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Language policing

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stumbled into controversy this week, although it was perhaps unwarranted. Trudeau became the subject of derision and mockery when he...

No, it’s not a crash. It’s not even a correction, at least not yet. The stock market fell 1,175.21 points on the Dow yesterday to 24,345.75....
Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi dismissed the bonuses associated with recently enacted tax cuts for middle-class individuals as "pathetic" and mere "crumbs." For someone who lives in the...
Donald Trump

Among the right’s moral majoritarian leadership, the ethical flexibility on display since the revelations involving Donald Trump’s alleged affair with an adult film actress is...
extreme vetting

Observers on the right must have been confused by the controversy that erupted following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s recent appearance on Fox News. What he...
donald trump

BuzzFeed News editor in chief Ben Smith would like you to know that he’s proud of his organization’s decision to publish the raw, unverified intelligence...
pessimism

Befitting our post-literate political age, in which the American president and his courtiers actively deride expertise and activists across the political spectrum reject thoughtfulness in...
economy

Everyone knows that the stock market is soaring, perhaps too much. The Dow went up 24 percent in 2017. That's not a record, to be...
Ajit Pai

At some point predating Donald Trump’s ascension to the presidency, political activism evolved from a civic exercise into a lifestyle. For the initiated, traditional forms...
Jobs report

The December jobs report, out this morning, reported 148,000 new jobs in December while the unemployment rate stayed steady at 4.1 percent. The number of...
taxes

The New York Times had a startling headline in the print edition this week, above the fold and in the left-hand column no less: "With Red Tape...
cash

The digital revolution has sent many technologies into the Smithsonian: typewriters, carbon paper, film, car keys, cathode ray tube TVs, solitaire with actual playing cards,...