As Crimea prepares for a referendum on its future, its native Muslim residents are preparing for the worst: “Ukrainians are also vulnerable, but at least they have Ukraine to go to. Where will we go?”
“Sixty-three governments in 68 years, with 27 different Prime Ministers—so why should we care that Italy has a new government, with yet another Prime Minister?” Alexander Stille explains why Matteo Renzi could prove to be one of the more intriguing figures in Italian politics.
John Cassidy on why the solution to the crisis in Ukraine may lay in Berlin, in the personage of Angela Merkel
Jeffrey Toobin explains why Clarence Thomas's “behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing.”
Katherine Zoepf on the controversy surrounding a Saudi woman's tweet about beards, and why thousands of conservatives are calling for her to be put on trial
Which of Hillary Clinton’s pasts will she want us to pay attention to, if and when she runs for President? And which will she want us to ignore? Amy Davidson looks at two weaknesses of her candidacy.
U.S. residents pay far more for Internet, phone, and cable than customers abroad. In light of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, John Cassidy argues for a new competition policy that replicates what other countries have done. But will we get it?
John Cassidy on ten takeaways from Janet Yellen's big day
While the abortion rate is declining, Eyal Press looks at a more disquieting trend: the increasingly pronounced class and racial divisions among women having unintended pregnancies and abortions.
John Cassidy looks at whether Facebook or Microsoft will last longer: “The picture is not quite so black and white. Microsoft dates back to 1975; next year, it turns forty. Facebook won’t reach that landmark until 2044. Will it still be going strong then?”
Jeff Shesol, a former speechwriter for President Clinton, on why the State of the Union address is in need of fixing: “The most common complaint is that it is a laundry list, which is an insult to laundry lists. It is more a laundry bag, a sort of national hamper, into which rumpled articles are stuffed.”
Eric Schlosser looks at the truths behind Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film “Dr. Strangelove,” which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this month.
The President talks about climate change, Iran, the atmosphere in Washington, and the future of American policy in these outtakes from a series of exclusive interviews with David Remnick.
Ryan Lizza looks at how Obama’s speech on the N.S.A.’s data collection programs “was undoubtedly a victory for the reform side of this debate.”