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Dec. 4 2018 8:04 PMSullying 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.
Dec. 1 2018 1:08 AMVery Legal, Very Cool We should definitely trust Trump’s latest catchphrase.
Nov. 28 2018 8:45 PMThe Parent PoliceDo we watch children (and their parents) too closely?
Nov. 26 2018 8:33 PMMake Voting Rights Sexy AgainIf Democrats want to win, they should focus on promoting the cause that’s both just and good for their numbers.
Nov. 20 2018 8:24 PMThe 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.
Nov. 16 2018 9:08 PMBen Stiller’s Big Prison BreakOr, how to turn an inspector general’s report into a screenplay.
Nov. 14 2018 9:11 PMPriming New York for AmazonShould Queens be worried about Amazon or welcome it?
Nov. 12 2018 8:47 PMThe Love of the (Basketball) GameDan Klores’ new documentary is a love letter to hoops.
Nov. 8 2018 8:39 PMIn a Political Bind?Call Bradley Tusk.
Nov. 6 2018 8:31 PMJust Ask MimiFood critic Mimi Sheraton on her career, food trends, and eating as a family.
Nov. 2 2018 7:50 PMRoot for the DummySimon Rich grew up watching whip-smart sitcom characters. His own protagonists are quite the opposite.
Oct. 31 2018 7:55 PMHate CountsThe FBI and DOJ have tracked hate crimes and anti-Semitic incidents for decades now. But they fail to get the full picture.
Oct. 29 2018 9:07 PMFor Every Brand, a BackstoryStarbucks, Jello-O, Pizza Hut—they don’t go big by accident.
Oct. 25 2018 6:59 PMEt Tu, NBC?When you hire Megyn Kelly, gaffes on the topic of race are part of the package.
Oct. 23 2018 9:38 PMSomething in the WaterHow a fight about Iowan water pollution revealed the dubious machinations of agricultural corporations and a Pulitzer Prize.
Dec. 3 2018 8:00 PMWild Wild StoryWild Wild Country is one of the year’s best documentaries, but it pulls a few punches on the sinister cult it covers.
Nov. 29 2018 8:05 PMHow to Shoot a FightTo direct Creed II, Steven Caple Jr. drew on everything from Jean-Claude Van Damme movies to street-fight videos.
Nov. 27 2018 8:11 PMWould 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.
Nov. 21 2018 5:46 PMObesity, and You, and Me!Excess weight can indeed bring health problems. But its causes are often more social than personal.
Nov. 19 2018 8:39 PMUncle 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.
Nov. 15 2018 6:31 PMCult ClassicSex, money, and body branding—if all cults are the same, NXIVM still stands apart in its darker details.
Nov. 13 2018 7:49 PMMore Show Than ShowdownThousands of U.S. soldiers are deployed at the southern border, but “deployed” really means “sitting around.”
Nov. 9 2018 8:42 PMTwo Countries, at the Cost of OneIf polarized electoral results like Tuesday’s repeat themselves, America may soon feel like two separate nations.
Nov. 7 2018 9:09 PMA Congresswoman SpeaksCalifornia Rep. Jackie Speier has war stories to tell—and another in the making: putting the squeeze on President Trump.
Nov. 5 2018 8:13 PMWhat 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.
Nov. 1 2018 7:18 PMPolitical 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.
Oct. 30 2018 8:15 PMSigned, Sealed, ForgottenThe mail bomber’s crimes have already faded from news headlines. But what can we learn from his methods?
Oct. 26 2018 7:34 PMThe Blue BlizzardWhat does Harry Enten’s polling data say about the coming election?
Oct. 24 2018 7:28 PMBlame 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.
Oct. 22 2018 9:53 PMThe NFL MafiaAmerica’s most lucrative sports league is dominated by a “very unimpressive group of inherited misfits.”