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Past articles by Jeet:

Tucker Carlson Didn’t Invent Authoritarian Tourism

L. Brent Bozell and the romance of Spanish fascism. → Read More

J.D. Vance’s Misogynist Dog Whistle

The “Hillbilly Elegy” author turned Ohio Senate candidate is speaking a private language to pander to Trump voters he once scorned. → Read More

How to Make It As an Indie Cartoonist

The new generation of Canadian cartoonists is diverse, innovative, and unapologetically weird → Read More

Gene Wolfe Was the Proust of Science Fiction

Out of the trauma of war, Wolfe found redemption in Catholicism and his voice in futuristic, philosophical novels. → Read More

The Unlikely Friendship that Unlocked Two Writers’ Talents

How the mysteries of modernism brought Hugh Kenner and Guy Davenport together → Read More

How to Oppose Fascism

Jason Lutes's graphic novel "Berlin," about the break-up of the Weimar Republic, is both unsettling and uplifting in its timeliness. → Read More

Changing Our Minds

Two writers talk about when they get it wrong—and what it means for the art of criticism. → Read More

The Death of the WASP Elite Is Greatly Exaggerated

A story of legacy admissions, low social mobility, and nostalgia for...what, exactly? → Read More

The Whitewashing of George H. W. Bush

His many terrible acts are being ignored thanks to elite nostalgia and anti-Trump sentiment. → Read More

Stan Lee: the Midwife of the Marvel Universe

The brilliant and controversial writer-editor who guided the Marvel Universe into existence is dead. → Read More

The Problem With Giving Teenage Kavanaugh a Pass

Excusing a man for something he hasn't admitted to makes little sense. → Read More

John McCain’s final statement implicitly rebukes Trump.

Rick Davis, a close friend of the late senator, released McCain’s final statement on Monday. It reads:My fellow Americans, whom I have gratefully served for sixty years, and especially my fellow Arizonans,Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead. I have tried to serve our country honorably. I have... → Read More

John McCain inspired many great stories in The New Republic.

The late John McCain provided great copy: he was colorful, provided easy access, and gave memorable feisty quotes. He was also at the center of many divisive American political battles, from the Vietnam War to Trumpism. Over the years, then, many writers naturally turned to the larger-than-life senator for their stories. Here are some highlights from our archives.In 1996, Michael Lewis told the… → Read More

The government’s student-loan watchdog ripped a Trump appointee in his resignation letter.

The Associated Press reported on Monday morning that the official, Seth Frotman, resigned from his position at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to protest policies pushed by its acting head, Mick Mulvaney (who also serves as the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget). “You have used the bureau to serve the wishes of the most powerful financial companies in America,”… → Read More

Trump is an unreliable source on NAFTA.

On Monday morning, the president made a dramatic announcement that he would soon be “terminating” the North America Free Trade Agreement and negotiating a new deal. “They used to call it NAFTA,” he said. “We’re going to call it the United States-Mexico trade agreement. We’ll get rid of the name NAFTA.”The president’s words have to be treated with some caution. It does appear that there is some… → Read More

Republican worry-list proves that the Trump scandal era is just starting.

Axios is reporting that congressional Republican have compiled a master list of more than 100 potential investigations into the Trump administration that could be launched by Democrats if they regain the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. Among the items Axios claims are on the list:President Trump’s tax returnsTrump family businesses — and whether they comply with the… → Read More

Donald Trump still doesn’t think John McCain was “a hero.”

The Washington Post is reporting that the White House crafted a statement eulogizing John McCain, who died on Saturday, only to have it vetoed by President Donald Trump. “Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service ... → Read More

Is Elon Musk’s “kid-sized submarine” a gimmick?

The second successful day of rescue operations to free a Thai soccer team trapped in a cave for two weeks ended on Monday. Eight boys have been rescued thus far, leaving four and the team’s coach in the cave. A day before the rescue operation began, PayPal founder Elon Musk tweeted that he was building a “tiny, kid-sized submarine.” Got more great feedback from Thailand. Primary path is… → Read More

Why all the anti-Catholic conspiracy-mongering?

Daily Beast writer Jay Michaelson is worried about the outsized power Donald Trump’s advisor Leonard Leo will have on the Supreme Court pick and the broader American judiciary. This is a worthy topic for discussion, since Leo is in fact drawing up the shortlist for Supreme Court nominations and has been a key player in The Federalist Society, an organization which is the gatekeeper for… → Read More

The Trump administration takes a bold stance against mother’s milk.

On Sunday, The New York Times revealed that the Trump administration conducted extensive hard-ball diplomacy to stop an effort by Ecuador to secure a World Health Organization resolution promoting breast feeding. “Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is healthiest for children and countries should strive to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of breast… → Read More