Magazine April 3, 2017, Issue

Will the U.S. Survive If Big Bird Leaves His Federally Feathered Nest?

A performer dressed as Big Bird waits for customers in Central Park, November 2016. (Reuters photo: Shannon Stapleton)

The Washington Post says, “President Trump’s budget proposal this week would shake the federal government to its core,” and of course that’s bad. Nothing can be cut. We’re barely scraping by as it is.

Federal employees are living on hardtack and orange peels as it is, shivering around trash-can fires in shantytown shacks. The last time the EPA wanted to make a new regulation that would keep America’s Kids safe, they had to write it in blood on a napkin they took from the local Subway sandwich shop, and because it was a fairly complex regulation, two people fainted and required

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Glittering Prizes

The disaster that overtook this year’s Oscar telecast in its closing moments, like so many strange events of the last two years, seemed almost scripted in its wild implausibility.


Politics & Policy


The Limits of Proportional Representation One must wrestle with two related issues when discussing gerrymandering: (1) If a state is divided 60–40 between Party A and Party B, and its ten neatly ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ He pounds his chest, he roars, he perches on high-profile Manhattan real estate, and he can only be tamed by a clever blonde lady: Who could have seen this ...
Politics & Policy


THE APOTHEOSIS OF DON JUNE Promiscuous as moonlight on sand, He pondered heaven by the foaming surf; And staring at its brilliant text he saw He’d never been voluptuous enough. There were so many things ...


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