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The Simple Facts of Derek Chauvin’s Trial

Even if the prosecution establishes that Derek Chauvin’s use of force was excessive, any homicide conviction requires proof that his actions actually caused George Floyd’s death.Photograph by Jane Rosenberg / ReutersWhen I teach criminal law, I always begin with a deceptively simple case. A police officer shot and seriously injured a man who resisted...

The Passing of Prince Philip

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Queen Elizabeth II, in 1958.Photograph by Donald McKague / Michael Ochs Archives / GettyThe last new thing that the public learned about Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday morning, at the age of ninety-nine, was his observance, or lack thereof, of Zoom etiquette. This was revealed by his...

Finally, Green Infrastructure Spending in an Amount That Starts with a “T”

Among other things, Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan aims to spur the market for electric cars like the Chevrolet Bolt.Photograph by William Widmer / ReduxThe U.S. federal government is proposing to spend a sum of money that starts with a “T” on an infrastructure bill, and much of that money (two trillion dollars) is aimed at fighting the climate crisis....

Why It’s So Hard for America to End Its Wars

U.S. soldiers patrol Syrian oil fields in February.Photograph by Delil Souleiman / GettyIn March, General Kenneth (Frank) McKenzie, Jr., an Alabama-born marine who commands U.S. forces in the Middle East and South Asia, took a whirlwind tour of Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Lebanon—America’s most volatile theatre of operations. Some legs of the trip...

Vladimir Putin Has a Message: “Hey, Joe, Are You Listening?”

Vladimir Putin has once again proved adept at forcing himself into the center of Washington’s attention.Photograph by Alexei Druzhinin / AP / ShutterstockVladimir Putin would like a word. All of the talk in Washington these days is about China, or our crazy dysfunctional politics, or the pandemic and its consequences. Putin seems determined to push...

The Deceit and Conflict Behind the Leak of the Pentagon Papers

American ChroniclesThe Deceit and Conflict Behind the Leak of the Pentagon PapersFifty years on, Daniel Ellsberg praises the Times journalist who misled him.By Ben Bradlee, Jr.April 8, 2021FacebookTwitterEmailPrintSave StorySave this story for later.Photograph by Justin Maxon for The New YorkerFifty years ago this spring, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the...

A Former Obama Official on the “Interlocking Set of Failures” at the Border

“I would hope that if you or I had a twelve-year-old knocking on our doors in need of help that we would not simply slam the door in their faces,” Cecilia Muñoz says.Photograph by Go Nakamura / ReutersLast month, a record high of nearly nineteen thousand unaccompanied children from Central America arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. The arrivals have...

The Meaning of the Democrats’ Spending Spree

Joe Biden helped adapt the Democratic Party to the Reaganesque retreat from public spending. Now he is leading the Party in deviating from this political orthodoxy.Photograph from Sipa / ReutersJudging from last year’s Democratic primaries, few would have believed that former Vice-President Joe Biden would be leading the Democratic Party out of the...

Have the Democrats Begun a New Era of Big Government?

Joe Biden helped adapt the Democratic Party to the Reaganesque retreat from public spending. Now he is leading the Party in deviating from this political orthodoxy.Photograph from Sipa / ReutersJudging from last year’s Democratic primaries, few would have believed that former Vice-President Joe Biden would be leading the Democratic Party out of the...

How Can We Continue to Keep Schools Relatively Safe from the Coronavirus?

Public conversation about the pandemic has revolved around individual choice, autonomy, safety, and personal responsibility. Schools expose the shortcomings of this framing.Photograph by Michael M. Santiago / GettyIn late March, New York’s public high schools reopened for in-person instruction. Elementary schools have been offering some in-person instruction...

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