The Future of Democracy

Politics Without Politicians

The political scientist Hélène Landemore asks, If government is for the people, why can’t the people do the governing?

The Current

Elizabeth Warren Argues for Her Electability at Bloomberg’s Expense

At the debate, Bloomberg muddled his way through deflections after Warren challenged him to release women who had filed complaints against him from their nondisclosure agreements.

Daily Comment

The Trouble with Trump’s Clemencies and Pardons

The President’s absolution of white-collar criminals who were his personal friends and associates is an exercise in authoritarianism.

Culture Desk

The Video Game That Lets You Make Video Games

In Dreams, the objective isn’t to win a game but to create one. Could it change the industry?

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Daily Comment

A Lost Chance to Bring the Green New Deal Home

Cutting the tax credit for residential solar energy is a blow to both the environment and the economy.

The New Yorker Interview

Roger Angell’s Era-Spanning Career at The New Yorker

It is tempting to view Roger Angell, who is now ninety-nine, as a keeper of this publication’s institutional memory. But he’s more likely to say, “I learned something truly amazing today!”

On Religion

A Nun’s Journey in the Amazon

How do you make a difference in a struggle that may never end?

Culture Desk

The Day the Music Became Carbon-Neutral

hg0088Musicians rely heavily on touring to generate revenue. That spells trouble for the climate.


Yuval Noah Harari’s History of Everyone, Ever

His blockbuster “Sapiens” predicted the possible end of humankind. Now what?

Puzzles and Games Dept.

The Weekday Crossword

Term of endearment, or a song on the White Album: eight letters.

The Latest

Bloomberg to Spend Ten Billion Dollars to Buy Entirely Different Personality

hg0088Campaign advisers indicated that the eleven-figure outlay would be used to purchase warmth, empathy, and humanity.

February 19, 2020

Robot-Themed Movie Ideas for Our Robot-Dominated Future

Including “Fast & Furious 55” and the first-ever movie where the human part of the couple is a woman and the machine part is a man.

February 19, 2020

Mexico Tightens Border After Trump Pardons White-Collar Criminals

“They’re bringing bribery, they’re bringing tax evasion, they’re bringing racketeering,” the Mexican President said.

February 19, 2020

At the Democratic Debate, Can the Other Candidates Halt the Rise of Michael Bloomberg?

hg0088The way that the former New York mayor has barged into the race, knocking candidates with far fewer resources out of the spotlight, harkens back to what Donald Trump did in the 2016 Republican primary.

February 19, 2020

Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, February 19th

“Based on Internet advertising alone, both Michael Bloomberg and the Shen Yun dancers qualified to participate in the debate.”

February 19, 2020
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Classical Music

The New York Philharmonic Honors the Nineteenth Amendment

For “Project 19,” a multiyear series commemorating the amendment’s passage, the Phil commissioned works from nineteen distinguished women composers.


The Terror and the Fascination of Pompeii

Pliny’s eyewitness account of the 79 A.D. Vesuvius eruption tells us what happened, but the archeological remains conjure with agonizing intimacy the lives of those who perished.

Minibar Report

Sex, Drugs, and the New Minibar

hg0088Whither the dirty weekend? Hospitality experts predict the future of the romantic getaway: throuples, sustainable toiletries, and biometrics.


“Elvis Week”

hg0088“We go to Graceland for the vigil, Hope in the same fuchsia tube dress she wore to our uncle’s funeral.”


hg0088Stars from the movie “Downhill” team up to tackle our Cartoon Caption Contest.

Daily Cartoons


The Ascendance of Bernie Sanders

Democratic Party centrists have their hair on fire over the idea of Sanders as the Presidential front-runner. Is he the Party’s future or an electoral disaster?

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