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Is Donald Trump a masterful negotiator or an unqualified bumbler? The truth likely lies somewhere in between, but we want to avoid closed-mindedness here and accept the possibility that a mercurial president can secure a beneficial agreement by means of wrong-footing the other side’s negotiators. In any case, we’re going …

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The Real Palestinian Catastrophe

As Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independ­ence and the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinians last week commemorated their 70th “Nakba Day.” The Nakba, or catastrophe, in question is meant to be the founding of the state of Israel, but this year Palestinians had a real …

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Reeducating the Baristas

As I write, the big day is a little less than two weeks away, and none of the mediafolk at Starbucks will say exactly how it will all come off—the reprogramming of nearly 175,000 baristas and other employees in a single afternoon, in an effort to cleanse them of racial …

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The Mueller Anniversary

One year ago—on May 17, 2017—deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein signed Order 3915-2017. To “ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” he appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to be special counsel for the Department of Justice to inquire …

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Don’t Hold Your Breath: the Collapse of the Republican Party Isn’t Imminent

There were a handful of primary elections last week in Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia, and while the results from Middle America were more or less predictable—“establishment” Republicans prevailed against some Trumpier-than-thou candidates—the headlines were revealing in their way: “Parties’ Stalwarts Hold Ground Against Rebels,” declared the front-page account in …

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Big Tech’s Fake Ethics

On May 15, Facebook released its first-ever “Community Standards Enforcement Report.” Despite its numbingly bureaucratic title, the report contains startling details about the scope of the challenge facing the company as it tries to monitor violent, extremist, and false content on its platform; Facebook has tagged and taken down millions …

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Do as We Say, Not as We Did

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organization that licenses EU television broadcasts and hosts the annual Eurovision Song Contest, has terminated its contract with a Chinese broadcasting company. The company, Mango TV, cut one of the songs from the contest’s broadcast—the gay-themed “Together,” by the Irish songster Ryan O’Shaughnessy, featuring …

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Other People’s Money

What will Jeff Bezos do with his fortune? The Amazon chief has amassed around $130 billion, and there’s really no practical way to spend more than a fraction of it. “The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into …

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