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What happens in our wars, politics and culture, who is celebrated and who ignored—none of it will matter if climate change devastates the planet.

A civil rights attorney reports from the belly of the post-9/11 justice system. 

Drug arrest

In 1914, a racist fiction helped sell one of the nation’s first drug laws; 100 years later, it’s still with us.

Amy Chua

A new book raises the question: Are Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld racists—or just equal opportunity trolls?

Empowered by social media, feminists are calling one another out for ideological offenses. Is it good for the movement? And whose movement is it?


Why university presidents Drew Gilpin Faust and Christina Paxson were wrong to reject calls to divest from fossil fuel companies.

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch’s latest call-to-arms against the privatization of public schools.

Angry Birds

By monitoring apps such as Twitter and Angry Birds, British and US spy agencies can determine users’ age, location, marital status and more.

Sochi illustration

The Russian government’s anti-gay scapegoating diverts attention from what appears to be the most corrupt Olympics in history.

John Carlos

“You need to follow your conscience, follow your heart and follow your wisdom.”


Senators decide next week if hundreds of thousands of undocumented young people will get a path to citizenship. Student activists are mobilizing to convince them to say yes.

September 16, 2010

Tea Party candidates edge out GOP in primaries in Delaware and New York, Newt Gingrich gets a zinger on Twitter, and Stephen Colbert gets fresh with a Princeton historian.

September 15, 2010

McChrystal is identified in The Tillman Story (and earlier in various news probes) as a willing participant in the cover-up of how the soldier died.

September 10, 2010

Obama's power-grab, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and the mail.

September 10, 2010

The opening of the NFL season witnessed perhaps the most public display of solidarity in US history. Seriously.

September 10, 2010

Shadowy individuals aim to control our way of life, and women's lives and liberties, especially, are at risk.

September 10, 2010

Newest pieces, women complaining about the attention given to Jonathan Franzen, some book and DVD recommendations and the latest mail.

September 9, 2010

Why are 20-somethings taking longer to grow up, no longer following the traditional timetable of adulthood?

September 8, 2010

By any measure this country is in an ugly mood. Double-digit unemployment and a growing sense that the environment, economy, and empire are heading south, has Americans walking with a stoop and a scowl. We have seen this mood become a temper-tantrum in the world of sports.

September 7, 2010