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A New TV Show That’s a Real Slap in the Face

The question underlying “Power Slap” is: What kind of person would volunteer to get slapped in the face?Photograph courtesy Schiaffo LLCIn “Power Slap,” a reality show tied to a slap-fighting league, there is no evasion, no trickery, and no possibility of a swing and a miss.By Kelefa SannehJanuary 30, 2023“Take some deep breaths, you’re doing fine.”...

A Murder, a Confession, and a Fight for Clemency

Trevell Coleman killed a man in 1993. More than a decade later, he turned himself in—has he been punished enough?By Teresa MathewDecember 22, 2022Trevell Coleman with his former wife Crystal and their two sons.Photograph by Katlyn WinegardnerTwelve years ago, Trevell Coleman walked into a police precinct in East Harlem and confessed to a shooting. The...

2022 Was a Year of Endings in Sports

A new era may be on the horizon. In the meantime, there’s a lot of reconsidering, retiring, and saying goodbye.By Louisa ThomasDecember 18, 2022Illustration by Nicholas Konrad / The New YorkerDavid Shaw is fifty years old. Last month, he stepped down as the head coach of Stanford’s football team, a position that he had held for twelve years. For four...

The Pressure Increases on Sam Bankman-Fried

The government claims that his company was engaged in fraud from the start. If that’s correct, was he dishonest or deluded, or both?By Sheelah KolhatkarDecember 16, 2022After his arrest, the FTX founder was denied bail by a judge who was concerned that he might be a flight risk.Photograph by Mario Duncanson / AFP / GettyJust after 6 P.M. on Monday,...

How the Families of American Hostages Created Bipartisan Support for Prisoner Swaps

A political agreement between Republicans and Democrats is at risk of unravelling as some G.O.P. members attack the exchange that freed the W.N.B.A. star Brittney Griner.By Joel SimonDecember 16, 2022A mural in Georgetown displaying images of Americans imprisoned overseas.Photograph by Sarah Silbiger / Reuters / Alamy Paula and Joey Reed had no idea...

What the Conviction of Stewart Rhodes Means for Right-Wing Militancy

Will imprisoning the Oath Keepers’ leader for seditious conspiracy derail the movement he helped build? By Mike GiglioDecember 7, 2022When testifying, Stewart Rhodes leaned into the parallel world he’d created as the leader of the Oath Keepers.Illustration by Dana Verkouteren / APFor years, Stewart Rhodes used a faded leather briefcase to hold his keepsake...

What Chinese People Think of Their Government’s “Zero COVID” Policy

Many citizens don’t know anyone who’s had the disease, yet their faith in the country’s restrictive rules is waning.By Peter HesslerDecember 6, 2022Illustration by Anson ChanDo you personally know anybody who has been infected with COVID-19? In most parts of the world, the question is absurd—it makes more sense to ask, “Do you know anybody who has not...

A Hacked Newsroom Brings a Spyware Maker to U.S. Court

When Roman Gressier, an American reporter working in El Salvador, found out that he and his colleagues were being surveilled, he feared persecution due to his sexual identity and worried for his sources’ safety. By Ronan FarrowNovember 30, 2022Lawyers for the El Faro journalists say they believe that Gressier is the first individual American to sue...

Drinking Beers in Qatar

As a Westerner who has lived under Qatari restrictions, I wasn’t surprised by the public alcohol ban at the World Cup.By Clare MaloneNovember 20, 2022A bar in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Drinking, so central to so many cultures and such anathema to the Qatari one, is a natural trigger point in this multicultural society.Photograph by Nariman El-Mofty...

A Rare Win in the Fight Against Dark Money

In Arizona, voters from both parties overwhelmingly demanded that big, anonymous political donors reveal their identities.By Jane MayerNovember 16, 2022Terry Goddard has led a long crusade to improve transparency in campaign spending.Photograph by Mark Henle / The Republic / ReutersLast week’s midterm elections showed that the country remains deeply...

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