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Way to think about Russiagate

From the New Yorker, Adrian Chen on a so-called expert’s uneasy dive into the Trump-Russia frenzy. Josh Marshall on why the Trump/Russia “skeptics” are wrong. Why you shouldn’t be a Russiagate skeptic: What Blake Hounshell misses about the Mueller investigation. Confessions of a Russiagate true believer: Trump isn’t an idiot — the cover-up is likely covering up serious wrongdoing. Matt Ford on a third way to think about Russiagate. The head of a federal commission who has helped U.S. states


Paper Trail

CBS News senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan has been hired as the next Face the Nation moderator, replacing John Dickerson, who replaced Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning earlier this year. The New York Times notes that Brennan’s new role makes her “the only woman currently serving as a solo anchor of a major

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Marriage Reimagined

Laura SmithIt is easy to view the vast and varied landscape of marriage in the present day as a radical departure from a more conservative past. But many of these marriage alternatives—including polyamory, open

Daily Review

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America’s Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, 2001–2016

Kabul in the summer of 1996 was under siege. A little-known force of young militants had surged north from their base in the south. For months, they had camped just beyond the city limits, raining shells on the capital almost daily. They called themselves religious “

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Mathieu Lindon

The human capacity for love is vast and open, yet the word love is often limited: it’s the feeling between people with shared DNA, or the volatile emotion of romance. Mathieu Lindon has experienced life-altering forms of love that defy these categories.

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Minds of the Immortals: Emily Wilson on translating "The Odyssey"

Ben Shields

“The minds of the immortals rarely change,” old King Nestor tells Telemachus in Book III of The Odyssey, That may be true, but the ways that we experience and imagine those gods change regularly, Since the sixteenth century, dozens of English-language translators have traversed the epics of archaic Hellas, and all of them have returned with their own unique account: Blank verse, couplets, and prose are all available portals into Homer.

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