I Was Kim Jong Il's Cook

True stories from the Dear Leader's onetime chef

A Family Deposition

Should Egypt receive reparations for the Exodus?

A Beautiful Mind

As the Philadelphia Eagles' Hank Fraley demonstrates, the behemoth who snaps the ball must also be one of the most mentally nimble players on the field

Information, Please

Sounds crazy, but one way to arrest the spiraling cost of health care would be to figure out what treatments actually work

High Plains Drifter

Don Quixote, a masterpiece of comic seriousness, gets a new and 'virtually twee-free' translation

America's Fortunes

In terms of personal prosperity most people are doing better than they think. But prospects for the unemployed are only getting worse. And two big storm clouds loom over everything

Blind Into Baghdad

The U.S. occupation of Iraq is a debacle not because the government did no planning but because a vast amount of expert planning was willfully ignored by the people in charge. The inside story of a historic failure

Do as I Say

Dr. Laura's counsel is caustic and oftentimes hypocritical, but it is also persuasive

Nation-Building 101

The chief threats to us and to world order come from weak, collapsed, or failed states. Learning how to fix such states—and building necessary political support at home—will be a defining issue for America in the century ahead

Young Fogeys

Young reactionaries, aging radicals—the U.S. Catholic Church's unusual clerical divide

A Gambling Man

Blair Hull thinks he has found the formula for how to buy a Senate seat

In Search of the Elusive Swing Voter

It almost doesn't matter who the Democratic candidate is. In terms of strategy, the road map for the coming presidential campaign was set long before the primaries—and it runs straight through the handful of states with the largest numbers of independent voters. Any candidate needs to hunt them down

The Chieftains and the Church

An intellectual audit of the Democrats and the Republicans


In Jerusalem cleaning up after a suicide bombing is business as usual

A Two-Planet Species?

The right way to think about our space program

Are We Still a Middle-Class Nation?

It's no accident that the United States has always been an economic paradise for the middle class—that class was invented and reinvented by the government. Now the government needs to reinvent it again—before it's too late

The $45 Trillion Problem

Carefree spending, huge tax cuts, and—above all—unalterable demographic facts have put us all in a box. And there's no easy way out

Radical Tax Reform

The tax system is unfair and inefficient, and fails to generate enough revenue to cover government expenditures. Here's how to fix that

Looking for Trouble

Get a life—at your own risk

New & Noteworthy

Why we review the books we do

Speaking of the Candidates

Our correspondent looks much too closely at the current crop of stump speeches

Putting a Value on Health

The way to arrest spiraling costs is to admit that we already do what we say we never will—ration health care—and then figure out how to do that better

The Other Gender Gap

Maybe boys just weren't meant for the classroom

Spies, Lies, and Weapons: What Went Wrong

How could we have been so far off in our estimates of Saddam Hussein's weapons programs? A leading Iraq expert and intelligence analyst in the Clinton Administration—whose book The Threatening Storm proved deeply influential in the run-up to the war—gives a detailed account of how and why we erred

An Incomplete Map of the Northern Polarity

If you were to ask George why he loves Margaret, he would say, "Because she's so mean to me."

Insurance Required

If mandatory insurance is good enough for your car...

America's "Suez Moment"

The growing trade deficit threatens U.S. living standards and makes the country dangerously vulnerable to economic extortion. The way out is to make foreigners act more like us

The Angry American

Social rage as a measure of the country's moral and political well-being

The Tuition Crunch

For low-income students college is increasingly out of reach


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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