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The Catholic Bishops’ Brawl Over Denying Joe Biden Communion
The majority’s proposal is both hard-hearted and shortsighted. By Paul Elie June 22, 2021
The Political, Legal, and Moral Minefield That Donald Trump Left for Merrick Garland
Some fear that a former judge with a passionate belief in fairness and neutrality cannot effectively counter Trump. By David Rohde June 15, 2021
The F.D.A.’s Extraordinary Approval of a Questionable Treatment for Alzheimer’s
It is very rare for the agency to ignore an overwhelmingly negative advisory recommendation. By Michael Specter June 14, 2021
The Fog of History Wars
A new battle is being waged over how we teach our country’s past. But old feuds remind us that history is continually revised, driven by new evidence and present-day imperatives. By David W. Blight June 9, 2021
A Biden Climate Test on the Banks of the Mississippi
Indigenous groups are demanding that the Line 3 pipeline go the way of the Keystone XL. By Bill McKibben June 9, 2021
Netanyahu’s Likely Departure Is Not Easing the Fears of Palestinians
Attacks by settlers in the West Bank have been on the rise for years—and a new Israeli government is no guarantee of change. By Raja Shehadeh June 8, 2021
Protests in Colombia, Elections in Peru, and Other Chaos in the Andes
Hopes for a sustained democratic rebirth in the seven Andean nations have waned, again. By Jon Lee Anderson June 4, 2021
When Bob Dylan Heard the Cicadas
The seventeen-year cycle of an insect intersects with history. By Ian Frazier June 2, 2021
The Republican Party, Racial Hypocrisy, and the 1619 Project
As the G.O.P. seeks to deny Americans knowledge of their own history, Nikole Hannah-Jones is denied tenure. By Jelani Cobb May 29, 2021
The Power and Paranoia of the BBC’s Princess Diana Interview
Recent revelations about Martin Bashir’s “deceitful behavior” don’t alter the emotional force of the broadcast. By Sam Knight May 27, 2021 Sections News & Politics Culture Business, Science & Tech Humor Cartoons Books & Fiction Magazine Photography Video Podcasts More Newsletters About Careers Contact FAQ Media Kit Press Accessibility Help
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