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Past articles by Molly:

The Right Has Found a New Narrative to Explain Project Veritas’ Implosion

James O’Keefe’s supporters know the “real” reasons he was pushed out. → Read More

Who Paid for the Jesus Ad Coming to the Super Bowl?

The political underpinnings of this campaign are hiding beneath the surface. → Read More

The Symbolism of Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The former Trump press secretary—and current governor of Arkansas—is giving the official GOP response to the State of the Union. → Read More

The National Prayer Breakfast’s Mysterious Schism

Why has this annual D.C. tradition split in two? → Read More

Pope Francis Calls for the End of All Laws That Criminalize Homosexuality

He also characterized those who oppose him as “like a rash that bothers you a bit.” → Read More

The Key Decision for Pope Francis in His Standoff With Conservatives

The Catholic leader's legacy depends, in large part, on how long he can stay in the job. → Read More

An Insider Tell-All Is About to Rip Pope Francis a New One

Deep, simmering political grievances held by supporters of the emeritus pope are threatening to boil over after his death. → Read More

Benedict Was Never the Pope His Far-Right Fans—or His Critics—Imagined

“God’s Rottweiler” leaves behind a complicated legacy. → Read More

How 18-Year-Old Jaylen Smith Became the Country’s Youngest Black Mayor

The 18-year-old mayor of Earle, Arkansas may not have a lot of experience under his belt, but that might be exactly what his city needs. → Read More

Stranded by Airlines, They Risked It All With Total Strangers to Get Home

In all this chaos, a silver lining: the unexpectedly wonderful road trips travelers have been forced to take, and the friendships they make along the way. → Read More

What’s the Precedent for Switching Parties in the Middle of a Senate Term?

Kyrsten Sinema's thinking is not that unique. → Read More

Paul Gosar Deprived His Fellow Republicans of the Only Silver Lining of Their Week

Seems like he could have just not tweeted! → Read More

The Midterms Are About the Souls of the Innocent

There's a new moral panic in town. → Read More

How the Absurd Conspiracy Theory that the Attack on Paul Pelosi Was a Lover’s Quarrel Took Over the Right

Thank Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, and Donald Trump Jr. → Read More

The Right-Wing Election Denier Who Could Flip a Black, Democratic Stronghold in Alabama

Some who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6 are running for state office. Few are doing it in places like this. → Read More

Why Did 11 Billion Alaskan Snow Crabs Suddenly Disappear? A Scientist Explains the Mystery.

Experts are still trying to understand the catastrophic population collapse that has shut down a crucial fishing industry—but they have some theories. → Read More

Doug Mastriano Is the Most Frightening Face of Christian Nationalism Today

In his run for Pennsylvania governor, he’s mixed 2020 election lies with a militant and increasingly influential brand of faith. → Read More

Why Growing Parts of the Christian Right Are Convinced It’s the Apocalypse

Even after Dobbs, the end times are dominating bestseller lists. → Read More

Why Christian Nationalists Are Into “Jumbo-Sized” Shofars Now

It has to do with the biblical tale of the siege of Jericho. → Read More

What if a Peasant From the Middle Ages Got a Fancy Influencer Account? I Have Good News for You.

The TikTok account GreedyPeasant is an exercise in queer imagination. → Read More