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February 17, 2020, Issue
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The First Drag Queen Was a Former Slave
Who fought for queer freedom a century before Stonewall.
Channing Gerard Joseph
The Art of Eviction
How one company helps landlords exploit a loophole in New York’s tenant laws.
Can Democrats Win Back Trump Voters—Without Compromising Their Soul?
Many analysts say Democrats need to score significant swing voter support to win in 2020. The question is whether they can do that without tilting to the center.
How Can I Help My Mom’s Domestic Worker Get a Dignified Retirement?
Another reader asks, “Why haven’t we gotten past restrictive gender roles around child care and socializing?”
Donald Trump Is Not the Only Alleged Criminal Democrats Can’t Unseat
An investigation determined that Matt Shea was a domestic terrorist, but that didn’t stop him from taking his seat in the Washington State Legislature.
Sanders or Warren? Why Not Both?
A progressive unity ticket may seem utopian, but it need not be a fantasy. In fact, the progressive candidates may make the most electable ticket.
Disorder in the Court
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What Does It Mean to Be a Climate Refugee?
A recent ruling opens the door to new types of protected status.
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
This Trump Judge Tormented a Trans Woman—Because He Could
Stuart Kyle Duncan had a history of anti-LGBTQ bigotry before he joined the bench. Now he’s inflicting his pettiness and cruelty on vulnerable litigants.
Mike Pompeo Implies That a Reporter Who Pressed Him Can’t Locate Ukraine on the Map
Books & the Arts
Craig Morgan Teicher
Kaytranada Captures an Entire Party’s Worth of Sound on ‘Bubba’
The electronic producer’s new album feels like the full flowering of a major talent.
John Berger’s Life Between Art and Politics
Caught between town and country, love and criticism, the English writer’s work tracks the political evolution of his generation.
Is Impeachment Only About Getting a Conviction?
A new history of Andrew Johnson’s trial reminds us the impeachment is not only a tool to constrain executive abuse of power, but also a way to publicize dissent on matters of policy and principle.
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Letters From the February 17, 2020, Issue
Failing college… East Coast vibes… The beginning of understanding… More than words…
Puzzle No. 3523
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto