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How J. Edgar Hoover’s paranoid view of literature led him to target African-American writers.

(Beowulf Sheehan/PEN American Center via AP)

I have a sentimental attachment to journals of political satire as unique and effective instruments of criticism.

(Reuters/Eric Gaillard)

The French magazine is blasphemous—and isn’t that an honorable thing to be?

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore state's attorney (AP/Alex Brandon)

The criminal-justice system is set up never to jail police. Could restorative justice serve communities better?

 
I am Charlie

A more apt comparison would be between the surviving staff of the satirical magazine and the brave abortion providers who carried on after the murder of Dr. George Tiller.

NYPD detain a protester

From Ferguson to Baltimore, the message is clear: protest at your peril.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The fallout from the Edward Snowden fiasco wasn’t just political—it was largely economic.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In 1950, Baltimore was the sixth-most-populous city in the country. Today, it is 26th, and its remaining poor black residents are cut off from their more affluent neighbors.

There’s a world of urgent discourse beyond Dyson, West, and Gates.

NYC Protest

After a more permissive approach to protests in the fall, de Blasio’s NYPD has returned to Occupy-era tactics of violent repression.

Blogs

"Margaret Mitchell gives us our Civil War through Southern eyes exclusively, and no tolerant philosophy illumines the crimes of the invaders."

June 30, 2015

Facebook and Google have been trying to increase diversity for a year, to little result.

June 29, 2015

Bree Newsome showed remarkable political courage. She also perhaps gave a template for reimagining sports.

June 29, 2015

"She acquired a reputation upon the smallest of down payments and then, like the honest debtor she is, set about the unpleasant business of earning the fame she already enjoyed."

June 29, 2015

"The immediate task of suppling military aid falls on us, and there is no question that it will be discharged."

June 27, 2015

Kennedy’s gay marriage ruling may have been schmaltzy, but such sentimentality about marriage enabled today’s triumph.

June 26, 2015

And the GOP presidential contenders are leading the charge.

June 26, 2015

"What the people of the world profoundly desire is something which will not mirror their conflicts but resolve them, which will dispel their fears and satisfy their hopes."

June 26, 2015