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Is Normalization With Cuba Irreversible?
That was one of Obama’s goals in his recent trip—and he made huge progress, charming the Cuban public and establishing a rapport with Raúl Castro.
We’ve Had 1 Black Woman Senator in 227 Years. Donna Edwards Is Running to Change That.
The progressive congresswoman’s personal story and reputation as a fighter has her surging in Maryland.
Will This New Book Change the National Debate on Poverty?
, now a national bestseller, has exposed the calamitous effects of mass displacement caused by the lack of affordable housing.
Good News on Climate Change… and Bad News
Global emissions may have peaked—but temperatures are rising at record speed, threatening a massive sea-level rise that could destroy major cities by 2100.
Seeking an Upset, Sanders Campaign Searches for Votes in Pennsylvania’s Lost Communities
Much of the state has been battered by the trade deals Sanders vigorously opposes.
Asking for a Friend: I’m Putting My Kids Through College With an Evil Job—Should I Quit?
And another questioner just can’t quit Amazon.
Donna Edwards for Senate and Jamie Raskin for Congress
Both of these Maryland primary contenders have long records of progressive activism.
Comix Nation: Presidential Candidates We Can All Get Behind
There are some small downsides.
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President Obama Wants Reporters to ‘Dig Deeper’
Snippy reactions to his sharp critique of the mainstream media only amplified his point.
Why Republicans Cry Political Correctness
Dressing up bigotry and authoritarianism as truth-telling is the right’s favorite talking point.
If I Knew You Were Coming, I’d’ve Baked a Cake
Books & the Arts
‘Everybody Wants Some!!’ Has Just Enough Gravity
If you’re determined to do it, you can wring a story, some themes, and even a moral out of Richard Linklater’s new movie.
The Cathedral at Ground Zero
Understanding the prosody of the World Trade Center Transportation Hub’s construction also requires an accounting of its extravagance.
Hopes of Coexistence in Syria
Does Samar Yazbek’s diary of the Syrian civil war merely represent the dreams of an exile?
Less Is Moore
is one of the great verbal works of art of the 20th century, in part because of Marianne Moore’s infectious devotion to everything small.
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Letters From the April 25-May 2, 2016, Issue
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Puzzle No. 3396
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto