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on Jan 30, 2015 - 17:27 PM ET
The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore

Just when the storm over political correctness seems about to burst—a storm stoked most recently by Jonathan Chait’s New York magazine piece accusing the left of virtually censoring free speech (Michelle Goldberg nicely dissects Chait’s arguments here)—Comedy...

Media, Race and Religion, Television
on Jan 30, 2015 - 14:18 PM ET
Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1932

In the run-up to the 1932 presidential election, The Nation ran a series of profiles of the candidates called “Presidential Possibilities.” The ninth and final installment—oddly mislabeled the eighth—was of the sitting governor of New York, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, born on this date in 1882.

Henry Pringle, journalist and biographer of Theodore Roosevelt, wrote that FDR’s last name itself was “worth a vast number of...

on Jan 30, 2015 - 13:48 PM ET
Transgender Day of Remembrance

This week’s New York Times Magazine features a fascinating article about two teenagers’ worlds colliding on a city bus in Oakland, California. In the fall of 2013, the skirt of an 18-year-old gender-nonconforming person named Sasha Fleischman was set on fire while Sasha napped during a bus ride home from school. Richard Thomas, a 16-...

on Jan 30, 2015 - 12:38 PM ET
Seattle Seahawks

When I started writing about the intersection of sports and politics in 2003, a countless number of sentences started with two words: “if only”. “If only” star athletes used their hyper-exalted-brought-to-you-by Nike platform to actually say something about the world instead of just trying to sell us more crap. If only they stood up to tired sports media that for decades had treated outspoken athletes with a sneering and, in the case of black...

Sports, Society
on Jan 30, 2015 - 07:00 AM ET
Mahatma Gandhi

Gandhi was assassinated on this day in 1948, a shocking and dispiriting event covered by media all across the world, including a mournful Nation. But perhaps more interesting to read today is this article from our issue of May 6, 1897, “East Indians in South Africa,” written by Alfred Webb, an Irish MP and an early president of the Indian National Congress. According to...

150th Anniversary, The Almanac
on Jan 29, 2015 - 14:36 PM ET

Cryptic crosswords, like all puzzles, are meant to be solved. Thus, while they may be challenging, they also need to be fair. Unfortunately, it is not at all clear where to draw the line between fair and foul.

One example of a practice that almost all concerned would agree is unfair is the indirect anagram, where the solver is supposed to anagram a synonym of a word in the clue. Still, our predecessor, Frank Lewis, would use indirect anagrams on occasion, and the...