here was the thing:
Donald Trump’s proposed budget is deeply cruel, predicated on long-discredited economic ideas, and sold with an arithmetic error so brazen that it has to be an intentional fuck you. As others have noted, it’s also not, in any real sense, “Donald Trump’s budget.” It’s OMB Director Mick Mulvaney’s budget, and it exists…
Donald Trump has an idea:
Happy International Workers Day, or, as it’s also known throughout much of the world, Labor Day.
It is with a heavy heart that New York’s Jonathan Chait must announce that the illiberal, anti-speech left is at it again.
This, I guess, is the next issue of The Atlantic, a fancy magazine for men who aspire to be on panels.