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Trump's transition is like a reality show

A guide to all the ways Trump's transition is like a reality show. Ben Carson has demonstrated the ability to do two things at a world-class level: Perform surgical operations, and run lucrative scams — he may be the perfect Trump HUD secretary. Who is Wilbur Ross? The "king of bankruptcy" is Donald Trump's choice for Commerce Secretary. Steve Coll on travelling with James Mattis, Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense. David Drezner on a concern with having a foreign policy Cabinet consisting


Paper Trail

The Outline, a new website from The Verge founder Joshua Topolsky, launched yesterday. The site aims to be “a next-generation version of The New Yorker,” with cultural criticism and longform reporting optimized for mobile reading. The Wall Street Journal explains that the site is more focused on revolutionizing web advertising than web content. Amanda Hale,

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Reading for the Next Four Years

Margaret EbyIt is still unclear exactly what America under the presidency of Donald J. Trump will look like. But if we believe his campaign promises—deporting of millions of people, registering Muslims, gutting

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After the Islamic State

Last May, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the second most powerful leader in the Islamic State, hinted that the caliphate was crumbling. "Whoever thinks that we fight to protect some land or some authority, or that victory is measured thereby, has strayed far from the truth,"

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Alexandra Kleeman

Alexandra Kleeman's fiction may share affinities with the luminaries of our postmodern canon—Don DeLillo, Robert Coover, and Ben Marcus—but her sensibility equally recalls the films of David Lynch.

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Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter Onuf: 2016 National Book Festival

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Elephants in Lake Charles

Arlie Russell Hochschild

"YOU CAN TELL I’m a Republican,” Janice Areno says as she invites me to sit down in her office, Elephants fill three shelves of a wall opposite her desk, One is blue-and-white porcelain, a second is gold, a third is red, white, and blue and stands near a young child’s drawing of a yellow one.

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