‘The Truce on Drugs’
Benjamin Wallace-Wells, New York
From the marijuana growers of Humboldt County to the narcotics cops of Baltimore, from the voters of Colorado and Washington to the governments of Mexico and Central America, a negotiated surrender is being implemented in the war on drugs. But will it be enough to end the fighting?
‘Revenge of the Reality-Based Community’
Bruce Bartlett, The American Conservative
My life on the Republican right—and how I saw it all go wrong.
‘The Insourcing Boom’
Charles Fishman, The Atlantic
After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States.
‘Loving a Child on the Fringe’
Cristina Nehring, Slate
A terrified single mother falls in love with her Down-syndrome daughter.
‘Young and the Restless: On Brigham Young’
Chris Lehmann, The Nation
How the American Moses became America’s first spiritual manager in the wilderness of Scripture-infused capitalism.
‘The Salman Rushdie Case’
Zoë Heller, The New York Review of Books
The world is as large and as wide as it ever was; it’s just Rushdie who got small.
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