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    • The Empire Strikes Back

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: C. James Moore
    • Length: 11 mins
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    The white male revolt that's rattling science fiction.

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    • The Burden of Bill Clinton's Baggage

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    In theory, Bill Clinton should be the perfect surrogate for Hillary Clinton. Only five living men have held the job she’s vying for, and of the select group of living presidents he is the most popular, enjoying a 64 percent favorability rating. Many Americans remember the 1990s under President Clinton as the last time the nation enjoyed peace and sustained prosperity. He put this popularity to good use campaigning for Barack Obama in 2012.

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    • Donald Trump Is the Bizzaro Noam Chomsky

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    The president shares the left-wing view that America is a brutal imperialist power. But he thinks there's nothing wrong with that.

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    • Trump's War on the CIA Has Deep, Right-Wing Roots

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Donald Trump’s biggest fight during his transition to the presidency is with an unusual foe, the Central Intelligence Agency. Responding to a CIA assessment that the Russian government interfered in the U.S. election, Trump’s transition team bluntly dismissed the agency as “the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.” Michael Flynn, Trump’s national security adviser, has long seen the CIA as a biased political enemy.

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    • Superhero Comics Have a Race Problem. Can Ta-Nehisi Coates Fix It?

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Last May, the Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates interviewed Marvel comics editor Sana Amanat about diversity in superhero comics.

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    • Peter Thiel's Revenge against Gawker Is Neither Justice nor Philanthropy

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Revelations that the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel has been covertly pursuing a legal campaign to destroy Gawker Media has generated surprisingly little outrage outside of journalistic circles. Indeed, Thiel has even had defenders like Washington Post legal blogger Eugene Kontorovich, who argued that the billionaire’s behavior was no different than other third-party lawsuits launched by public interest groups like the ACLU and the NAACP.

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    • Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Trump habitually sees the world in stark “us versus them” terms, and makes wholesale denunciations of entire ethnic groups. Which inevitably raises the question, “Is Donald Trump a fascist?”

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    • Steve Bannon Is Turning Trump Into an Ethno-Nationalist Ideologue

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 9 mins
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    The top adviser is providing a coherent political philosophy for the president's scattered ideas.

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    • Who Will Stop Republican Islamophobia?

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Islamophobia has become a powerful and divisive issue in American politics. The two main political parties are increasingly defining themselves by sharply different rhetoric and policies on the treatment of Muslims, both in the United States and internationally. These issues dominated the Republican debate, and are likely to be equally important when the Democratic candidates take the stage on Saturday.

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    • Dude Looks like a Libertarian

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 11 mins
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    Why does Rand Paul’s political philosophy turn off women?

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    • National Review’s Sad Surrender to Trump

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 7 mins
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    A year ago, the magazine proudly declared that it was "Against Trump." Now it's defending the president against his many critics. What gives?

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    • The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 9 mins
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    Trump's kleptocratic, autocratic tendencies are matched by McConnell's destruction of democratic norms. Both are an existential threat.

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    • Trump's Lies Destroy Logic as Well as Truth

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 7 mins
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    The problem with Donald Trump isn’t just that he lies constantly, but also that he can’t keep his story straight. On Sunday, he issued forth a string of tweets about the election results and the ongoing recount efforts launched by Green Party leader Jill Stein. They advanced three separate arguments. The first tweet read: “So much time and money will be spent [on the recount] - same result! Sad.”

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    • Muhammad Ali's Greatest Victory Came When He Didn't Fight

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Muhammad Ali was brutal in the ring. It’s painful to watch his early matches with Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and Ernie Terrell, which seem not at all like contests of equals but exercises in punishment and retribution. Ali regarded these foes as not his boxing rivals so much as traitors to the cause of black freedom. Terrell kept referring to Ali by his birth name, Cassius Clay, an affront to the champion who had shed what he saw as a slave name for one that affirmed his identity as a black Muslim.

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    • Donald Trump Is No Richard Nixon

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 7 mins
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    In a speech in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, Donald Trump took a strong “law and order” line, declaring, “The first civil right is safety.” As Maggie Haberman of The New York Times shrewdly noted, Trump was echoing a 1968 ad where Richard Nixon exploited concern about crime and riots by stating, “The first civil right of every American is to be free from domestic violence.” This wasn’t the first time Trump has mimicked Nixon.

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    • James Comey Is Democrats’ Best Hope for Stopping Trump

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Trump’s willingness to alienate the intelligence community and its allies in the military might seem strange, but it points to something important about his worldview. For all his bluster about making other nations respect America again and fighting terrorism, Trump cares more about domestic security. Here, as elsewhere, he has an “American First” approach—and that’s why he’s been solicitous to police and the FBI, and hostile to the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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    • The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend

    • By Cynthia on 06-01-18

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    • Star Wars Films Are Not about Good vs. Evil. They're about Bad Parenting.

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 3 mins
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    For Star Wars fans, the space opera series’ seven films (and counting) are about grand themes such as the battle between an autocratic galactic empire and democratic rebellion, or even more grandly, between the two sides of the Force, good and evil, light and darkness. Yet these lofty narratives are always grounded in the exfoliation of a single family tree, the Skywalker clan. Although the storyline might span the universe, it’s the internal dysfunction of generations of Skywalkers that is the root of the problem.

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    • Welcome to the New Party of Lincoln

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 4 mins
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    To defeat Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton is assembling a much wider popular front than even the Obama coalition. As evidenced by the Democratic National Convention, this front runs from the democratic socialist Bernie Sanders to the centrist Bill Clinton to the disaffected former Republican Michael Bloomberg. Much of the turmoil of the convention has come from the difficulty of bringing together these different factions, which still heatedly disagree on issues like trade and foreign policy.

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    • America Now Looks Like the Past, Not the Future

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Trump's refugee ban abandons America's claims to moral leadership.

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    • The Death of Paul Ryan, Policy Genius

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    He's always been more con artist than wonk. After the health-care fiasco, the whole world knows it.

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