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What If We Had Perfect Robot Referees?

Last month, Mark Clattenburg, who is generally regarded as one of the finest referees in professional soccer, left England’s Premier League for a better-paying position in Saudi Arabia. Plenty of famous players have chosen riches over prestige and joined less established leagues in Asia and the …

The Avengers

Senators Ask for an Investigation into Trump Dealings in Azerbaijan

The ranking Democratic members of the Senate’s Foreign Relations, Banking, and Judiciary committees have written a joint letter to several Trump Administration officials asking them to address the possibility that the Trump Organization violated several laws in its dealings in Azerbaijan. The …

Corruption

The Brooklyn Neighborhood Blogger with the Paul Manafort Scoop

K<i>atia Kelly has lived in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn for three decades. About ten years ago, when she was in her mid-forties, she began writing a blog about the neighborhood, and the changes she saw in it, called Pardon Me for Asking (tagline: “News from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn,</i> …

New York City

Some of the Ways TV Critics Have Tried to Get Me to Watch “The Americans”

This one critic from the <i>Times</i> had a pizza delivered to my house, and after I ate the pizza I saw that he’d written, “Accepting this pizza obligates you to view no fewer than three episodes of ‘The Americans’ ” on the inside of the box. When I talked to my lawyer, she pointed out that the contract …

TV

A French Novelist Confronts Orientalism

The French novelist Mathias Énard is an unusual kind of regionalist. His great subject isn’t a small town or neighborhood but the vast Mediterranean basin, and practically everyone within it. Énard speaks Persian and Arabic, and he has taught at universities throughout Europe and the Middle East. …

Literature

How Trump Could Still Undermine Obamacare

Health-insurance death spirals—the process by which insurance plans collapse under the weight of high premiums that nobody can afford—are such rare events that only a handful of examples are available to study. One academic paper recounts the “slow-motion” collapse of an insurance product offered …

Health Care

Nunes Says He Held Russia Hearings Alone in His Apartment and They Went Great

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Representative Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Wednesday that he just spent several days alone in his apartment holding hearings on President Donald J. Trump’s ties to Russia and that those hearings “went really …

Devin Nunes

Deutsche Bank, Mirror Trades, and More Russian Threads

On March 10th, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the ranking Democratic member on the House Committee on Financial Services, wrote a letter with four other Democrats to Congressman Jeb Hensarling, the Republican chairman of that committee, the contents of which would have been considered extraordinary …

Corruption

A Strange Australian Masterpiece

The Australian writer Gerald Murnane was born in a suburb of Melbourne, in 1939, and has spent his entire life in Australia. His novel “The Plains,” first published thirty-five years ago and reissued next month, is a bizarre masterpiece that can feel less like something you’ve read than something …

Literature

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing “Money,” one of the novels that defined the nineteen-eighties, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with another contemporary icon. “I have spent weeks in a PacMan-fed stupor, unwilling and unable to think about anything else,” he wrote in …

Pacman

Donald Trump and the Myth of the Coal Revival

On Tuesday, less than two weeks after the White House unveiled its “budget blueprint to make America great again,” which proposed to reduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s funding by $2.6 billion and lay off about a fifth of its workforce, President Trump took aim at the E.P.A. once more. On …

Environment

Theresa May’s Empty Brexit Promises

Brexit has begun. On Tuesday evening, Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, signed a letter formally giving notice that the United Kingdom intends to leave the European Union. On Wednesday, Sir Tim Barlow, the U.K.’s Ambassador to the E.U., delivered the letter to Donald Tusk, the president of …

Brexit

Three Hundred and Seventy-Two Simple Ways to Protect Your Digital Life

1. The single most effective way to protect yourself is to change your passwords. All of them. All the time. Commit to changing your passwords so often that you won’t ever actually do it.<p>2. Download and install an app that encrypts all your electronic messages. The next day, when you forget your …

Security

John Mayer Is a Wonderland

On a recent trip to Cuba, a travelling companion and I found ourselves in a strange make of Honda, being piloted through the verdant countryside by a twenty-four-year-old university professor named Ernesto. We’d met him through an enterprising employee of our hotel in Havana. For a prearranged …

John Mayer

Donald Trump, Lost in Africa

The Trump Administration’s budget proposal for next year includes drastic cuts to a myriad of social services and programs, to environmental protection, education, public housing, and the arts and science. But there is something else buried under all of those line items: a call to completely …

Africa

Maybe the Earth Is Flat If You Are Kyrie Irving

One of my favorite basketball anecdotes involves George (Iceman) Gervin sitting in the locker room, sometime in the late nineteen-seventies, after hitting a game-winning shot. Journalists crowd him asking locker-room questions: “How did you do it?” “How did it feel?” “What were you thinking?” After …

Cleveland

Ars Nova’s Brilliant Career

On a Monday night this winter, at a gala in a Beaux-Arts former bank downtown, the young playwright Rachel Bonds, whose luminous “Sundown, Yellow Moon” is currently onstage uptown, made a showstopper of a speech, on a night not lacking in potential showstoppers. The event was a fund-raiser for the …

Josh Groban

White House Denies Any Ties to United States

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In a fiercely defiant statement on Tuesday, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied that any member of the White House staff has ever worked “in any way, shape, or form” for the benefit of the United States.<p>Angrily addressing the press corps, Spicer …

Sean Spicer

The Problems with Trump’s D.C. Hotel Deal Aren’t Going Away

As the prospect of a Trump Presidency became real last year, a number of leading experts on ethics and corruption called on the U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees federal contracts, to cancel the Trump Organization’s lease to operate the Trump International Hotel in Washington, …

Eric Trump

How the White House and Republicans Blew Up the House Russia Investigation

The evidence is now clear that the White House and Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, have worked together to halt what was previously billed as a sweeping investigation of Russian interference in last year’s election. “We’ve been frozen,” Jim Himes, a Democratic …

Government

Pope Francis Proposes a Cure for Populism

Last Friday, twenty-seven heads of state gathered in Rome to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the treaty that established the European Economic Community, the progenitor of the European Union. Perhaps because of the setting, it seemed natural that Pope Francis should address them; he did so in the …

Pope Francis

Can Donald Trump Learn from Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill?

On April 28, 1982, fifteen months into his first term, President Ronald Reagan went up to Capitol Hill to meet with Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House. The two Irish-American politicians had to that point been bitter enemies. As Reagan had pursued his conservative agenda of tax cuts, …

Ronald Reagan

My Ideal New York-Based “Fast & Furious” Movie

T<i>he eighth “Fast & Furious” movie, “The Fate of the Furious,” is coming out on April 14th. It is the first movie in the franchise to be set in New York City. I’m very excited to see how the film portrays the city in which I live. So excited, in fact, that I’ve drafted the following pitches:</i><p>Vin …

Movies

The Gong Show, with Donald Trump

In the summer of 1976, the television producer Chuck Barris brought to NBC his most successful idea: “The Gong Show,” which today is probably remembered more for its name than its content. The idea was to let distinctly odd performers compete before a panel of B-list celebrities. If an act was …

Donald Trump

When Is It Time to Retreat from Climate Change?

Isle de Jean Charles, a stitch of land on the tattered southern fringe of Louisiana, is thin and getting thinner. Battered by storms and sea-level rise, and deprived of revitalizing sediment from the Mississippi River, its surface area has shrunk by ninety-eight per cent since 1955, and its …

Climate Change

What the Russian Protests Mean for Putin

Sunday in Moscow was a bright spring day, chilly but clear, and by the time I made my way to Tverskaya Street, Moscow’s main thoroughfare, the sidewalks were full of people strolling up, toward Pushkin Square, and down, toward Red Square and the red-brick towers of the Kremlin. They had come out …

Russia

Agnès Varda’s Art of Being There

Movie theatres used to be more like art galleries. Many viewers went without regard to showtimes and dropped in on a movie in progress, staying again to watch from the start to their own entry point (thus, the origin of the phrase “This is where I came in”). Now moviegoing—expensive and rare—is …

Filmmaking

“Get Out” and the Death of White Racial Innocence

As “Get Out” climbs above the hundred-million-dollar mark at the box office and starts to open around the world, I keep thinking of my original viewing of the film, in downtown Brooklyn, where I could count all the white people in the large movie theatre on one hand. When Chris Washington (Daniel …

Racism

The Sriracha Argument for Immigration

Recently, I drove to a distant corner of Toronto in search of rosewater-scented phyllo. The destination was Crown Pastries, a two-year-old Syrian bakery wedged between a Subway and an adult-video store. Founded by two brothers who emigrated from Aleppo in 2009, Crown Pastries—though located in a …

Restaurants

The Official United Airlines Dress Code

United Airlines barred two teenage girls from boarding a flight on Sunday morning and required a child to change into a dress after a gate agent decided the leggings they were wearing were inappropriate.—the <i>Times</i>.<p>The United Airlines dress code outlines corporate expectations for clothing worn by …

Airlines