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Sullying a Pup’s Good NameSlate writer Ruth Graham dared suggest George H.W. Bush’s service dog was probably not in mourning. Then all internet hell broke loose.
Make Voting Rights Sexy AgainIf Democrats want to win, they should focus on promoting the cause that’s both just and good for their numbers.
The Many, Many Ways to Think About RunningHumorist Peter Sagal doesn’t have a runner’s build, but he does have plenty of reasons to lace up.
Root for the DummySimon Rich grew up watching whip-smart sitcom characters. His own protagonists are quite the opposite.
Hate CountsThe FBI and DOJ have tracked hate crimes and anti-Semitic incidents for decades now. But they fail to get the full picture.
Wild Wild StoryWild Wild Country is one of the year’s best documentaries, but it pulls a few punches on the sinister cult it covers.
How to Shoot a FightTo direct Creed II, Steven Caple Jr. drew on everything from Jean-Claude Van Damme movies to street-fight videos.
Would the U.S. Win World War III?A bipartisan commission says America could lose a hypothetical war against Russia or China. Of course, it might just be saying that to drive up military spending.
Obesity, and You, and Me!Excess weight can indeed bring health problems. But its causes are often more social than personal.
Uncle Verne Pulls Up a ChairVerne Lundquist offered play-by-play sportscasting for decades. But in retirement, he has more time for classical music than whatever game is on.
Cult ClassicSex, money, and body branding—if all cults are the same, NXIVM still stands apart in its darker details.
More Show Than ShowdownThousands of U.S. soldiers are deployed at the southern border, but “deployed” really means “sitting around.”
Two Countries, at the Cost of OneIf polarized electoral results like Tuesday’s repeat themselves, America may soon feel like two separate nations.
A Congresswoman SpeaksCalifornia Rep. Jackie Speier has war stories to tell—and another in the making: putting the squeeze on President Trump.
What Newt Gingrich WroughtAmerica’s bipartisan split might look like a natural schism, but it was built by a GOP sick and tired of losing the House of Representatives.
Political Parties, American TribesDems and the GOP have divvied up the U.S. electorate too well. What was once a matter of policy choices is now all about worldview.
Signed, Sealed, ForgottenThe mail bomber’s crimes have already faded from news headlines. But what can we learn from his methods?
Blame It on the MailerPresident Trump riles up his base in vile ways, but here’s why we shouldn’t blame him for the recent spate of mail bombs.