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Welfare Was ‘Reformed’ 20 Years Ago This Week. I’ve Suffered the Consequences.

And now, House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to build on that disastrous legacy.

Stephanie Land

Guns and Gun Control

Why Thousands of Texas Students Carried Dildos to Class This Week

What’s the best weapon against a handgun? Sometimes, a dildo.

Molly Stier
Latin America

An International Tribunal Declares the Impeachment of Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff an Illegitimate Coup

The grounds for it are baseless, and many of the legislators pushing it are themselves under indictment for serious crimes.

Azadeh Shahshahani
Journalists and Journalism

Warren Hinckle’s Truth-to-Power Journalism and Politics Broke the Conventional Wisdom

As the editor of Ramparts, he helped shape the radicalism of the 1960s, and kept on challenging injustice and “professional megabuck politics.”

John Nichols
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Election 2016

Returning to His Roots, Sanders Launches ‘Our Revolution’

Bernie introduced his new organization with a speech from Vermont—and entrusted it to longtime staffer Jeff Weaver.

D.D. Guttenplan

When Anti-Immigrant Politics Came Back to Haunt the Republican Party

The life cycle of California’s Republican Party suggests that the long-term effect of peddling xenophobia is disastrous.

Jim Shultz

Should We Trust the Republicans Who Published a Letter Denouncing Trump?

They may be the enemies of our enemy. But they’re also war criminals.

Rebecca Gordon

America at War

Why Is the United States Abetting Saudi War Crimes in Yemen?

The Obama administration’s record-setting arms deals with Riyadh have strengthened extremists and led to greater regional instability.

Mohamad Bazzi

Pundits, Decrying the Horrors of War in Aleppo, Demand Expanded War

As with Iraq and Libya, these laptop bombardiers offer no clear plan for how to actually end the suffering of the Syrian people.

Adam H. Johnson

How Obama Helped Lay the Groundwork for Trump’s Thuggery

His refusal to prosecute torturers and his Wild West assassination of bin Laden show how moral complacency can all too easily degenerate into full-blown corruption.

Rochelle Gurstein

Focus on Criminal Justice

Is Angela Corey the Cruelest Prosecutor in America?

The woman who failed to convict Trayvon Martin’s killer is putting hundreds of kids in prison, and dozens of people on death row.

Jessica Pishko

‘This Man Will Almost Certainly Die’

Dozens of men have died in disturbing circumstances in privatized, immigrant-only prisons. The Bureau of Prisons itself says there’s a problem. And yet the privatization scheme continues.

Seth Freed Wessler

The Justice Department Will End All Federal Private Prisons, Following a ‘Nation’ Investigation

Our yearlong probe uncovered dozens of questionable deaths and years of dire warnings from internal monitors.

Seth Freed Wessler
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Books & the Arts

Naming America’s Own Genocide

In a commanding new book, Benjamin Madley calls California’s 19th-century elected officials “the primary architects of annihilation” against Native Americans in the state. Reading it is like watching bodies being piled on a pyre.

Richard White

A Summer Blockbuster From the Trump World

Loud, lurid, incoherent, Suicide Squad seems to emanate straight from the Republican’s campaign for president.

Stuart Klawans

An Argentinian Novelist, Out of Oblivion

Exile, failure, the dread of erasure: Antonio Di Benedetto seems to have transmuted all his life experiences into his novel Zama, which has finally been translated into English.

Ratik Asokan

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Watch and Listen

Watch: Gawker’s Total Knockout

How Gawker changed the game, and how they got taken out.

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Listen: The Woman Behind Trump

Amy Wilentz on Ivanka, plus Calvin Trillin on Mississippi in 1964, and Rosa Brooks on the militarization of everything.

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