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by Michael Bluhm

Much Ado About Wuhan

Why are the media giving so much attention to the lab-leak theory? Angela Rasmussen on how partisanship and self-interest have trumped evidence.
Health 8 min read
by Graham Vyse

Mistaken Identity

Why does a Republican Party still dominated by Donald Trump seem to be gaining strength with Latino voters? Gabriel Sanchez on the pandemic-era dynamics of a major shift in U.S. politics.
Democracy 12 min read
by Phoebe Maltz Bovy

Say What

Is the liberal commitment to free speech really disappearing? Dan Savage on the the risks and urgency of maintaining an open society.
Culture 10 min read
by Michael Bluhm

The New Marauders

What’s behind recent ransomware attacks on critical U.S. industries? Dmitri Alperovitch on kingpins, safe havens, and large transactions.
Democracy 10 min read
by Graham Vyse

Men of the People

How is Joe Biden’s working-class rhetoric competing with Donald Trump’s? David Kusnet on the war of words for the hearts and minds of blue-collar Americans.
Democracy 12 min read
by Graham Vyse

Never Surrender

Where is right-wing media in the U.S. going now that the Trump presidency is over? Brian Rosenwald on the new heroes, villains, and plotlines of a long-running reality soap opera.
Democracy 13 min read
by Phoebe Maltz Bovy


Is America going through a sexual counterrevolution? Default Friend on an emerging aversion to “sex positivity.”
Culture 7 min read
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