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Perspective — June 2, 2014, 3:14 pm

A Top Obama Aide Says History Won’t Applaud the President’s Climate Policy

How the president has undercut proposed EPA regulations by moving the goalposts on climate change

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Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am

On Brining and Dining

How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy

© Samuel James

Perspective — September 12, 2013, 7:51 am

On the Enemy as Criminal

Why can’t we indict Bashar al-Assad at the International Criminal Court?

International Criminal Court, The Hague. ©© M.M. R. (Flickr)

Perspective — August 23, 2013, 2:32 pm

On Rand Paul’s War on the War on Drugs

How the junior senator from Kentucky motivated the Obama Administration to forgo mandatory minimum sentences

Reveries of the Cigar

Perspective — August 20, 2013, 4:11 pm

On the Trouble with Farmed Shrimp

The Mexican government announces a state of emergency following a mass shrimp die-off in the Sea of Cortez

Shrimp-farm worker, Sea of Cortez, Mexico. © Dominic Bracco II

Perspective — July 30, 2013, 1:02 pm

On the Selling of the Egyptian Coup to Liberals

How the mass killing of Islamists is being justified in America

Ali Ahmed

Perspective — June 24, 2013, 8:00 am

On Bad Mayors and Good Cities

The real problem with Toronto mayor Rob Ford isn't that he's a venal, possibly crack-smoking bully; it's that he's not the kind of venal, possibly crack-smoking bully who makes his city better

Rob Ford graffiti (thumb)

Perspective — June 21, 2013, 9:00 am

On the NSA’s That ’70s Show Rerun

What would Frank Church say about the Snowden Affair?

Frank Church speaking at a Church Committee hearing (thumb)

Perspective — May 17, 2013, 9:00 am

On Gun Control and the Great American Debate Over Individualism

The firearm as emblem of personal sovereignty

Illustration by Jeremy Traum (thumb)

Perspective — April 26, 2013, 11:57 am

On Congressional Kayfabe

The similarities between the political response to tragedy and professional wrestling

Illustration (detail) by Tavis Coburn

Perspective — April 16, 2013, 3:23 pm

On Meeting Our Meat

Going undercover at a slaughterhouse in an age of agribusiness gag laws

FSIS Food Inspector's Badge. Photograph © Ted Conover

Perspective — April 4, 2013, 1:11 pm

On Rand Paul and the Libertarian–Statist Divide

Why establishment Democrats and Republicans fear Rand Paul

Ron Paul (thumb)

Perspective — March 4, 2013, 1:00 pm

On Archer’s Underground Comix Roots

How underground comic books helped give rise to Archer

CCA seal (thumb)

Perspective — March 4, 2013, 9:00 am

On Charles Newman’s Peripatetic Life

From the introduction to Newman’s magnum opus, In Partial Disgrace

In Partial Disgrace, by Charles Newman

Perspective — February 22, 2013, 9:00 am

On the Great Wall Game

Behind the scenes of recent scandals, Chinese government factions vie for influence

Bo Xilai

Perspective — January 23, 2013, 10:38 am

On the Supreme Power of Money in Afghanistan

What Afghanistan’s political economy tells us about its future

Kabul (detail) by Zalmaï

Perspective — December 27, 2012, 9:00 am

On Vampire Capitalism and the Fear of Inoculation

Why efforts to contain disease are often seen as conspiracies to sell vaccines

Army making pneumonia vaccine, Washington, D.C. , 1937 (thumb)

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