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Jim Mattis vs. Tom Cotton: No Contest

The former defense secretary’s scathing attack on Trump’s shredding the Constitution showed how wrong The New York Times was to publish Cotton.

Joan Walsh

Film

A Lavender League of Their Own

Just in time for Pride Month, a new documentary brings an episode in baseball history out of the closet.

Peter Dreier
Racism and Discrimination

Democratic Candidates Should Be Campaigning to End Toxic Policing

Kentucky US Senate candidate Charles Booker gets it right when he says, “If you are saying you are going to stand up for people, then do it.”

John Nichols
Law

Trump Is Deploying Troops Against Americans, and Military Leaders Are Abetting Him

High-ranking military officials have a choice: Obey the orders of your commander in chief or your oath to the Constitution.

Andrew J. Bacevich

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George Floyd Protests

The FBI Finds ‘No Intel Indicating Antifa Involvement’ in Sunday’s Violence

Trump wants to designate antifa a terrorist organization, despite lack of authority and evidence of wrongdoing.

Ken Klippenstein

The Pandemic Is a Threat. The President Is Worse.

Going to demonstrations isn’t risk-free, but we have a duty to resist.

Gregg Gonsalves

Trump Is Deploying Troops Against Americans, and Military Leaders Are Abetting Him

High-ranking military officials have a choice: Obey the orders of your commander in chief or your oath to the Constitution.

Andrew J. Bacevich

Politics

The Border Patrol Praises Stonewall While Deploying Officers to Suppress Protests

The Customs and Border Protection chief condemned the current demonstrations but sent out an agencywide e-mail today commemorating the 1969 LGBTQ uprising.

Ken Klippenstein

Trump Is Using the Military to Hide His Weakness

The president’s show of strength demonstrates the precariousness of his authority.

Jeet Heer

D.C. Statehood Is the Answer to Trump’s Abuse of Washington

The president says he is determined to “dominate” Washington with military might. Democrats must rise to D.C.’s defense.

John Nichols

the pandemic

Covid-19 Is Straining the Concept of the Family. Let’s Break It.

The care and love we extend to one another can no longer be confined to house-sized pockets.

Sophie Lewis

Will Covid-19 Be a Turning Point in the Fight Against Racial Disparities in Health Care?

Public health experts hope that the vast scale of the crisis will prompt meaningful political action to counter health inequities, which have been persistent in America for well over a century.

Zoë Carpenter

Could Covid-19 Mean the End of Asylum Law in the United States?

“Public health” fears are being used to keep out asylum seekers and immigrants—will they ever be let back in?

Jack Herrera and Quito Tsui

Culture

The Lost History of Southern Communism

Mary Stanton’s Red, Black, White offers a close examination of the triumphs and travails of Alabama’s local Communist Party chapter.

Robert Greene II

A Thrilling Snapshot of the New Pop Avant-Garde

Recent albums from Perfume Genius and Yves Tumor restore the power of genre-bending music

Julyssa Lopez

The Troubling Origins of Birthright Politics

Two new works of history examine how the politics of birthright citizenship can be a vehicle for liberation and equality and serve the cause of exclusion.

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

World

The Infinite Heartbreak of Loving Hong Kong

As China moves to impose a law that would criminalize dissent, Hong Kongers are facing a dark new era.

Wilfred Chan

Germany’s Homeless Face Down the Coronavirus

A portrait of one abandoned factory, as services and support dry up for Berlin’s homeless population.

Johanna Maria Fritz, The Nation and Magnum Foundation

Debt Relief for Tyrants Is a Terrible Idea

Bernie Sanders and Ilhan Omar want to cancel the debts of the world’s poorest countries. In some cases, that’s a big mistake.

Helen C. Epstein

review

Racism and Discrimination

The Troubling Origins of Birthright Politics

Two new works of history examine how the politics of birthright citizenship can be a vehicle for liberation and equality and serve the cause of exclusion.

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal

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Electoral Reform

Take Action Now: Fight for Voting Rights

Demand that Congress protect our democracy. Educate your community about voting rights, and build democratic participation.

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Watch and Listen

Listen: Royce White: On the Front Lines in Minneapolis 

Former NBA player Royce White talks about the murder of George Floyd and the Minneapolis uprisings.

June 2, 2020

View: Germany’s Homeless Face Down the Coronavirus

A portrait of one abandoned factory, as services and support dry up for Berlin’s homeless population.

June 1, 2020

View: Puerto Rico’s Sex Workers Are Struggling to Survive

The challenge of making ends meet was difficult before Covid-19. Now it’s even worse.

May 18, 2020

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