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As governors mull clemency, battered women should be at the top of the list.

A Dickensian year when food stamps were cut and bankers got everything they wanted

In this uncommon book by Emma Williams, Jean Stein and Ibrahim Quraishi, a donkey tries to cheer Gaza’s traumtized children—by becoming a zebra.

While New York City mourns, political opportunists point fingers—but we should really be talking about reforms that would keep everyone safe.

Riot police and protester

Apparently, to criticize the police is to be anti-police. But if I call and point out that the swings in the playground are broken, am I anti-parks?

Caribbean détente, after a half-century of conflict.

Why is the political coverage in The New York Times so lame?

From Bill de Blasio to Eric Holder to Barack Obama to #BlackLivesMatter, right-wing pundits are blaming everyone and everything but the obvious.

The president's announcement this week was a long overdue step into the twenty-first century.

People's Climate March

As Ursula K. Le Guin reminds us, any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings.

Before Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed two police officers, he shot Shaneka Thompson. That matters more than law enforcement’s blame game.

The USPS will deliver 15.5 billion pieces of mail this season. Yet it is threatened by devastating closures and cuts.

Andrew Johnson’s and Bill Clinton’s impeachment trials; obituaries for Theodore Roosevelt, Vladimir Lenin and Winston Churchill; the beginnings of the Prague Spring and the Arab Spring—and all of it before the end of January!

Now that President Obama has broken the taboo on recognizing Cuba, he should send a US ambassador to Palestine as a prerequisite for a comprehensive peace treaty.

Shantala Shivalingappa in Swayambhu, at the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris, 2010

Shantala Shivalingappa smolders as she dances the lives of the gods.

Edmund Fawcett

In Edmund Fawcett’s new history, liberalism begins with capitalism and revolution.

Owen Wilson (center) in Inherent Vice

Joaquin Phoenix and Owen Wilson star in Inherent Vice, a delirious romp through all of man’s perversions.

Torch-Eyed Elephant Stampede!… droning on… black & white & gray all over… hanging up her pencils…