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The Mounting Pressure on Michael Flynn

Earlier this week, two of Michael Flynn’s siblings announced that they had formed a legal-defense fund to help Flynn, the former national-security adviser, pay his legal bills. In early February, Flynn, who had become a focus of the ongoing F.B.I. investigation into Russia’s actions during the …

Michael Flynn

Your Boring Texts Via Archaic Methods of Communication

The Problem with Jake Gyllenhaal’s Oscar-Buzzy Role As an Amputee in “Stronger”

There are certain film festivals that serve as on-ramps to Oscar season. Toronto, which happened earlier this month, is one of them, and “Stronger,” which opened this weekend, premièred there, and edged its way into the traffic of buzz. In particular, its star, Jake Gyllenhaal, is already being …

Jake Gyllenhaal

A Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.” So opens “A Talk to Teachers,” which James Baldwin delivered to a group of educators in October, 1963. (He published it in the <i>Saturday Review</i> the following December.) That year, Medgar Evers, a leading civil-rights figure and …

Teaching

How the Latest Paul Manafort Revelations Fit with Trump’s Business Model

Earlier this week, the Washington <i>Post</i> reported that Paul Manafort, when he was running Donald Trump’s campaign last year, sought to use his position to curry favor with Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch close to the Kremlin. Manafort also, it appears, considered the campaign an opportune time to …

Paul Manafort

Why John McCain Killed Obamacare Repeal—Again

John McCain’s disdain for Donald Trump was stronger than his love of Lindsey Graham. That’s at least one sensible conclusion after the Arizona senator today came out against the Graham-Cassidy bill, the third serious attempt by Republicans this year to replace the Affordable Care Act with a new …

Ryan Lizza

Sarah Palin Promises Alabamans That a Vote for Roy Moore Is a Vote for Trumpism

Early Thursday afternoon, after a cartoonish debate between Roy Moore and Luther Strange, the Alabama politicians who are competing for Jeff Sessions’s old Senate seat, around five hundred people were gathered outside the train depot in Montgomery to rally in support of Moore. Heading into the …

Sarah Palin

What to Stream This Weekend: Five Films of Crime and Punishment

<i>Each week, Richard Brody picks a classic film, a modern film, an independent film, a foreign film, and a documentary for online viewing.</i><p>The uncrowned king of loopy comedy, Jared Hess, turns his attention to crime in “<b>Masterminds</b>” (Amazon, iTunes, YouTube, and other services), from 2016, and the …

Movies

The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project

Americans tend to think that we’re a pretty homogeneous nation, in terms of our vocabulary. Yes, there are Southern drawls, and there’s Boston and Brooklyn and Appalachia and Minnesota, but the words themselves, we believe, are pretty much the same. But there are often significant regional …

Language

Angela Merkel, the Most Powerful Woman in a World of Unstable Men

Angela Merkel didn’t make it to New York to hear President Donald Trump tell other world leaders, at the United Nations General Assembly, that he would destroy North Korea if “Rocket Man” didn’t coöperate. She was busy campaigning for what could—and almost certainly will—be her fourth term as …

Angela Merkel

What to See in Theatres This Weekend: “Mother!,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and More

<i>The New Yorker’s film critics offer quick takes on current theatrical releases.</i><p>“<b>Battle of the Sexes</b>”<p>Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, who made “Little Miss Sunshine,” turn to the tennis court for this drama, set in the early nineteen-seventies. Emma Stone stars as Billie Jean King, a champion in …

Billie Jean King

The Strange Tectonic Coincidence of Mexico’s September Earthquakes

In 1325, the Aztecs, until then a nomadic people, chose the site of their capital, Tenochtitlan, based on a prophecy that the location would be marked by an eagle eating a snake while perched on a cactus. That the cactus in question happened to sit on an island in a mucky lake did not, apparently, …

Earthquakes

Louise Bourgeois Was More Than a Sculptor

Louise Bourgeois is best known for spiders. Big ones, like the twenty-two-foot-tall steel marvel from 1997, which was installed this week in <i>MOMA</i>’s atrium, where it’s already being toasted on Instagram. It hovers protectively over a wire-mesh enclosure housing a mysterious assemblage (of bone, gold, …

Art

At the Brink with North Korea

Evan Osnos recently reported from Washington and Pyongyang on the tensions between the United States and North Korea; he concluded that despite the increasingly forceful rhetoric and military provocations from Kim Jong Un, neither country really has an appetite for nuclear war. Plus, David Remnick …

North Korea

Robert Mueller Metaphors

Robert Mueller is a St. Bernard lumbering up a snowy mountain with a barrel of brandy under his chin.<p>Robert Mueller is Captain Willoughby in “Sense and Sensibility.”<p>Robert Mueller is Adam West, in his guise as Bruce Wayne, talking to the Commissioner en route to the Batpole.<p>Robert Mueller is …

Robert Mueller

Why the Senate Proposal Would Be an Act of Mass Suicide

The fundamental thing to understand about Senate Republicans’ latest attempt to repeal Obamacare is that the bill under consideration would not just undo the Affordable Care Act—it would also end Medicaid as we know it and our federal government’s half-century commitment to closing the country’s …

Health Care

How the Graham-Cassidy Bill Harms the Sick

As the Senate gets closer to an expected vote, next week, on the health-care-reform bill championed by Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, Republicans—Donald Trump included—are still claiming that the measure keeps in place protections for people with preëxisting conditions, while Democrats, …

ObamaCare

“Sometimes People Write Poetry with Their Feet”: A Conversation with Tamim Al-Barghouti

Over the past twenty years, thousands of people have attended performances by the Palestinian-Egyptian poet Tamim Al-Barghouti. In conversation, he speaks with the booming voice of someone practiced at commanding a crowd. He is deliberate about word choice, rummaging around for the precise match, …

Writing

Trump Names Sarah Palin Ambassador to Nambia

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Donald J. Trump on Friday capped a busy week of diplomatic activity by naming the former Alaska governor Sarah Palin the United States Ambassador to Nambia.<p>By naming Palin to this diplomatic post, the United States has become the first nation in the world to …

Daily Cartoon: Friday, September 22nd

Cartoons

Alternate Endings to Classic Video Games

Modern gamers are familiar with the concept of “alternate endings,” which can be unlocked by making a series of specific decisions over the course of gameplay. But few realize that many classic video games had alternate endings as well.<p><i>Mario realizes that he can fly, shrink, and breathe</i> …

Humor

Which Lie Did I Tell?

I share the head of the table in the conference room in Columbia’s Faculty House with a distinguished professor from the University of Southern California. We are the featured guests for the latest Columbia University Seminar, a prestigious academic lecture series that has been running continuously …

Italy

A Dizzying Week of Trump-Russia Revelations

The possible outcomes of the Russia investigation have always been wildly divergent. On one end of the spectrum, it is possible that the Russian government penetrated deep inside the Trump campaign—perhaps with the candidate’s knowledge—and the two entities knowingly colluded in a clearly illegal, …

Donald Trump

Why the Last Snow on Earth May Be Red

Every spring, in alpine regions around the world, one of Earth’s tiniest migrations takes place. The migrants are single-celled green algae; they are kin to seaweed, but instead of living in the sea they live in snow. (Snow weed, maybe?) They spend the winter deep in the snowpack, atop last …

Climate Change

Conversations with Ma

The Beat of Tomorrow

Listening on any given afternoon to the Beat 103.6 FM, a local radio station that broadcasts from northwest London, you might hear “Don’t Know What to Tell Ya,” a C-side single by the late singer Aaliyah; “Millionaire,” an under-the-radar collaboration by Kelis and Andre 3000, from 2003; or a …

Ellen DeGeneres Show

Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” Has a Muse Problem

Woe to the woman Darren Aronofsky casts in his next movie. What fresh tortures will he devise for her? In “Requiem for a Dream,” Ellen Burstyn got her brain fried on amphetamines and electroshock, and Jennifer Connelly was sexually abased by sleazy corporate bros. As Nina Sayers, the ballerina in …

Darren Aronofsky

The New Yorker Festival 2017 Spotlight: Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross is one of television’s most dedicated, and most enthralling, comedians. For nearly two decades, she has played an array of thoroughly modern women with side-splitting specificity. We met Joan Clayton in 2000, and watched, for eight years of “Girlfriends,” as the neurotic …

Tracee Ellis Ross

Did Trump Just Make Iran More Popular?

On Monday, I sat in One U.N. Plaza, the high-rise hotel across the street from the United Nations, and watched a parade of European diplomats head into meetings with Iran’s President, Hassan Rouhani. Boris Johnson, the blond-mopped British foreign minister, sauntered through the lobby in deep …

Iran

People Who Feared Obama Would Take Their Guns Happy to Have Trump Take Their Health Care

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Americans who feared that Barack Obama would come for their guns are happy that Donald Trump is coming for their health care, a new report finds.<p>In interviews conducted across the country, people expressed satisfaction that, by taking away their ability to see a …

Health Care