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How Lyme Disease Became Unstoppable
There was nothing inevitable about the Lyme epidemic. Then humans disrupted the environment and fueled an era of tick-borne diseases.
Can Trump Oust Liz Cheney From Congress?
Cheney is not running against Trump in her Republican primary this August. But Trump is definitely running against Cheney.
Easy Money: How Counties Are Funneling Covid Relief Funds Into New Jails
Counties aren’t supposed to use Covid funds to build jails and prisons—but that hasn’t stopped some of them from trying to do it anyway.
Asking “What About…?” Is Essential to Achieving Justice
Selective empathy prevents us from making connections.
Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Best Economists Uber Could Buy
Why would some of the world’s leading economists overstate driver incomes?
Biden’s Troubling Response to “Dobbs”
The president does not seem to understand his responsibilities to the voters who elected him.
Food Prices Are Up. A “Bean New Deal” May Be the Answer.
With prices for poultry and beef continuing to rise, the government should ease spending on meat and pay farmers to plant beans.
Matthew Miles Goodrich
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The So-Called “Pro-Life” Movement Couldn’t Care Less About the Living
Abortion opponents claim to be advocates for the unborn. But they don’t lift a finger to help families facing hardship.
Could GOP States Really Stop Pregnant People From Traveling to Get Abortions?
Conservative legislatures shouldn’t be able to pass fugitive womb laws, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do it anyway—and get away with it.
Mohammed bin Salman
Books & the Arts
What Happened to Newspaper Book Reviewing?
As a mode of recommendation, the newspaper fiction review has less to recommend it than ever before.
Where Should the Climate Movement Go Next?
Andreas Malm thinks climate politics needs to reject pacifism for sabotage.
Vladimir Sorokin’s Anti-Realism
For the Russian novelist, the end of Soviet literary and political culture marked the loss of a powerful foil.
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The Anti-Trans Hate Machine
A conversation with Imara Jones about fighting the anti-trans industrial complex.
Letters From the August 8/15, 2022, Issue
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