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The 25 Best Sci-Fi Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Children of Men’ to ‘Her’

With themes that range from love to fear to humanity itself, the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century all share distinctly original visions.<p>Sci-fi …

Science Fiction

Five Reasons the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate

A journalist who covered Nixon’s fall 45 years ago explains why the current challenge to America may be more severe—and the democratic system less capable of handling it.<p>The tangled affair now known as Watergate began 45 years ago, before most of today’s U.S. population had even been born. (The …

Why Liberals Aren’t as Tolerant as They Think

The political left might consider itself more open-minded than the right. But research shows that liberals are just as prejudiced against conservatives as conservatives are against liberals.<p>In March, students at Middlebury College disrupted a lecture by the conservative political scientist Charles …

Critical Thinking

Trump’s totally bizarre claim about avoiding the Civil War

Why couldn't we all just get along?<p>That's what President Trump wants to know about the Civil War. In an interview with the Washington Examiner's Salena Zito, our president-historian posits that the war might not have happened if only Andrew Jackson had still been around. The whole thing apparently …

War

‘They Thought the Man Had Gone Bananas’

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Why Some Cities and States Are Footing the Bill for Community College

Americans are often expected to have some level of higher education before they enter the workforce. These political leaders are asking: Shouldn’t government help them along?<p>CHICAGO—A surge of innovation in states and cities is building momentum for what could become a seismic shift in American …

Don't underestimate the harm 'brittle masculinity' can do to the world | Timothy Snyder

Strength brings problems and weakness brings others. But weakness posing as strength is the most dangerous of all<p>In his history of the origins of the great war, Christopher Clark wrote of “brittle masculinity”, a threatened sense of manhood that lurked beneath the spiked helms and elaborate …

Foreign Policy

Trump Realizes Being President Is Hard

The 45th president’s journey of discovery could be a public service, if it helps bring his supporters to greater understanding of the complexities of governing.<p>Let the betting pools begin: What will be the next policy issue that Donald Trump suddenly discovers is way more complicated than “anyone” …

How America Is Losing the Credibility War

In times of crisis, credibility is an American president’s most valuable currency. It’s one thing for a foreign partner to doubt a president’s judgment; it’s entirely more debilitating when that partner doubts the president’s word.<p>As President Trump confronts the twin challenges of North Korea and …

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.<p>As Christmas approached in 2015, the price of …