Magazine March 20, 2017, Issue

Real News, Fake Panic

Protesters at Philadelphia International Airport, January 29, 2017. (Reuters photo: Charles Mostoller)

It’s a horrifying story that should petrify any international traveler: A perfectly harmless person headed to speak at a conference is detained for hours because he has the wrong kind of visa.

Officials were curious about a foreign government’s paying for the speech, and you can just imagine how you’d feel: It’s Kafka without the charming yet somehow ominous architecture! You traveled across the ocean to give a nice talk to some smart people, and now you’re treated like you left the plane wearing a bin Laden mask and with bricks of modeling clay strapped to your chest, ululating fealty to

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Books, Arts & Manners

City Desk

A City of Shopkeepers

The city is full of walk-in businesses — shops, stores, eateries, bars, banks, fix-it places. That means the streets are full of business names. Many belong to chains — Victoria’s ...


Politics & Policy


GLOUCESTER Lizard-voiced, the seagull, esurient And flush with light, cuts through sapphire and salt Waves, to gratify pure appetite. Granite endures like graves. Briars bloom. On planks and shelves, books dock like sailing ships And wait ...
Politics & Policy


Pain and Punishment Psychiatrist Sally Satel’s piece “Treating Opioid Addiction” (March 6) favors “benign paternalism” in public policy regarding what some have hysterically called an “epidemic” but Dr. Satel more soberly ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We’re told the envelope given to Warren Beatty actually contained Nate Silver’s projection. ‐ To replace Michael Flynn as national-security adviser, Donald Trump selected someone uniquely suited for the position. ...


The Dossier Deceit

The Dossier Deceit

John Durham’s latest indictment reinforces that the Russian collusion conspiracy was built on a preposterous foundation.

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