Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast

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Past articles by Jay:

The Dangerous, Primal Terror of the Coronavirus

Our instinct to stay far away from disease is deeply rooted. Even though, this time, we can’t. → Read More

This Is What Three Years of Trump Ravaging the Earth Looks Like

From pipelines to pesticides, clean water to climate change, the last three years have been an environmental disaster. → Read More

A Losing Impeachment Fight Crushed Conservatives in 1998. Here’s What Liberals Can Learn From That in 2020.

Public apathy over a presidential impeachment led to despair and soul-searching in the party that had pursued it. The recovery period turned out to be swifter than anticipated. → Read More

Supreme Court Poised to Overturn 38 State Constitutional Amendments on Church-State Separation

While most eyes are elsewhere, religious conservatives probably won a huge victory at the Supreme Court Wednesday. → Read More

Supreme Court Sounds Ready to Let Criminals Walk at Bridgegate Hearing

Political corruption is not necessarily a crime, a majority of the Court suggested today. → Read More

Christian Conservatives Won't Abandon Trump—They Think They’re Fighting for America’s Soul

There is no mystery to religious fundamentalists like Bill Barr. They think the stakes are life and death. And when those are the stakes, it’s all defensible. → Read More

Nationalists Are Murdering Jews. Trump Is Targeting Campus Activists.

College sophomores boycotting hummus are not who we need to worry about. → Read More

Leonard Cohen’s Profound, Posthumous Farewell

Ruminations on mortality, reflections on the meaning of life—"Thanks for the Dance” is a classic Leonard Cohen album. → Read More

Supreme Court Keeps Serial’s Adnan Syed in Jail

Why won’t the state of Maryland give a convicted murderer a fair trial? → Read More

The Secret Jewish History of Prince

Prince, author of the memoir "The Beautiful Ones" and the creator of "Purple Rain," "Emancipation" and "Exodus" has a surprising Jewish history. → Read More

The LGBTQ Town Hall Was a Sometimes Inspiring Bubble That Totally Missed the Point

The forum offered plenty of preaching to the choir, and some fireworks, but no talk of how to defeat Donald Trump. → Read More

Neil Gorsuch Might Be the Supreme Court’s LGBTQ Rights Savior. But He May Not.

A sharply divided Supreme Court considered whether federal law protects LGBTQ people from being fired, with Justice Neil Gorsuch emerging as the possible route to equality victory. → Read More

The Most Explosive Cases the Supreme Court Will Hear This Term, From Abortion to Impeachment

Cases on discrimination, Dreamers, guns, abortion and Trump’s powers are going to be huge. → Read More

Greta Thunberg Calls Out World Leaders at United Nations: ‘You Are Failing Us’

Sixteen-year-old face of climate activism tells stunned leaders that her entire generation has been betrayed by their inaction → Read More

Just How Good Is the Impossible Burger for You or the Planet?

Meat consumption is a huge driver of global warming, from deforestation to cow farts. Meatless meat isn’t a miracle, though. → Read More

Trump to California: Go Drown

So much for states’ rights: the EPA seeks to ban California from regulating its own air. The GOP is the party of fossil fuels and killing the planet. → Read More

Why Your Carbon Footprint Is Meaningless

Liberals who call for personal sacrifice to combat climate change aren’t helping. In fact, they’re hurting. → Read More

Congress Should Impeach Wilbur Ross, Trump’s Leading Liar, for Census Lies and NOAA Threats

Once again, the commerce secretary has baldly lied for a president who has contempt for him. Why? → Read More

Why Trump’s Vile Plan to Rope Israel Into His War With the Squad Will Backfire

Why banning members of Congress from entering Israel helps Netanyahu but will low-key backfire on Trump. → Read More

How Justice John Paul Stevens Became a Liberal Hero

The Republican appointee, who passed away Tuesday at 99, made a remarkable evolution to liberal firebrand, but his judicial philosophy was more principled than ideological. → Read More