Displaced in the D.R.·

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A country strips 210,000 of citizenship
“How is it possible that my birth certificate is invalid if I was born here?”
Photograph by Pierre Michel Jean

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The Quietest Place in the Universe·

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Digging for dark matter in an abandoned mine
“Gaitskell and his colleagues are approaching the revelation of a new order, a new universe, in which even light will be known differently, and darkness as well.”
Painting by Sebastiaan Bremer

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The Test of Time·

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Kazuo Ishiguro’s novels of remembering
“One by one his books dismantle the idea that art consoles, that art contains truths, that art expresses the soul. He insists on the artificiality and createdness of his narratives.”

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Saving the Whale, Again·

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The catastrophic incompetence of Citigroup
“While the other Wall Street behemoths are currently tapering their derivatives trading, Citi has been expanding its own.”
Illustration by Ross MacDonald

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[Browsings]

"On and on the story went. I had trouble taking notes. Yet I saw that there was a glow in his eyes—a special little twinkle—and I began to feel suspicious."

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Chance that an American would give up at least one week of life to avoid taking a pill every day:

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Iowa urologists reported that only a minor portion of locker-room teasing arises from “the presence of excess foreskin”; most teasing targets small penises.

A pair of Russian film directors asked President Vladimir Putin to invest $18 million in a new restaurant chain intended to drive McDonald’s out of the Russian market. “Every project these days,” a Russian television personality said of the proposal, “must be smothered in patriotic sauce.”

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Publisher's Note — April 16, 2015, 3:51 pm

The Grind and the Gun

“Attributing white-on-black violence entirely to racism misses the larger problems that poorer people face in this country. They suffer a thousand cuts that never get talked about, except when the victims bleed to death.”

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Editor's Note — April 15, 2015, 9:30 am

Introducing the May Issue

Petra Bartosiewicz investigates William Bratton’s data-driven policing tactics, Kent Meyers follows particle physicists on their quest for dark matter, and more

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Michael Slager is charged with murder, Hillary Clinton declares her candidacy for president, and a Utah television personality gets probation for kicking a barn owl

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From the Magazine — April 13, 2015, 10:49 am

Eight Years of Hill?

No way, no how!

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Postcard — April 10, 2015, 8:00 am

Vegas Odds

An evening of gambling with the “Johnny Lunch Buckets” at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.

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Weekly Review — April 8, 2015, 8:00 am

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Goodluck Jonathan becomes the first Nigerian president to lose an election, Boy Scouts hires its first openly gay camp counselor in New York, and a study finds that people who love grilled cheese have more sex

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Weekly Review — March 31, 2015, 8:00 am

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Utah reinstates the firing squad, the United Kingdom holds its first same-sex prison wedding, and Pope Francis announces he will auction off a Kia Soul

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Conversation — March 30, 2015, 2:45 pm

On Death

“I think that the would-be suicide needs, more than anything else, to talk to a person like you, who has had to fight for life.”

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Postcard — March 27, 2015, 8:00 am

On Broadway

“On and on the story went. I had trouble taking notes. Yet I saw that there was a glow in his eyes—a special little twinkle—and I began to feel suspicious.”

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