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Conspiracy theories like QAnon blossom in trying times, but today they are supercharged by the tools of our hyperconnected communities.
June and Jennifer Gibbons withdrew into a private world, with its own language. Then they went on an arson spree. #NewYorkerArchive
Jaime Harrison, a Democrat who is running to unseat Lindsey Graham, discusses his strategy with David Remnick on this week's episode of #NewYorkerRadio. "We need better," he says. "We need someone who can lead."
The creators of Kapital!, a hit French board game about class warfare, attribute its success to “being perfectly in tune with the political moment.”
The traditional Democratic lead in Pennsylvania has eroded, especially as local Republicans recruit and register disaffected Democrats.
“Trump’s whack-a-mole approach doesn’t actually address the underlying risks, which reach far beyond TikTok and WeChat," one foreign-policy scholar said.
If the aftermath of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death has taught us anything, it’s that the institutions of American democracy are in urgent need of repair—that is, if the country can get through the next couple of months with these institutions still intact.
A senior staff attorney at the A.C.L.U. discusses the dangers that immigrant women face at poorly run facilities, and how language barriers make detention and medical care even worse.
Hunter Biden’s life has been full of struggles—drug abuse, alcohol addiction, and family tragedy—and the constant through it all, he says, has been his father’s love.
How did we arrive at a situation in which it’s easier than ever to share your creativity with the world, but harder than ever to make a living doing so?
The United States is considered one of the most stable democracies in the world, but it has a history of violence surrounding elections.
President Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Her confirmation would complete the transformation of the Supreme Court into a forum friendly to business interests, @JeffreyToobin writes.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Marilynne Robinson has devoted her life to reconsidering figures who history has seen fit to forget or malign, and recovering ideas long misinterpreted or neglected.
“For months, I searched for the larger principles or sense of purpose that animates [Mitch] McConnell,” Jane Mayer writes. “Finally, someone who knows him very well told me, ‘Give up.’ ”
We are situated in a part of New York where you’re, like, “Wow, this is a lot of white people,” and, “Was that a Confederate flag?”
“My own feeling is that everything to do with P.C. is a misunderstanding of comedy,” John Cleese says. “Comedy is not about perfect people. It’s about the foibles and the weaknesses of human beings.”
Whether President Trump and Mitch McConnell manage to push a nominee onto the Supreme Court will depend largely on the fortitude of some supposedly moderate G.O.P. senators.
No one knows for sure how the politics of the Supreme Court seat will play out in close Senate races. But the issue likely puts some of the most endangered Republican candidates in very tough spots.
.@EmilyFlake illustrates some of the less-discussed details in Bob Woodward's new book.
Thanks in part to the power of suggestion algorithms on YouTube and Facebook, QAnon has snowballed from a fringe fantasy into what could legitimately be described as a movement.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokić seem to be each other’s antitheses. But during the N.B.A. playoffs, they have grown closer in resemblance, as supportive couples often do.
The nonprofit gallery and studio Creative Growth has responded to the coronavirus pandemic in inventive, nimble, and enlivening ways.
“In ‘The Waste Land,’ I wasn’t even bothering whether I understood what I was saying,” T. S. Eliot, who was born on this day in 1888, told an interviewer.
In “Blizzard,” the 10th book of poems by Henri Cole, ordinary life shares a plane with the eerie, the uncanny, and the berserk.
Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination would fulfill former Justice Lewis Powell’s plan to transform the Supreme Court into a forum friendly to business interests.
A member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic described the orchestra’s recent performance as “the purest musical experience I’ve had in the Bowl, or anywhere.”
As a newspaper editor, Harold Evans, who died on Wednesday, was on a level of legend that, in America, only Ben Bradlee at the Washington Post can quite equal.
.@CarlosLozadaWP has immersed himself in books that purport to explain Donald Trump. So you don't have to, he discusses what he's learned on this week's episode of #NewYorkerRadio. Listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Will President Trump fight the election results? “If Trump is ahead on Election Night, then he plows ahead,” @rickhasen predicts. “If it is close, he plows ahead. If he loses Florida and Texas, I don’t know that he plows ahead.”
Dexter Filkins discusses how Republicans have been suppressing Democratic votes to turn Florida from a swing state into a G.O.P. stronghold. Listen here, or wherever you get your podcasts. #NewYorkerRadio
If the Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett, five members of the Supreme Court will have been selected by a President who initially won the White House while losing the popular vote.
French drawings "proved to be just my speed as I return to savoring art in person after half a year’s diet of digital gruel," Peter Schjeldahl writes.
The influenza epidemic, which left more than 675,000 Americans dead, may have contributed to the longing for normalcy that brought Warren G. Harding to the White House.
CIEQSFTTLFACQTAAEIWRAFGYTVKIMVDNGNCRLHVC These 40 letters are a set of instructions for building a sophisticated medical device designed to recognize the flu virus in your body.
The HBO series "Lovecraft Country" presents an account of racially segregated America tinged with strangeness.
How defunding the police became a central tenet of the Black Lives Matter movement—and why it must be done.
Miranda July’s latest film, featuring Richard Jenkins, Debra Winger, and Evan Rachel Wood as a trio of desperate scammers, is a ferociously sharp-minded fantasy about parents and children.
Washington’s secretary of state, who has spent much of her tenure insuring the safety of elections in a state that conducts almost all of its voting by mail, offers advice to the rest of the country as the 2020 election approaches.
A look at Ruth Bader Ginsburg through the years, from her childhood in Brooklyn to her swearing in as a Supreme Court Justice.
In this moment of exalting uprisings and reëmergent social movements, @KeeangaYamahtta writes, we cannot overlook the disturbing history of the Supreme Court and its regressive role in American society.
Fiona Apple’s new album, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters," dives deep into conflicting impulses—she empathizes with other women, rages at them, grows infatuated with them, and mourns their rejection, sometimes all at once.
In 2018, Dollar General’s C.E.O. received more than $10 million in total compensation, nearly 800 times the median pay for workers at the company.
According to a whistle-blower, Irwin County Detention Center's failure to respond to the pandemic is merely the latest in a pattern of neglect that borders on actual malice.
Lorraine Gray’s documentary "With Babies and Banners" offers a fascinating view of a 1936-37 strike at G.M. plants in Flint, Michigan, and a harrowing account of the history of women and factory work.
The Trump campaign’s legal arguments against mail-in voting help to bolster a political strategy—that of potentially calling election outcomes into question, and generally making it seem like the election system is chaotic, @rickhasen says.
Disturbing as it is, the rushed Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett is but one part of a bigger and even more alarming story, @JohnCassidy writes.
The women in a 1979 documentary “With Babies and Banners” call for the increased representation of women in union leadership, with an eye to specific policy changes of the sort that remain on the agenda even today.
.@JaneMayerNYer and @JeffreyToobin discuss Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy, how the fight for her seat will affect the 2020 election, and the key cases that the Court is likely to hear in the coming term. Listen here.
Coding together at the same computer, Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat changed the course of the company—and the Internet.
In recent years, the conservative columnist David Brooks has divorced, remarried, broken with Republicans over Trump, and explored Christianity. How deep was his transformation?
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