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Tuesday, Feb 9, 2016

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The Clintons’ War on Drugs: When Black Lives Didn’t Matter

1 hour, 26 minutes ago

In August 2015, an uncomfortable encounter between Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors and Hillary Clinton finally broke the silence of many mainstream press outlets on the Clintons’ shared responsibility for the disastrous policies of mass incarceration, and its catalyst, the War on Drugs. Although…
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Why Are Millennial Women Gravitating to Bernie Sanders?

5 hours, 10 minutes ago

As we prepare for another raucous election night, one question remains unsettled between the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton: What accounts for Sanders’s wild success with young women, and Clinton’s relative failure to reach them?The results of Iowa’s Democratic caucuses certainly indicated…
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Will Marco Rubio’s Fragile Appeal Be Shattered in New Hampshire?

5 hours, 16 minutes ago

Until Marco Rubio mounted the worst debate performance of any leading candidate in either party this primary season, he was soaring into contention for the Republican presidential nomination on the wings of media adulation and the hardening support of conservative elites. Throughout the campaign, Rubio…
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You Can Train Your Body Into Thinking It’s Had Medicine

5 hours, 22 minutes ago

Marette Flies was 11 when her immune system turned against her. A cheerful student from Minneapolis, Minnesota, she had curly brown hair and a pale, moon-shaped face, and she loved playing trumpet in her high-school band. But in 1983, she was diagnosed with lupus, a condition in which the immune system…
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Where to Invade Next: Michael Moore’s European Vacation

5 hours, 32 minutes ago

The documentary Where to Invade Next features a sobering insight, and it’s telling that the movie’s maker, director Michael Moore, doesn’t seem to be conscious of it. Ostensibly a tour across Europe (with a side trip to North Africa) to “invade” different countries and steal their good ideas for the…
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Jeb Bush’s Do-or-Die Moment

8 hours, 26 minutes ago

Jeb Bush entered the Republican race for president with reluctance, worrying aloud that his 199os brand of conservatism would look hopelessly moderate to the Tea Party Republicans who have come to form the party’s base in the twenty-first century. As he told friends in 2012, Bush’s own father and even…
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When the Candidates Come to Town

1 day, 1 hour ago

Carly Fiorina with the Amherst Republicans at Joey’s Diner in Amherst, New Hampshire. September 9, 2015. It was Ted Cruz who got there first. On March 23, 2015, the senator from Texas announced his candidacy for President, the first major player in the 2016 race,and only four days later Cruz was…
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Henry David Thoreau’s Magical Thinking

1 day, 3 hours ago

Strange things happen in Thoreau: sand starts moving like water, stones vibrate with life; extinct species return; pine trees cry; fish become trees; men grow grass out of their brains; men, not gods, walk on water; like animals and with them, men also walk on four legs; they talk to fish and birds;…
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A Whitewashed History of Credit

1 day, 4 hours ago

One of the reasons I think some conservatives get so angry when histories are given identity qualifiers—whether Black History Month or scholarly books with “women and” in the title—is that they cast aspersion on the general category. History with a capital-H becomes just white history or men’s history…
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Saved by the Bell

1 day, 5 hours ago

Reading, like religion, can boast of this: If it gets you young it’s got you good. But both, as you know, have been singed by flashier pursuits: religion by celebrity, books by screens. “Book culture” indeed sounds more and more like a contradiction these days, a contradiction that kisses paradox, since…
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Simone Sapienza’s United States of Vietnam

1 day, 5 hours ago

This week, Italian photographer Simone Sapienza takes over the New Republic’s Instagram account at @NewRepublic with a selection of images made during his recent travels in Vietnam. While in Ho Chi Minh City, Sapienza was struck by the differences between the capitalist values of a younger generation…
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Women Are More Than Freestanding Uteruses

1 day, 5 hours ago

If your social circle includes any women who might become pregnant, you’ve likely heard the new CDC message about the risks of drinking. The risks, you see, they apply to women. Well, women and fetuses, and not necessarily in that order of importance.The report has infuriated many. Stripped of nuance,…
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A Panic-Inducing Night for the GOP Establishment

2 days, 15 hours ago

The Republican establishment’s fondest hope before Saturday night’s debate was that Marco Rubio would deliver yet another solid (if unmemorable) debate performance, and that Donald Trump would fall on his face—compounding the damage he suffered in Iowa, and surrendering more, if not all, of his lead in…
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Why Bernie Sanders Needs to Talk About Voting Rights

3 days, 5 hours ago

No debate can get to every topic that matters to every voter. But now that we have had five Democratic primary debates—which are now being held on weeknights, imagine that—it’s worth noting that we have yet to hear Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders seriously discuss two core liberal issues on the same…
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Hillary Clinton’s Leftward Shift on Climate

3 days, 5 hours ago

In July, the climate grassroots group 350 Action asked Hillary Clinton at a campaign stop in New Hampshire for her position on banning fossil fuel development on public lands. Clinton gave what she deemed a “responsible answer” that she wouldn’t accept a ban until we get “the alternatives in place.” I…
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Everything You Need to Know about Saturday’s GOP Debate

3 days, 5 hours ago

The eighth Republican debate will take place on Saturday, February 6, in Manchester, New Hampshire. The event starts at 8 p.m. EST and will be hosted by ABC News, with World News Tonight anchor David Muir and chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz moderating. Follow the action at the New Republic’s Minutes…
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Will Marco Rubio Finally Be Tested?

3 days, 5 hours ago

Before the Iowa caucuses, the questions facing Republican Party elites were straightforward but existential: Could the divided field of establishment-backed candidates consolidate in time to stop Donald Trump and Ted Cruz? And, if so, would the consolidation be tidy enough to vault a single tribune into…
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We Need Agatha Christie in New Hampshire, Not Chris Christie

3 days, 22 hours ago

The Republican field is supposedly winnowing down after the Iowa caucuses, but it remains far too large heading into Saturday night’s New Hampshire debate and Tuesday’s primary. If we exclude Jim Gilmore, who’s stayed steady in the polls at zero percent, then there are still eight GOP candidates plying…
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Should Hillary Clinton Be Basking in Henry Kissinger’s Praise?

3 days, 22 hours ago

Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives found themselves in the peculiar position Thursday night of having to defend the legacy of none other than Henry Kissinger, the 92-year-old former secretary of state whose past deeds many believe amount to war crimes, but whose exercise of American statecraft has…
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Tibet’s Epidemic of Suicides by Fire

4 days ago

February 27, 2009, was the third day of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. It was also the day that self-immolation came to Tibet. The authorities had just cancelled a Great Prayer Festival (Monlam) to commemorate the victims of the government crackdown in 2008. A monk by the name of Tapey stepped out of the…
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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Rather a Dull Fight

4 days, 2 hours ago

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a perfect movie for our mash-up/remix/viral culture in which short, clever, easily digestible bits of entertainment are passed along giddily from friend to friend. In bite-size installments, this horror-comedy-romance could be fizzy fun, but the same factors that made…
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Raising the Minimum Wage Won’t Reduce Inequality

4 days, 3 hours ago

Walmart is giving more than one million of its employees a raise later this month as part of a plan that will lift all but its newest hires to at least $10 an hour.The move, first announced last year, follows an aggressive campaign to get the largest private employer in the U.S. to lift worker wages…
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Ad Wars 2016: Can John Kasich Score by Going Positive?

4 days, 4 hours ago

A few days after the sixth Republican debate in mid-January, John Kasich sat down with talk-show host Hugh Hewitt to explain what differentiates him from the crowded Republican field. “I consider myself the prince of light and hope,” the Ohio governor told Hewitt. “I don’t spend all my time getting people riled…
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Bill Clinton’s Legacy Haunts the Democratic Debate

4 days, 14 hours ago

Early in Thursday night’s Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton took a curious tack in answering Bernie Sanders’s accusations that she’s too beholden to Wall Street: She went after the Vermont senator for voting for a bill that her husband signed into law when he was president (and which…
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Hillary Clinton Wants You to Believe She’s Tough on Wall Street. She’s Not.

4 days, 15 hours ago

Back in November, Hillary Clinton responded to criticisms of her Wall Street ties by pointing out that, as a senator from New York who had represented the state before and during 9/11, she was obligated to represent their interests. It was perhaps the most curious notion adduced in the Democratic race…
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How Hillary Clinton Can Win Over Millennials

4 days, 23 hours ago

After her paper-thin victory over Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses, it’s abundantly clear that Hillary Clinton has a problem with young voters. According to entrance polls, Sanders received 84 percent of the vote from those 17 to 29 years old, as against 14 percent for Clinton. Sanders won a smaller…
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Hillary Clinton’s Bet on Flint

4 days, 23 hours ago

Ever since Flint’s water crisis became a national story at the beginning of the year, Hillary Clinton has done everything in her power to own the issue in the Democratic primary, to Bernie Sanders’s detriment.She released a statement on January 11 calling it “unconscionable” that the Michigan city had…
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The Feminine Mystique, Tenth Anniversary Edition

5 days ago

I was assigned to 8A, by the window. On the aisle, in 8B, sat a long-legged, roving-eyed businessman. I assume that’s what he was, because when he wasn’t flirting with the stewardess he kept fussing with graphs and charts he pulled from a fancy briefcase. Somewhere over Ohio the stewardess wheeled us…
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You Can’t Kill Twitter, Even if it Dies

5 days, 1 hour ago

The tech press is obsessed with calling things dead. So now that it’s become abundantly clear Twitter is flailing—execs are leaving, and the company is unable to sustain growth, or focus on making its product better for users—pundits have begun to lament the End of Twitter. Twitter’s troubles seem like…
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Everybody Hates Ted

5 days, 1 hour ago

Indeed indeed, I cannot tell, / Though I ponder on it well, / Which were easier to state, / All my love or all my hate. —Henry David ThoreauThoreau, it seems, never met Ted Cruz, a man so blissfully easy to hate that loathing for him has become a form of political poetry: “wacko-bird,” “abrasive,” “arrogant,”…
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The Science Behind Straight Women’s Love for Gay Men

5 days, 3 hours ago

For years, friendships between straight women and gay men have been a subject of pop culture fascination. Books, television shows, and feature length films have all highlighted this unique relationship, noted for its closeness and depth.But with society’s attitudes toward gays and lesbians changing,…
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Is the Media Killing the New Hampshire Primary?

5 days, 4 hours ago

Is the New Hampshire primary over the hill?After 20 years of observing and analyzing the contest as a professor at Dartmouth College, I fear the answer might be “yes.”The primary is turning 100 this year, but its relevance is in doubt as the national media threaten the state’s traditional function of…
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Hail, Caesar!: Song and Dance, What More Do You Want?

5 days, 4 hours ago

Hail, Caesar! is perhaps the most jagged, disjointed, and ramshackle of all the Coen brothers’ movies, and almost certainly the one your friends and family who are not movie nerds will be most baffled by. It is also, from start to finish, one of the funniest films the Coens have ever made. If you have…
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Love, Actually

5 days, 5 hours ago

Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Hardwick with their newborn daughter Harriet in Boston, January 24, 1957.Alfred Eisenstaedt/The Life Picture Collection/GettyRobert Lowell had been dead seven years when The Paris Review interviewed Elizabeth Hardwick, the novelist, critic, and his second-to-last wife. In…
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Everything You Need to Know about Thursday’s Democratic Debate

5 days, 5 hours ago

The first of four newly scheduled Democratic primary debates will take place at the University of New Hampshire in Durham on Thursday, February 4, at 9:00 p.m. The debate will air on MSNBC, with NBC News’ Chuck Todd and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow moderating. Follow along at the New Republic’s Minutes blog for…
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Grierson & Leitch Episode 2: Sundance’s Highs and Lows

5 days, 5 hours ago

Tim Grierson just got back from a whirlwind movie-viewing spree at the Sundance Film Festival. On episode two, he tells Will Leitch about his favorite and least favorite movies from the event, the big project everyone is talking about (yes, it’s Birth of a Nation), and why two films about the same 1974…
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Grandparents in Love and War

5 days, 8 hours ago

“Jews like my grandparents,” Ian Buruma writes, “wished to be accepted as something they genuinely were: loyal citizens steeped, often more so than the Gentiles themselves, in the cultures they had made their own.” As his grandmother Winifred Regensburg wrote to her husband Bernard Schlesinger: “Next…
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Bernie Sanders Will Be Unelectable If He Keeps This Up

5 days, 8 hours ago

Like all head-to-head match-ups in modern politics, the Democratic primary race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has degenerated into an insufferable Twitter feud over who has the greater claim to ideological purity. Lobbing familiar attacks over familiar differences is what candidates do…
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Bernie and Hillary’s Battle for the Soul of Progressivism

5 days, 13 hours ago

Wednesday night’s New Hampshire town hall on CNN found both remaining Democratic candidates in relatively subdued form. Bernie Sanders talked about his folk music album, his tiny red Chevrolet, his 27-year marriage to his wife Jane. Hillary Clinton reflected on her granddaughter, life on the campaign…
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High Low

6 days ago

Visitors didn’t seem to be enjoying themselves all that much when I was at the Norman Rockwell show at the High Museum a couple of weeks ago. I had the feeling that some museumgoers, after taking a close look at these finicky renderings of puppy love and civic pride, wondered why the show had set off…
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Who’s the Ugly Loser Now?

6 days, 2 hours ago

For a brief moment on Monday night, as he took the stage in Iowa to acknowledge that he came in second in the state caucuses, Donald Trump was surprisingly gracious. He was clearly unhappy with the results but seemed to accept them with equanimity and didn’t blame anyone else for his failure or call…
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The Big Winner of the 2016 Race: Democratic Socialism

6 days, 2 hours ago

On Monday night, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont tested out his “radical idea”—a vision of American democratic socialism—with real American voters in Iowa. Numerically, the race was a dead heat, with Clinton barely inching ahead of Sanders. It was not, in other words, the kind of explosive surge that…
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Children of the Century

6 days, 5 hours ago

In the summer of 1866, as Leo Tolstoy prepared for his serialized novel War and Peace to be published as a single volume, he wrote to illustrator Mikhail Bashilov, hoping to commission drawings for the new edition of the novel, which he referred to by its original title, 1805. When Bashilov questioned…
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Bernie’s Army Is Running for Congress

6 days, 7 hours ago

Bernie Sanders’s political revolution is predicated in part on mobilizing the public to change the direction of the country. Naysayers carp, and not without reason, that this is impossible, with Republicans having a lock on the gerrymandered Congress for the near future. But to change that state of affairs,…
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Steve King Is the Happiest Man in Iowa

6 days, 7 hours ago

Steve King could not hold back the tears Monday night as Ted Cruz, the Iowa congressman’s annointed presidential candidate, stood at the podium in Des Moines and triumphantly rambled about Jesus, “courageous conservatives,” and the nebulous menace of something called the Washington Cartel. Others—Senator…
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New York Values Are at the Heart of the American Political Divide

6 days, 23 hours ago

New York City is playing an unexpectedly outsized role in the presidential race, with both of the two major parties being sharply divided by candidates who embody very different sides of the city. It’s perhaps not surprising in an age of economic inequality that New York, itself a city where the enormous…
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Fantasy and Fandom

1 week ago

The best thing about Groundhog Day is that it doesn’t explain. It’s a fantasy, right in the middle of reality, and the film never explains how the fantastic situation came about or why it goes away. This is a relief from the avuncular angel of It’s a Wonderful Life or the mad scientist of Back to the…
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The GOP’s Donald Trump Nightmare Is Far From Over

1 week ago

Ted Cruz’s poll-defying victory in the Iowa caucuses Monday night spared the Republican Party the ultimate humiliation of a Donald Trump landslide—not in Iowa, per se, but in the presidential primary writ large. Until this week, nonplussed Republicans were contemplating with dread an increasingly likely…
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Why Aren’t More Black Students Identified as Gifted?

1 week ago

Nationally, black and Hispanic students are underrepresented in gifted programs, which provide specialized instruction or other services to meet the needs of especially bright or talented students.Data from the U.S. Department of Education show that black and Hispanic students make up 40 percent of public…
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What’s Wrong With Craig Venter?

1 week ago

On the eve of his 69th birthday, Craig Venter looks on, amused, as his digital doppelganger shuffles from foot to foot. Venter’s white-bearded avatar is the star of an iPad app being demonstrated to me by his head of informatics, Scott Skellenger. Dressed in jeans and a grey V-neck T-shirt, Venter’s…
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