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Context — March 22, 2017, 1:32 pm
On Monday, Robert Silvers, a founder of the New York Review of Books, died at 87. Before creating the Review, Silvers worked as an editor for Harper’s Magazine, where, in 1959, he edited a collection of essays called “Writing in America.” This work was originally published anonymously, but has since been attributed to Silvers.
Weekly Review — March 16, 2017, 2:17 pm
Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland blocked a revised executive order signed by Trump temporarily banning new refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries, and Trump requested that 46 U.S. attorneys hand in letters of resignation. WikiLeaks published 8,761 leaked CIA documents revealing that the agency had developed tools to hack into phones and cars, and to listen to citizens through their TVs while the devices appeared to be switched off; and Conway said that former president Barack Obama could have spied on Trump through “microwaves that turned into cameras.” Read more…
Publisher's Note — March 13, 2017, 3:34 pm
If Trump is so dishonorable that he cheats at golf, it’s safe to assume he’ll do the same in politics.
Illustrations depicting the lives of children living in Honduras, which has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Thousands of young Honduran refugees have fled the country’s chronic poverty and violence for the United States and Mexico, where they are often turned away. According to Amnesty International, the number of asylum applications filed worldwide by Hondurans in 2015 was 16,473, a 700 percent increase from 2011. See more...
Weekly Review — March 7, 2017, 6:20 pm
Vice President Mike Pence, who during the election implied that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton broke the law when she used a private email server as secretary of state, confirmed that he conducted official business as governor of Indiana using a private AOL email account, which had been hacked. Trump suggested that a series of recent bomb threats against Jewish community centers and acts of vandalism against Jewish cemeteries could have been an effort by his opponents to make his supporters “look bad,” gave a speech before a joint session of Congress in which he condemned hate crimes, and rejected the notion that his senior staff should take an ethics-training course. “This is,” Trump tweeted of his wiretap allegations, “Watergate.” Read more…
Iraqi refugees in a low-income housing community in Portland, Oregon. Several thousand refugees from Iraq have settled in the area. Photograph by Peter van Agtmael, whose monograph Buzzing at the Still was published last year by Kehrer Verlag. © Peter van Agtmael/Magnum Photos. Courtesy Kehrer Verlag
Ratio of the amount of water used to make the containers to the amount of bottled water consumed:
Police in Pforzheim, Germany, detained an owl who was drunk on schnapps.
In the United States, legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act was advanced by the House Ways and Means Committee after 18 hours of deliberation, during which time the Republican members of Congress passed around candy.
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"It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game to play at a large gathering of one’s acquaintances: to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi. By now, I think I know. I have gone through the experience many times—in Germany, in Austria, and in France. I have come to know the types: the born Nazis, the Nazis whom democracy itself has created, the certain-to-be fellow-travelers. And I also know those who never, under any conceivable circumstances, would become Nazis."