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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
A progressive defense of respectability politics
The failed promise of the Affordable Care Act
Bolivia’s dogged quest to reclaim its lost coastline
From a recently declassified article, written by an author whose name was redacted, published in the winter 1986 issue of Studies in Intelligence, the in-house journal of the CIA.
How did Egypt revert to dictatorship?
From emails to the U.S. distributors of Breast Milk Baby, a doll made by the Spanish toy company Berjuan. The doll comes with a special halter top for children, featuring…
From the 500 least popular lectures out of the more than 1,600 available on the website of TED, a nonprofit organization that aims to “bring together the world’s most fascinating…
When Bill de Blasio won the New York City mayoral election with 73 percent of the vote, I couldn’t help but wonder whether it was the start of something big. For more…
A cure for constitutional crisis
From insults reportedly made to French presidents, collected in De voyou à pov’ con, by Raphaël Meltz, published in 2012 by Robert Laffont. (See page 38 for an Annotation on…
Fighting for the right to insult the French president