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Trump’s Taiwan Kerfuffle—and How the Policy Wonks Got It Wrong

The claim that he had no idea of the political and diplomatic implications when he took his call from Taipei does not hold water.

Patrick Lawrence

Foreign Policy

Was Trump’s Taiwan ‘Gaffe’ Really All That Bad?

There are extremely legitimate reasons to be fearful of the president-elect’s foreign policy. Is taking a call from Taiwan one of them?

Ken Miller
Environmental Activism

Inspired by Standing Rock, West Texans Take Action to Fight Another Pipeline

Opponents of the Trans-Pecos Pipeline are finding hope in their last resort.

Sasha von Oldershausen

Trump Just Told the Fight for $15 to Go Screw Itself

But Trump has also crossed anti-immigrant hard-liners, which could torpedo his labor secretary’s confirmation.

George Zornick
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Democrats Should Fight All of Trump’s Nominees. Yes, All of Them.

He’s betrayed his working-class supporters by naming a cabinet of millionaire and billionaire insiders.

Joan Walsh

Donald Trump Is Just Another Handmaiden to Capital

If you look past his tweets, Trump’s been remarkably consistent in promising to gut regulations and cut taxes.

David Dayen

Mad Men: Trump May Be the Perfect Vehicle for Kissinger’s Philosophy

The elder statesman has always insisted on the importance of unpredictability, even irrationality, in diplomacy.

Greg Grandin

Barack Obama's Legacy

Obama’s Civil Rights Legacy—and Ours

Today’s turmoil in race relations may be a testament to the progress his administration made.

David Cole

Barack Obama’s Crash Course in Foreign Policy

After eight years on the job and many mistakes, he has gone from callow rookie to seasoned veteran.

Andrew J. Bacevich

The Strange Career of American Exceptionalism

…and Barack Obama’s curious role as its most ardent recent champion and prominent victim.

Greg Grandin
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Standing Rock

Indigenous Activists at Standing Rock Told a Deep, True Story

And that’s why they won at least a temporary victory.

Bill McKibben

The Lesson from Standing Rock: Organizing and Resistance Can Win

Indigenous water protectors are showing us how to fight back—and how to live again.

Naomi Klein

Resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline Turns the Course of History

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will not grant a necessary easement to complete the pipeline.

John Nichols


One Flew Over Bellevue

As little as David Oshinsky might care to admit it, the idea that Bellevue is a place for “crazies” has stuck in our cultural consciousness.

Nathan Smith

Responsible Hedonists

Emily Witts new book, Future Sex, captures the ways in which free love and countercultural experiments are no longer as liberating as they once seemed.

J.C. Pan

Bruce Springsteen’s Redemption Song

The musician delivers a flawed but exquisitely moving and detailed new memoir.

David Hajdu

Watch and Listen

Watch: More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters: The Revolutionary Life of Lucy Parsons

What we can learn from one of the great organizers in American history.

November 15, 2016

Listen: Start Making Sense: The Real Revolution of 2016 was Not Trump’s

Mike Davis on how Trumpism won’t last long. Plus Joan Walsh on women voters, Kai Wright on Obama and race, and Adam Shatz on “law and order.”

November 17, 2016
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