“It’s a Really Weird One”The inside scoop on the New York Times’ Russian spy story from the guy who reported it.
“You’ve Got to Tell the Truth, Whatever It Is”Lanny Davis—defender of the Clintons, Penn State, and various dictators—on the advice he gave to Steve Bannon.
Year 17The U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001. Bush screwed it up. So did Obama. Will Trump make things even worse?
How Big a Deal Is the Mueller Firing Attempt Anyway?Trump’s lawyers will likely argue that he was just venting, and that might be convincing.
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Freedom?An intriguing new book argues that the problem with our society isn’t partisan rancor but rather the left and right’s attachment to individual autonomy.
Setting Aside the Racism…Trump’s immigration policies are simply counterproductive to fighting crime.
Tweets, Palace Intrigue, and Tremendous ReportingThe Washington Post’s media columnist assesses a year of Trump and the press.
Can You Separate the Artist From the Industry?Film critic A.O. Scott on evaluating the work of Harvey Weinstein and Woody Allen after #MeToo.
“This Is a National Trend”What the Alabama results tell us about the country’s political state of play.
Punishment Is Not EnoughPowerful men losing their jobs is an important step, but not the only step, in changing our sexist culture.
Fired for a TweetSam Seder on what it was like to be axed by MSNBC after alt-right trolls targeted him.
A Conversation With Katie RoipheOn Shitty Media Men, Twitter feminism, and the whole Harper’s affair.
Can a Critic Be an Activist?The New York Times’ Wesley Morris on how he works at the nexus of entertainment and politics.
Are We Measuring the Economy All Wrong?A new book argues that GDP doesn’t always factor in what makes a country strong.
“Everyone’s Issues Are Everyone’s Issues”New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino dissects the critiques of #MeToo.
“Where Do They Think They Got These Ideas?”Katha Pollitt on the younger generation’s misunderstanding of second-wave feminism.
David Frum Is Still a Republican. But …How Trump’s presidency has changed the longtime conservative.
The Pakistan ProblemIs Trump wrong to cut off aid to a country that has supported the Taliban for so long?
Was Palin the Harbinger of Trump?Bill Kristol on whether we could have predicted the rise of demagoguery back in 2008.
How to Build a DictatorshipHistorian Stephen Kotkin on the ideas and institutions that made Stalin’s rise possible.
Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Has No UpsideIt ruins any chance of a peace plan, hurts Israel’s growing relationship with its Arab neighbors, and helps Iran.