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Coastal Landfills Are No Match for Rising Seas
As sea levels rise, the landfills along the US coasts have become a ticking environmental time bomb. So why does the federal government have no plan to avoid this looming catastrophe?
Sexual Assault in the Military Is Still Going Unchecked. Will Congress Finally Act?
Over the past decade, the incident of sexual assault in the military has risen. Congress may finally have seen enough to mandate reforms.
The Collapse of Wild Red Wolves Is a Warning That Should Worry Us All
If the government is already struggling to protect iconic creatures like wolves from extinction in the wild, how will it handle the daunting future?
The Political Brilliance of the American Rescue Plan
Biden’s stimulus plan took the question of recovery off the table. Now the Democrats can focus on passing large-scale economic reforms.
Billionaires in Space
For the world’s richest men, the stars are up for sale.
The Rescue of the New York Public Library
—thwarted NYPL trustees’ harebrained plans and restored democracy to this vital public institution.
Republicans Hate Voting Rights Because They Threaten White Power
It’s no accident that the current assault on voting rights started not with the failed reelection of Donald Trump but with the successful election of Barack Obama.
Athan Theoharis Revealed J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets
The preeminent FBI historian who helped expose the longtime FBI director’s secrets and crude, cruel, and murderous tactics died on July 3.
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Diagnosing the Morales Campaign Meltdown
It all sounds like a bad family therapy session. What does the psychiatric literature have to say?
Like JFK, Biden Has Good Reason to Be Wary of the Military
In the 1960s, anti-communism provided an entry point for the far right. Today, it’s opposition to anti-racism.
Milley Earns His Stars
Books & the Arts
Barry Jenkins’s American Saga
The Underground Railroad,
Jenkins focuses how people survived slavery rather than on its brutality.
What Happened to Andrew Cuomo?
tracks how the son of a progressive New York governor transformed into one focused on one thing above all else: power.
Where Would We Be Without the New Deal?
A new history charts the forgotten ways the social politics of the Roosevelt years transformed the United States.
A Violent End
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India Walton: ‘Finally We’ll Be Able to Put Resources Behind All of These Bold, Visionary Ideas’
The winner of Buffalo’s Democratic mayoral primary knows that the key to making the bold progressive change the city needs is control of the budget and prioritization of resources.
Letters From the August 9/16, 2021, Issue
Calling Arizona… Black Main Street… Privileged information… The bronze ceiling (