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Manafort Goes to the Mattresses

Things look grimmer by the day for Paul Manafort. Thanks to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, President Trump’s former campaign manager …

Has wine gone bad?

If you were lucky enough to dine at Noma, in Copenhagen, in 2011 – which had just been crowned as the “best restaurant in the world” – you might have been served one of its signature dishes: a single, raw, razor clam from the North Sea, in a foaming pool of aqueous parsley, topped with a dusting of …

Wine

For elites, politics is driven by ideology. For voters, it’s not.

Committed liberals and conservatives don’t realize how weird they are.<p>You are weird. I am <i>very</i> weird. And the worst part is, we don’t really recognize how weird we are.<p>That’s the basic argument of Donald Kinder and Nathan Kalmoe’s <i>Neither Liberal nor Conservative: Ideological Innocence in the</i> …

When Kids Have to Act Like Parents, It Affects Them for Life

Some people who have to be responsible for their siblings or parents as children grow up to be compulsive caretakers.<p>Laura Kiesel was only 6 years old when she became a parent to her infant brother. At home, his crib was placed directly next to her bed, so that when he cried at night, she was the …

Parenting

The Decline of the Midwest's Public Universities Threatens to Wreck Its Most Vibrant Economies

And there could be far-reaching consequences for the national economy too.<p>Four floors above a dull cinder-block lobby in a nondescript building at the Ohio State University, the doors of a slow-moving elevator open on an unexpectedly futuristic 10,000-square-foot laboratory bristling with …

Higher Education

Hurricane Harvey offers lessons Republicans will probably ignore

Hurricane Harvey has exposed the weakness of the three shibboleths that have been the guiding political philosophy for two generations of Republicans. Those three shaky imperatives are that 1) lowering taxes is always a good idea, 2) government programs can always be cut and 3) economic growth must …

Hurricane Harvey

Barack Obama is officially one of the most consequential presidents in American history

The utter failure of Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Donald Trump to pass a bill rolling back the Affordable Care Act makes one thing perfectly clear: love him or hate him, Barack Obama is one of the most consequential presidents in American history — and that he will be a particularly towering …

How Germany Managed to Avoid Populism

The country’s economic resilience may have contributed to its political resilience.<p>Last year’s Brexit vote followed by the election of Donald Trump resulted in the idea that populism was sweeping the West. Elections were scheduled in 2017 for Austria, the Netherlands, France, and Germany, leading …

Europe

CNN Warns It May Expose an Anonymous Critic if He Ever Again Publishes Bad Content

<b>(updated below)</b><p>A controversy erupted late Tuesday night after CNN published an article announcing that it had uncovered the identity of the anonymous …

Internet

How old were the Founding Fathers: The leaders of the American Revolution were younger than we imagine.

It’s a simple question—perhaps so basic that it’s been overlooked: How old were the leaders of the American Revolution?<p>As it turns out, many Founding …

The Limits Of Expertise

Expertise consists of detailed knowledge and experience in a field that permits you to undertake successful actions. An air conditioner repairman, a surgeon and a financial engineer are all examples of expertise, along with endless others. No reasonable person would argue against the need for …

How the baby boomers destroyed everything

Even before the election, Americans were asking just how we got <i>here</i> — to this sullen moment of national reckoning. Since November, the autopsy has …

Bill Clinton

The Only Thing, Historically, That's Curbed Inequality: Catastrophe

Plagues, revolutions, massive wars, collapsed states—these are what reliably reduce economic disparities.<p>Calls to make America great again hark back to a time when income inequality receded even as the economy boomed and the middle class expanded. Yet it is all too easy to forget just how deeply …

Is Trump an authoritarian at heart? It matters less than you think.

People often think that politicians in democracies ought necessarily be democrats by personal conviction, and politicians in authoritarian countries are going to be authoritarians. This, for example, colors people’s ideas about the Trump administration. Many observers worry that President Trump is …

A top Russian dissident on why Putin's honeymoon with Trump won't last

Grigory Chkhartishvili is one of Russia’s most popular novelists. Published under the pen name Boris Akunin, his books—many of which trace the adventures of a 19th-century sleuth— have sold over 30 million copies worldwide.<p>But Chkhartishvili is also a scholar and historian, having authored the …

Russia

The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins

Intelligence Community pushes back against a White House it considers leaky, untruthful and penetrated by the Kremlin<p>In a recent column, I explained …

Data shows a downward demographic spiral for Republicans

Ken Miller Contributor<p>Ken Miller is an investor, writer and advisor to several technology companies and venture capital firms. Previously he was an executive at PayPal and Intuit, and early advisor to Square.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>As hyper-conservative media surged, Republicans’ trust in …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump and Steve Bannon need angry young men. They’re using Gamergate culture to get them

Donald Trump is a bully. During his campaign, the US presidential candidate attacked women, the disabled, Mexicans, and immigrants of all stripes. But it’s not the first time the internet has seen these actions. Since 2014, online harassers from the so-called “alt-right” group known as Gamergate …

Donald Trump

Two Nobel Prize-winning nuclear experts explain the unlikely reasons why Trump could be our savior

The Doomsday Clock has been advanced to 2.5 minutes to midnight—a setting closer to humanity’s extinction than any year since 1953. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the minute hand forward by 30 seconds due to increasing existential threats from nuclear war, climate change, cyberwarfare, …

I ran Clinton's campaign, and I fear Russia is meddling with more than elections | Robby Mook

Vladimir Putin wants to extend his influence beyond the ballot box and into the very fabric of our public life. We must take action before it’s too late<p>The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is being treated too much like a novelty …

What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read

President Trump’s strategic adviser is elevating a once-obscure network of political thinkers.<p>The first weeks of the Trump presidency have brought as much focus on the White House’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, as on the new president himself. But if Bannon has been the driving force behind the …

Donald Trump

Ex-top U.S. officials to court: Trump's travel ban could endanger troops and hurt national security

President Donald Trump’s travel ban is an unjustified executive order that “undermines” the nation’s national security, a group of top former national security and intelligence officials said Monday.<p>Former Secretaries of State John Kerry and Madeleine Albright and eight other top officials filed a …

The myth that British data scientists won the election for Trump

Claims that social media data won the presidency are greatly exaggerated<p>A piece of data science mythology has been floating around the internet for …

John McCain: lifting Russia sanctions would be 'naive and dangerous'

Arizona senator warns president that Senate would reimpose sanctions on Moscow, in statement seconded by fellow Republican senator Rob Portman<p>Senator John McCain has warned Donald Trump that the Senate would quickly reimpose sanctions on Russia if they are lifted by the president, setting up an …

Russia

Obama’s legacy will be inspirational rather than transformational.

A decade ago, Barack Obama was already contemplating his presidential legacy. I know because I talked to him about it in 2006, during a long …

Why the elites always rule

Since an Italian sociologist coined the word “elite” in 1902, it has become a term of abuse. But history is the story of one elite replacing another …

Great Britain

Don’t think of a rampaging elephant: Linguist George Lakoff explains how the Democrats helped elect Trump

<b>George Lakoff (Simon & Schuster/Bart Nagel)</b><p>Democrats played into Trump’s hands, Lakoff says — and they won’t win until they learn how to frame the debate<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>January 15, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>George Lakoff didn't start off in the world of politics. He was a founding father of cognitive …

I-DEAS

'Alternative Facts': The Needless Lies of the Trump Administration

If the president and his aides will tell easily disproven falsehoods about crowd sizes and speeches, what else will they be willing to dissemble about?<p>One of the many things that is remarkable about the Trump administration is its devotion, even in its first days, to a particular variety of …

Donald Trump

Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump’s team has ‘alternative facts.’ Which pretty much says it all.

By Aaron Blake<p>, Senior reporter<p>If there is one video clip that describes the new reality for the political media — and for the truth — during the President Trump era, it is the one above.<p>It's a discussion about White House press secretary Sean Spicer, on his first full day in that job, having taken …

Donald Trump

Without a path from protest to power, the Women's March will end up like Occupy

Social activists have succumbed to one of the most enduring myths of contemporary American protest. It’s time to consider what happens the day after<p>Shortly after Donald Trump’s shock election victory, I received an urgent call from one of the co-creators of the Women’s March on Washington. She was …

Women's March on Washington