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Barry Jenkins’s American Saga

In The Underground Railroad, Jenkins focuses how people survived slavery rather than on its brutality.

Stephen Kearse

Democrats

Nina Turner Wants to Go to Congress as a Champion for Labor Rights

“I’ve definitely been in the trenches with my labor sisters and brothers,” says the candidate, who has a long history of defending unions.

John Nichols
Government

The Delta Variant Is Contagious as Hell—and People Are Selfish

As fierce as the variant is, we could slow its course. But first, Republicans would have to learn basic decency and wear a damn mask.

Elie Mystal
Congress

House Democrats Want to Know the Truth About the Bolivian Coup

The OAS’s false accusations led to the expulsion of Evo Morales. Now members of Congress want the State Department to investigate.

Aída Chávez
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Politics

Gov. Gavin Newsom presents the nation's largest rent relief program as Part of the $100 Billion California Comeback Plan.

Homelessness Escalates as California’s Recall Election Nears

The country's biggest blue state faces a potential upheaval.

Sasha Abramsky
Nurses Know Better Than Kevin McCarthy: Bring Masks Back

Nurses Know Better Than Kevin McCarthy: Bring Masks Back

The National Nurses United union is pleading that masks be “universal, in all settings, for all people, regardless of vaccination status.”

John Nichols
We Need to Scale Back America’s War Machine

We Need to Scale Back America’s War Machine

Sixty years after Eisenhower warned the nation against the threat of the military-industrial complex, America continues to maintain a bloated, imperialistic military presence at home and abroad.

William Astore

World

What Next for Haiti?

What Next for Haiti?

The announced arrests didn’t solve the murder of Jovenel Moïse. Nor do they address the deeper problems of a country where the presidency has become a business, not a duty.

Amy Wilentz
Dilan Yesid Suárez

Colombia’s Strategy to Quell Protesters? Shoot at Their Eyes.

Human rights groups estimate as many as 200 protesters have suffered eye injuries after being targeted by Colombia’s notorious anti-riot police.

Peter Schurmann and Manuel Ortiz
The Human Costs of the Pandemic Olympics

The Human Costs of the Pandemic Olympics

The Tokyo Games should be a warning to potential Olympic hosts everywhere.

Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff

Culture

DEFENSE D'AFFICHER

Two Cheers for the Free Press

And why Democratic attempts to cure excesses through censorship are not only wrong but stupid.

Benjamin Moser
‘What Would It Mean to Think That Thought?’: The Era of Lauren Berlant

‘What Would It Mean to Think That Thought?’: The Era of Lauren Berlant

Four writers on the legacy of Berlant’s thinking both in the academy and in public life.

Judith Butler, Maggie Doherty, Ajay Singh Chaudhary and Gabriel Winant
What the Harlem Cultural Festival Represented

What the Harlem Cultural Festival Represented

Questlove’s debut as a director, the documentary Summer of Soul, revisits a musical event that encapsulated the energies of Harlem in the 1960s.

David Hajdu

Watch and Listen

Listen: Bernie’s Big Deal

John Nichols on the budget, plus Francine Prose on Ethel Rosenberg.

July 22, 2021

Listen: The Greatest: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon on Muhammad Ali

The directors of the new Ali documentary talk about bringing a larger-than-life figure back down to earth.

July 20, 2021

View: Mexico Could Soon Become the Largest Legal Marijuana Market in the World

But activists say the law fails to address the widespread pain that decades of militarized enforcement have caused.

February 25, 2021
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