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February 8, 2016 Issue
Cover art by: Brian Snyder / Reuters
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The Young Activists Who Remade the Democratic Party’s Immigration Politics
In 2012, DREAMers were once cajoling Democrats to be more creative and aggressive. In 2016, they’re leaders in both Bernie and Hillary’s campaigns.
Who Runs the Pentagon?
Not Defense Secretary Ashton Carter—while he may be more than a figurehead, “the building” has no boss.
Andrew J. Bacevich
How Progressives Can—and Must—Regain the Moral High Ground
In the South, we’re building a broad, new movement rooted in right and wrong, not left and right.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
The US-Iran Prisoner Swap Proves Diplomacy Works
But we must not take the survival of the nuclear deal for granted, because it still has many powerful opponents.
Martin Luther King’s Final Year: An Interview With Tavis Smiley
The author and TV host on King’s most important year.
Bernie Sanders for President
With integrity and principle, the Vermont senator is calling Americans to a political revolution.
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Cruz and Trump Neck and Neck in Iowa
The Schools Where Free Speech Goes to Die
Some of the worst offenders against the First Amendment are religious colleges.
Books and the Arts
Point First, Shoot Later
Two museum exhibitions emphasize possible approaches to how an artist can navigate the oceans of photography around us.
Before Europe’s Intrusion
A 17th-century map reinforces what few other than historians of China have known: It was an open and diverse world with a long tradition of maritime commerce.
What’s the Point of a Supreme Court Dissent?
A recent book shows that, before Antonin Scalia, dissents were valuable to the Court. Now they may be endangering the institution.
Rushdie Misses the Magic
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
has all the markers of a Salman Rushdie novel, but it’s not a great book.
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Letters From the February 8, 2016, Issue
Justice for Laquan—and Chicago… honoring the antiwar left… oh me, oh my, O’Malley… he who shall not be named… the Paris agreement scam… we heard you!…
Puzzle No. 3387
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto