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Letter from Germany

How a Teen’s Death Has Become a Political Weapon

When a refugee killed a fourteen-year-old girl, Germany’s far right saw opportunity in tragedy.

Podcast Dept.

The Sins of Rod Blagojevich Are the Sins of Our Time

The new podcast revisits the saga of the swoop-coiffed, boisterously ridiculous Illinois governor—F.B.I. agents, no-bid jobs, wiretaps, show biz, and all.

Daily Comment

Davos Should Heed the Investor Seth Klarman’s Warning

Klarman, a low-key but highly influential investor, believes that shortsighted business practices are imperilling public confidence in capitalism.

Our Columnists

Halfway Through the Trump Presidency, the Resistance Is Winning

Although Donald Trump has undoubtedly disrupted the American system of government, he hasn’t upended it. And, in many ways, his Administration is already losing steam.

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The Front Row

The Dismaying 2019 Oscar Nominations

Prompted by the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, the Academy has added more women, people of color, and younger people from the industry, but it has not changed fast enough.

Musical Events

Psychotic Opera at the Prototype Festival

New works tell stories of tortured minds.

Annals of Technology

The Voting-Machine Lobbyists Undermining Democracy

The practice of democracy begins with casting votes, and the integrity of democracy depends on the inclusivity of the franchise and the accurate recording of its will.

Sticking Points

When Will My Apartment Be Underwater?

The climate-change activist Jon Leland has created thousands of stickers warning New Yorkers of rising sea levels.

Sketchbook

An L Train Love Story

A lot can happen between stops.

Puzzles Dept.

The Weekly Crossword

Soccer star Cristiano who was the most-followed athlete on Instagram in 2018: seven letters.

The Latest

The Bad-Boy Chef

Timmy experienced his culinary “Aha!” moment at age three, when he bit into an apple and did not immediately spit it out.

7:00 A.M.

Making the Case

Donald Trump’s nominee, William Barr, told senators that he would protect the work of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, but that’s not the Attorney General’s only job.

January 22, 2019

America!: New Stamps From the U.S. Postal Service

Needy national parks, Russian trolls licking the Liberty Bell, and other collectibles.

January 22, 2019

Ann Coulter Demands to Deliver State of the Union Address

The conservative pundit scoffed at congressional Democrats’ condition that she reopen the government before being able to deliver the State of the Union.

January 22, 2019

The Producer Dream Hampton Talks with Jelani Cobb About “Surviving R. Kelly”

The filmmaker discusses the abuse accusations against R. Kelly. Her new documentary implicates him, his enablers, and even his fans.

January 22, 2019
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Video

How Trick Plays Subvert Expectations at the Super Bowl

In football, trick plays can create a moment of glory or fail spectacularly on the Super Bowl stage. Here we look at some famous plays and why they matter.

Daily Cartoon

“Is it just me, or is the campaign season starting really early?”

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

Patti Smith’s Talismanic Photos

Smith’s photographic work from Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera’s home, and beyond, reflects her deep reverence for ordinary objects and the poetry they contain.

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Tables for Two

Uptown Glamour and Tortellini Pie at Leonti

Adam Leonti’s new Italian restaurant in the old Dovetail space is boldly creative and luxuriously inviting.

A Critic at Large

How to Read the Good Books

From the Torah to the Quran, sacred texts can resist and reward modern readers.

San Juan Postcard

A Homecoming for “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico

Rick Negron, who plays a Trumpish King George III in the hit musical, strolls the plazas of his home town.

Fiction

“Cream”

“ ‘There’s nothing worth getting in this world that you can get easily,’ the old man had said, with unshakable conviction, like Pythagoras explaining his theorem.”

Our Columnists

The High Stakes of BuzzFeed’s Story on Trump Tower Moscow

The survival of the Trump Presidency may depend on the accuracy of a new and damning report that is now in dispute.

Can an American Get Excited About Brexit? A Six-Part Test

The time to care is now—unless Britain gets an extension, or there’s another major plot twist, Brexit is set to happen on March 29th.

A New Film Offers a Answers to the Question “What Is Democracy?”

This is a documentary essay in the guise of an investigation.

Trump, Putin, and Washington’s Unbelievable New Normal

Regardless of whether Trump ends up making a speech on Capitol Hill on January 29th, the state of the union is not strong, and everyone knows it.

Ann Coulter Demands to Deliver State of the Union Address

The conservative pundit scoffed at congressional Democrats’ condition that she reopen the government before being able to deliver the State of the Union.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Unsatisfying Obsession with Superheroes

What’s most notable about the aesthetic of “Glass” is its texturelessness. It suggests a filmmaker on the outside looking in, and looking toward the next sequel.

Podcasts

Accusing R. Kelly, and the Fall of a Chinese Pop Star

A new documentary implicates the singer R. Kelly, his enablers, and even his fans, with a history of abuse allegations. And the singer Denise Ho reflects on the cost of taking a stand in China.

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