Alan Blinder, The New York Times

Alan Blinder

The New York Times

Atlanta, GA, United States

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Recent articles by Alan:

Read the Polls. Debate Them. Definitely Don’t Count on Them.

The first College Football Playoff ranking is still three weeks away. Players and coaches say the other polls are intriguing, but mostly potentially season-crippling distractions. → Read More

Cardinals Even Series With Braves Behind Another Late Rally

Six outs from being eliminated, St. Louis tied Monday’s game and then won in the 10th inning, pushing Atlanta to a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday. → Read More

Roy Moore to Run for Alabama Senate Seat

The former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court wants a rematch with Doug Jones, who defeated him in a special election in 2017. Many Republicans are hostile to his plans. → Read More

Man Accused of Burning Louisiana Churches Is Charged With Hate Crimes

Holden Matthews, 21, was charged in a six-count federal indictment after three Louisiana churches burned this spring. → Read More

There Are 472,000 Words in the Dictionary. For the Spelling Bee, That May Not Be Enough.

The winners of the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee had more in common than an aptitude for spelling: six of the eight used the same coaching program. → Read More

What You Need to Know About the U.S.S. John S. McCain

The disclosure of a White House request to hide the Navy destroyer during President Trump’s state visit to Japan has turned the ship into a political symbol. → Read More

Ralph Northam Investigation Ends Without Answers on Racist Photo

An inquiry into a racist photograph on the medical school yearbook page of the Virginia governor could not determine whether he himself appeared in the image. → Read More

Alabama Lawmakers Vote to Effectively Ban Abortion in the State

Supporters of the measure hope it will lead the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, which recognized a constitutional right to end a pregnancy. → Read More

Virginia Men’s Basketball Will Not Go to the White House

A trip to the White House from a team based in Charlottesville would have been fraught, regardless of the head coach citing scheduling conflicts. → Read More

A Charred Gas Can, a Receipt and an Arrest in Fires of 3 Black Churches

The 21-year-old son of a sheriff’s deputy was charged in connection with the blazes that destroyed three black churches in Louisiana. → Read More

Suspect Arrested in Fires at Black Churches in Louisiana

The three fires occurred over a 10-day period starting on March 26 in St. Landry Parish, north of Lafayette. → Read More

Son of a Deputy Sheriff Charged With 3 Black Church Fires

The authorities arrested the 21-year-old son of a deputy sheriff in the blazes that set a rural Cajun community on edge. → Read More

U.N.C. Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell Faces a Reckoning

Players and their families have accused the longtime coach of racially insensitive remarks. → Read More

North Carolina Women’s Basketball Coach Faces Complaints of Racially Insensitive Comments

Sylvia Hatchell was placed on leave after players’ families complained to university officials, according to two people with direct knowledge of the accusations. → Read More

Russian Vodka. A ‘No Collusion Day’ Rally. Trump Fans Celebrate the Mueller Report.

For almost two years, President Trump’s fiercest supporters decried the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt” that should be shut down. Over the weekend, they rejoiced. → Read More

Roiled by Staff Uproar, Civil Rights Group Looks at Intolerance Within

The Southern Poverty Law Center has become a crusading anti-hate empire, but current and former employees say its leaders have never dealt with internal strife. → Read More

Morris Dees, a Co-Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Is Ousted

The Southern Poverty Law Center did not give a reason for firing Morris Dees, 82, but said that it was “committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization.” → Read More

Trump Surveys Tornado Damage in Alabama, and Signs Some Bibles, Too

President Trump’s visit to Beauregard came after a tornado killed 23 people, and offered him a chance to act as consoler in chief — a role in which he has sometimes struggled. → Read More

Was Paul Manafort’s Sentence Too Light?

The former Trump campaign chairman was sentenced to 47 months, far less than the 19 to 24 years recommended. But about half of all federal sentences last year were below the guidelines. → Read More

New Storm Threat in Alabama as Search for Tornado Missing Ends

The authorities in Lee County, Ala., where 23 people were killed, said no one remained missing. But forecasters said the weekend could bring more severe weather. → Read More