Lauren Boebert Is Feeling the Heat in Colorado

“Man, I hit a wall,” Lauren Boebert said, sounding ready to pack it in. Hovering near the back of a high school cafeteria in Otis, a tiny speck of a town in eastern Colorado, the uber-MAGA congresswoman had just wrapped up her third candidate debate/forum in three days. It was after 10 p.m., and she…

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The E.U. Is Revealing Its True Identity. Europeans Don’t Like It.

In European Parliament elections this month, voters in most of the European Union’s 27 countries rallied to parties that hold the union in contempt. Analysts have leaped to the conclusion that the European Union must have done something wrong. It didn’t. The specific policy grievances that drove the election results were national, not continental. In…

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The Nation Resurgent, and Borders, Too

In France, as in the United States, feelings harden against immigrants, and President Emmanuel Macron and President Biden take note. At the heart of the rapid rise of the nationalist right, with its view of immigrants as a direct threat to the essence of France, there appears to lie a growing feeling among many French…

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The Man Softening the Ground for an Extremist Germany

Björn Höcke has done more than take the far right into the mainstream. He is tilting the mainstream toward the far right. From the small stage of a pub in a wooded town of eastern Germany, the right-wing ideologue Björn Höcke regaled a crowd of followers late last year with the tale of his imminent…

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The 3 Men Behind Biden’s Campaign Against Trump

President Biden has a diverse group of advisers, but few have the influence of three men in his inner circle during his final campaign. Multiple times each day, President Biden dials up Mike Donilon, a close adviser since the 1980s, to chew on the latest polls and headlines. “What’s your instinct? What do you think?”…

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New Book Paints Trump as Wounded, Forgetful and Hung Up on Hollywood

In the dark months following the Jan. 6 attack, Donald J. Trump opened up to an entertainment journalist, revealing his fixation with celebrity, acceptance and the TV show that made him. It was May 2021, and Donald J. Trump was wounded. Four months earlier, his supporters had ransacked the Capitol. He had departed Washington, disgraced,…

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Drag Takes Off in the Philippines, a Bastion of Christianity

For many performers, drag is not only a cultural phenomenon, but also a political statement promoting social justice and gay rights. Before he put on the glittery neon yellow tasseled jumpsuit, donned the yellow wig, and lip synced and danced onstage under colorful spotlights, Paul Hidacan went through his preshow routine in a busy dressing…

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The Comstock Act: Trump’s Allies Say They’ll Enforce It

Until the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022, it was hard for feminists to get Americans to take the threat of losing the constitutional right to abortion seriously. Describing Hillary Clinton’s inability, in 2016, to shake pro-choice voters out of their complacency, The New York Times’s Lisa Lerer and Elizabeth Dias wrote, “Internal…

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The Culture Wars Came to a California Suburb. A Leader Has Been Ousted.

Voters recalled a Southern California school board president after his conservative majority approved policies on critical race theory and transgender issues. From the start, the three conservative board members of the Temecula Valley Unified School District made clear where they stood. On the same night in December 2022 that they were sworn in as a…

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