IN THE June 7, 2010, ISSUE

Defending Arizona

A law that basically makes a few small, carefully considered changes in police procedure, Arizona’s S.B. 1070, has inspired a vastly disproportionate response. Few laws have ever been so grossly ...

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Articles

Politics & Policy

Spare Not the Stick

In 1993, amid a Cuban economic crisis sparked by the collapse of the Soviet Union, American intelligence officials estimated that there was “a better than even chance that Fidel Castro’s ...
Politics & Policy

A Population Portrait

The problem of illegal immigration is no longer confined to a handful of states and municipalities. Though California still hosts about one-quarter of the nation’s estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants, ...
Politics & Policy

Back in the Game

After the 2006 election, it looked like Robert Ehrlich was finished. He had been governor of Maryland, for one term, and a success, according to traditional measures. On Election Day, ...
Politics & Policy

Disclosed Partisanship

In February 1996, then–White House aide and current Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan co-authored a memorandum to deputy chief of staff Harold Ickes regarding whether President Clinton should support proposed ...

Features

Politics & Policy

Defending Arizona

A law that basically makes a few small, carefully considered changes in police procedure, Arizona’s S.B. 1070, has inspired a vastly disproportionate response. Few laws have ever been so grossly ...
Politics & Policy

The Blankest Slate

In announcing his decision to nominate Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, President Obama hailed Kagan’s supposed choice of the Citizens United campaign-finance case as “her very first case to ...
Politics & Policy

Poisoned Chalice

Politics is the art of the plausible. Only two weeks after the British electorate ushered in the apparent uncertainty of a hung parliament, the Lib-Dem-Con coalition cobbled together from the ...

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Bridge to Nowhere

The New Yorker, writes well, he’s reasonably fair-minded in his characterization of well-known events, and he has a talent for painting pen portraits of the lesser-known characters Obama interacts with. ...

Sections

Happy Warrior

Goose-Step Dancing

‘It is after considerable contemplation,” began the pop star Elvis Costello, sounding remarkably like Queen Victoria, “that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

It’s Not a Photograph There are two errors on the cover of the May 17 issue. Thomas Jefferson was in France during the creation of the Constitution, and if that’s supposed ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ It took much too long, but Arlen Specter has now been rejected by two parties. ‐ When Specter switched to the Democrats last year, after realizing he would lose a ...
The Long View

DHS DOCUMENT:

5/3/10 Transcript: Interrogation Room 5 Interrogator #1: Date is May Third. Time is 11:23 p.m. I’m Special Agent Daniels, talking with white female, age . . . what’s your age, dear? Female Suspect: ...
The Bent Pin

The Ego and the I.D.

An “identity crisis” used to be the last word in chic, but now we have surpassed ourselves and developed identity-card crisis, proving once again that you can’t keep a neurotic ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE IMAGE In shops, on streets, in random places A light within me lights these faces. I see them glance, and hear, and nod, And each face is a word of God. Briefly and casually ...