Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

Executive Disorder

President Trump after signing an executive order for a travel ban, January 27, 2017. (Reuters photo: Carlos Barria)

This magazine is composed far enough in advance that it would be folly to comment on President Trump’s immigration and refugee executive orders, because today you might be thinking:

“Oh, I remember that.” (Wistful smiles.) “The good old days before the real troubles began.”


President Trump? Whoa, you’re really dating yourself there.”

We could hedge our bets and write something that let you choose the proper course of events based on your viewpoints and what actually happened:

“While the Trump administration’s EO on immigration was (a brilliant repurposing of Obama-era statutes to expose the flaws and hypocrisies of Trump’s opponents / a face-plant of

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


Cyberia Luke Thompson’s piece on cybersecurity was quite illuminating (“Our Failed Cybersecurity Policy,” January 23). His view that cybersecurity is not politically savvy and thus becomes an issue only after a ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We do not expect to miss Barack Obama, but we wish he’d give us a chance. ‐ Ronald Reagan first imposed the “Mexico City policy,” which blocks foreign-aid money from ...
Politics & Policy


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