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The Dallas Shooting and the Advent of Killer Police Robots

Chief David Brown says officers used a device equipped with a bomb to kill a suspect, a perhaps unprecedented move that raises new questions about use of lethal force.<p>In the mourning over the murders of five police officers in Dallas, and relief that the standoff had ended, one unusual detail stuck …

Law Enforcement

A True-Crime Veteran on Our Fascination with Serial Killers

For the writer Skip Hollandsworth, there was life before Charlie and there was life after. In 1993, early on in a journalism career he describes as, to that point, “fairly blasé,” Hollandsworth read about Charles Albright, a middle-aged former science teacher and football star who was known in the …

The O.J. Story and the Flow of Information in a Pre-Internet World

The key word in Ezra Edelman’s magisterial documentary “O.J.: Made in America” is spoken in the fourth episode, by the Reverend Cecil Murray: “mentality.” The movie, and O. J. Simpson’s life, are filled with incontrovertible physicalities on both a personal and a systemic level—among them are …

Cash-Strapped Trump Campaign Auctions Chris Christie on eBay

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In what some are calling a sign of its desperation to raise cash, the Presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump is auctioning off New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on the popular e-commerce site eBay, campaign officials have confirmed.<p>Christie, who is described on the …

The Woman Card

How feminism and antifeminism created Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.<p>“I<i>t means freedom for women to vote against the party this donkey represents</i>” read the sign on a donkey named Woodrow who, wearing a bow, was paraded through Denver by the National Woman’s Party during its campaign against the …

No, Lena Dunham, the world isn’t out to get you

The face of young feminism, Lena Dunham, took a break from campaigning to #FreeKesha this week to focus on the issue of Photoshopping instead. On Instagram, the social media forum for all serious politic debate, Dunham posted a message to Spanish newspaper <i>El Pais</i>. In it she told her 2.4 million …

Feminism

Who Are Donald Trump's Supporters, Really?

Four theories to explain the front-runner’s rise to the top of the polls.<p>Who are the 49 percent?<p>Donald Trump is now the presumptive frontrunner for the GOP nomination, attracting nearly half of Republican support, in the latest national poll. The peculiar allure of the Trump Brand has been …

Republicans

Donald Trump: The Protector

He will make you safe. He will give you health care. He will give you jobs. He will build a wall. Protecting you is his prime directive.<p>Like many people, I have been wondering: What on Earth explains Donald Trump’s remarkable appeal to voters?<p>I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer is fairly …

Voting

The Real O’Neals: Daring, Disguised as Ordinary

Conventional presentation aside, the sharply funny ABC sitcom explores darker family conflicts about religion and sexuality.<p>For years, ABC has been the home of the gently quirky family comedy, with each entry putting some new tilt on the nuclear unit: <i>Modern Family,</i> <i>The Middle,</i> <i>Black-ish,</i> <i>The …

TV

Donald Trump's Walmart Candidacy

As a field of boutique candidates caters to the well-heeled, the frontrunner dominates the down-market demographic.<p>Throughout the summer of Trump, then the autumn of Trump, and now into Trump-mas-tide, pundits and politicians alike have assumed that something would happen that would cause Trump’s …

Donald Trump

The Tragic, Forgotten History of Zombies

The horror-movie trope owes its heritage to Haitian slaves, who imagined being imprisoned in their bodies forever.<p>In the original script for 1968’s <i>Night of the Living Dead,</i> the director George A. Romero refers to his flesh-eating antagonists as “ghouls.” Although the film is widely credited with …

Black History

When Diabetes Leads to an Eating Disorder

People with “diabulimia” manipulate their insulin to lose weight, often with dangerous consequences.<p>At age 15, Sara Pastor discovered that she could use her diabetes to control her weight. All she had to do was stop taking her insulin.<p>“The first day it ever happened, it was Halloween. I ate some …

Diabetes

Everything We Know About Game Of Thrones Season 6 So Far [Updated]

The next season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> will be unique—a show that’s been so heavily dependent on its book source material will suddenly be venturing out …

TV Series

There Are No Innocent Black People

Monday afternoon, video emerged of a white man approaching a small, black girl sitting in a classroom, noosing a thick arm around her neck, slamming …

The G.O.P. Debate: Crowded, Bloated, Sour, and Trump

With about fifteen minutes to go in the G.O.P. Presidential debate last night, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, it looked as if it might be hard to pick a low point. The candidates had, after all, been squabbling for almost three hours, long enough to foster fantasies of using Reagan’s …

Kim Davis’s Cafeteria Government

Kim Davis, America’s most famous county clerk, returned to work in Kentucky Monday morning, and she announced—well, it wasn’t entirely clear what she was saying. Earlier this month, a federal judge had jailed her for contempt of court because she refused to provide marriage licenses for same-sex …

How Much Harm Can Sugar Do?

If you want to wage a war, you have to have an enemy. By almost any measure—scientific reports, documentaries, government announcements, and nearly thirty million Google results—we have been waging a War on Obesity for many years. It is not going well. The most comprehensive recent data, from the …

So Long, L’Carpetron: A Farewell to “Key & Peele”

I met Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele five years ago, in my manager’s office. They were looking for showrunners for a sketch-comedy project they were developing for Comedy Central. My writing partner, Ian Roberts, and I had done a few sketch shows between us and were looking for work. The …

Prisoners’ Lives Matter

Last Tuesday morning, online readers of the New York <i>Times</i> awoke to discover a video on the newspaper’s home page titled “Countdown to Death at Rikers Island.” It had been recorded by jailhouse surveillance cameras, and featured forty-five-year-old Carlos Mercado, who had been arrested for selling …

The Worst of the Worst

Judy Clarke excelled at saving the lives of notorious killers. Then she took the case of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.<p>“We meet in the most tragic of circumstances,” Judy Clarke, the lead defense lawyer representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, began. She stood at a lectern, facing the jurors, in a dark suit accented by …

Where Wim Wenders Went Wrong

The retrospective of films by Wim Wenders currently running at IFC Center offers a chance to observe an unusual cinematic phenomenon. Wenders’s career is marked by a break that occurred between 1975 and 1977, between the films “Kings of the Road” and “The American Friend.” Both are road movies (the …

The Most Important Legacy of the Black Panthers

“Relations between police and Negroes throughout the country are getting worse,” a mid-sixties newscaster intones over images of police arresting young black men, which appear at the outset of Stanley Nelson’s “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of The Revolution.” Perhaps this assertion is as true today …

15 Going on 30: Reading The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The controversial coming-of-age story unfolds during a time before the Internet changed what it means to be adolescent.<p>Teenagers are as old as humanity; adolescence, however, at least in the arc of American history, is a relatively new thing. Before the late 19th century, and especially before the …

Sony Pictures

Readers React to Obama's ‘Grace’ Speech

Did the speech in Charleston demonstrate President Obama’s lasting achievements? Or the limits of what he has done? Ten views.<p>Over the weekend, I did an assessment of Barack Obama’s “Grace” speech, his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney and tribute to the eight other members of the Emanuel …

Mitch McConnell

Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' Video Is the Anti-Avengers

It zanily explodes conventions around gender and action movies.<p>The recent article from a “men’s rights advocate” calling for people to boycott <i>Mad Max: Fury Road</i> got more attention than it should have, probably. Writing at <i>Return of Kings</i>, Aaron Clarey suspected an ideological tint to George Miller’s …

Kendrick Lamar

You Win, Kim Kardashian

Her 448-page book of selfies is mind-numbingly silly. It is also refreshingly honest.<p>They do not make, to my knowledge, Very Special Episodes of reality shows. If they did, though, Sunday's installment of <i>Keeping Up With the Kardashians</i> would certainly have qualified for the honor. In it, Kim …

Framing

Reviving the Female Canon

Despite their influence in the 17th century, the era’s women thinkers are absent from historical anthologies of philosophical works. A group of scholars is trying to change that.<p>In his first work, published in 1747, Immanuel Kant cites the ideas of another philosopher: a scholar of Newton, …

University of Pennsylvania

What People Around the World Dream About

An atlas of the subconscious, from Tijuana to Reykjavik<p>The first thing I learned is: Everybody flies.<p>Consider the surly taxi driver I met in Ukraine who, when asked what he dreamed of at night, responded, “I jump and then I fly—higher than the trees, higher than the trolley wires.”<p>“I think when I …

Charlie Chaplin

For Women, By Women, About Men

In “Super Sad True Love Story,” Gary Shteyngart’s novel set in a social-media dystopia, each person is publicly assigned a “fuckability” score, determined by various algorithms. Lulu, an app founded in 2013, is the closest anyone has come, so far, to making Shteyngart’s vision come true. “We look …