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In the wake of welfare reform

From The Atlantic, Alana Semuels on the end of welfare as we know it: America’s once-robust safety net is no more. The failure of welfare reform: Jordan Weissmann on how Bill Clinton’s signature legislative achievement tore America’s safety net. Twenty years since welfare “reform”: America’s poorest are still dealing with the consequences of the legislation that Bill Clinton signed into law two decades ago today. Max Ehrenfreund on how welfare reform changed American poverty, in 9 charts. Annie


Paper Trail

Vinson Cunningham writes on the soon-to-open National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, and the century-long “bureaucratic slog” required to make it happen. Founding director Lonnie Bunch has been at work on the project since 2005. His unconventional techniques included Antiques Roadshow–style acquisitions, but his vision for the building might be

Syllabi

Reforming the Racist Criminal Justice System

John MiddletonThroughout the Democratic primaries, police brutality and systematic discrimination in the criminal justice system have become critical campaign issues, due in large part to the unrelenting pressure

Daily Review

Where the Death Penalty Still Lives

As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. What does this new geography say about justice in America?

Interviews

Emma Cline

A month ago, I attended a reading by Emma Cline at BookCourt, in Brooklyn. Cline's debut novel, The Girls, had just come out to breathless reviews, and the event was well attended. Cline, twenty-seven, seemed neither nervous nor overeager to please. Less-is-more is a concept she understands.

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier | June 20, 2016 | Appel Salon

Essay

"A Ted Hughes Bestiary" edited by Alice Oswald

David Biespiel

Among the mysteries of the strange animals that appear in A Ted Hughes Bestiary—a compilation edited by poet Alice Oswald of his writing about animals real and invented—is how often these creatures strike me as anything but strange. Taking one of his great plunges into the waterways—those “legendary” depths “deep as England”—he encounters an otter with a “round head like a tomcat,” or a pike with its “sag belly."

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