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The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.<p>On a humid afternoon this past …

Journalism

The Iran Deal and the Rut of History

Has the Obama administration’s pursuit of new beginnings blinded it to enduring enmities?<p>“The president said many times he’s willing to step out of the rut of history.” In this way Ben Rhodes of the White House, who over the years has broken new ground in the grandiosity of presidential …

South Asia

Ted Cruz Plays the Maverick

The Texas conservative assumes the role of Washington rebel, and enlists his outraged colleagues as his supporting cast.<p>On Friday, Ted Cruz called the leader of his party a liar on the Senate floor. On Sunday, Cruz’s fellow Republicans responded by abandoning him in dramatic fashion.<p>Cruz has turned …

Republicans

The Real Test of the Iran Deal

The agreement doesn’t guarantee that Tehran will never produce nuclear weapons—because no agreement could do so.<p>A week ago I volunteered my way into an <i>Atlantic</i> debate on the merits of the Iran nuclear agreement. The long version of the post is here; the summary is that the administration has both …

Middle East

Radiation. Government conspiracy. Mass hysteria. There are plenty of theories as to why the residents of a tiny Kazakh mining region keep falling asleep for days at a time, but no answers. BuzzFeed News spends a week there and tries to stay awake.

<b>It was a crisp April morning in 2010</b> when the first person in town fell ill. The handful of women who manned the market in Krasnogorsk, a town in northwestern Kazakhstan, were exchanging the usual gossip over morning tea — how everyone had slept, whose children were causing trouble, what was …