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May 23-30, 2016 Issue
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Is the American Party System About to Crack Up?
Three scholars of American politics and history consider whether we're on the verge of a fundamental realignment.
100 Years After the Rising, Sinn Féin Fights a New Foe: Austerity
A new generation sees hope in the party.
A Contested Convention Is Exactly What the Democratic Party Needs
Bernie Sanders will go to Philadelphia with more pledged delegates than any insurgent in modern history. Here’s what he could do with them.
We Know We Hate the Establishment—but Do We Know What It Is?
The vague term obscures where power really lies.
Note to Exxon: Lying About Climate Change Isn’t Free Speech—It’s Fraud
Facing hundreds of billions of dollars in potential damages, the fossil-fuel giant is trying to change the subject.
Asking for a Friend: How Do I Stop Harassment Without Involving the Police in a Gentrifying Neighborhood?
Plus, a woman’s boyfriend has a tax crisis.
Ted Cruz, Like Joe McCarthy, Shuffles Off the Stage
Father Daniel Berrigan Sought to ‘Build a World Uncursed by War, Starvation, and Exploitation’
The great champion of peace and justice, from Catonsville to Occupy, has died at age 94.
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The Left Is Winning the Debate. Now What?
The days of standing for office just to make a point may be over.
The ‘Woman Card’
Why Bernie Didn’t Get My Vote
It’s not his focus on the economy—it’s that he doesn’t seem to understand that the economy is structured by gender and race.
Books and the Arts
‘Goethe Dies’: A Brief and Headlong Book
Thomas Bernhard makes intricate fiction from the grit and putty of life.
The Roots of American Conservatism
Why do the politics of free markets and cultural reaction keep returning like some Republican Freddy Krueger?
‘Weiner’: If They Cheer, or if They Jeer
The outstanding political film of the 2016 presidential season is about the 2013 New York City mayoral race.
America’s Long Hangover
How did Prohibition turn into a law-enforcement extravaganza?
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