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

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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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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    • 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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    • Donald Trump Is the Bizzaro Noam Chomsky

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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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 Call for a Nuclear Arms Race Isn’t a Warning to Putin. It’s an Invitation.

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    Nothing has caused more angst during the current transfer of power in Washington than President-elect Donald Trump’s belligerent words about upgrading America’s nuclear capabilities. “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability,” he tweeted on Thursday, “until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”

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    • Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Revolution

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Trump can’t answer specific questions about foreign policy with any degree of informed knowledge or consistency. But this shouldn’t blind us to the fact that he has a bold and consistent global vision. He may be weak on the details, but he is strikingly audacious in championing a shadow tradition that stands in opposition to the bi-partisan internationalism that has dominated American foreign policy since the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.

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    • Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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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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    • Why Donald Trump Can't Stop Praising Vladimir Putin

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Donald Trump has long shown admiration and respect for Vladimir Putin, saying that the authoritarian Russian president is “doing a great job” in “rebuilding Russia,” and “I think I’d get along very well with Vladimir Putin.” After Putin called Trump a “talented person” last year, he returned the favor: “It is always a great honor to be so nicely complimented by a man so highly respected within his own country and beyond.”

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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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Stop Making Superhero Movies for Grown-ups

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 7 mins
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    What a genre lost when it stopped targeting kids.

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    • Operation Wetback Revisited

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 9 mins
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    If there is one thing Trump is dead serious about, it’s mass deportation. If he is elected president, our emigration problem will not involve well-to-do liberals leaving voluntarily, but mil-lions of undocumented Americans being forcibly expelled. On multiple occasions, Trump has praised President Dwight Eisenhower’s mass deportation effort - although he’s been careful not to mention its name: Operation Wetback.

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    • Cruz and Fiorina's Faux Feminism

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Ted Cruz’s strange gambit of announcing on Wednesday afternoon that Carly Fiorina will be his vice presidential running mate, done while his own bid for the presidential nomination is still a long shot, reeks of desperation. But there’s a certain logic to it. After all, Donald Trump is extremely unpopular with women, including Republican women. And further down the line, Hillary Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee.

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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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    • Don't Let Trump's Toxic Masculinity Overshadow Hillary's Historic Achievement

    • By: Jeet Heer
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    • Length: 4 mins
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    There's no sadder commentary about gender politics in America today than the fact that the likely election of the first female president has become a horrific display of toxic masculinity.

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

    • By: Jeet Heer
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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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    • Identity Heft: Why the Politics of Race and Gender Are Dominating the 2016 Election

    • By: Jeet Heer
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Just a year a so ago, the phrase “identity politics” had a musty and arcane air to it, redolent as it was of early 1990s campus battles over issues of gender and racial representation.

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