The Money Report: how online shopping makes suckers of us all, how Walmart tricks people into saving, the plan to end Europe, and late-night comedy’s role in the rise of Trump. Plus, apps for aid in a humanitarian crisis, and more.

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May 2017

May 2017

The Money Report: how online shopping makes suckers of us all, how Walmart tricks people into saving, the plan to end Europe, and late-night comedy’s role in the rise of Trump. Plus, apps for aid in a humanitarian crisis, and more.

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Alec Baldwin Gets Under Trump’s Skin

Comedy and tragedy in an age of political chaos

Chris Jones

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Features

How Late-Night Comedy Fueled the Rise of Trump

Sneering hosts have alienated conservatives and made liberals smug.

Caitlin Flanagan

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Mexico’s Revenge

By antagonizing the U.S.’s neighbor to the south, Donald Trump has made the classic bully’s error: He has underestimated his victim.

Franklin Foer

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How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Will you pay more for those shoes before 7 p.m.? Would the price tag be different if you lived in the suburbs? Standard prices and simple discounts are giving way to far more exotic strategies, designed to extract every last dollar from the consumer.

Jerry Useem

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How to Trick People Into Saving Money

Inside Walmart’s curious, possibly ingenious effort to get customers to build up their savings accounts

Rob Walker

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Steven Davidoff Solomon and Frank Partnoy pose for a selfie on the rocky soil of Tejon Ranch

Frank and Steven’s Excellent Corporate-Raiding Adventure

Two law professors tried to mimic big activist hedge funds, investing their retirement savings in a small, languishing public company and trying to shake it up. Here’s what happened.

Frank Partnoy and Steven Davidoff Solomon

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Illustration: Trump straddles a crumbling canyon dividing isolationism—watch towers and barbed wire fences—and antagonism—armored tanks and other military vehicles.

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump’s Foreign Policy

The United States periodically debates whether to do more or less abroad. Trump won by promising both. But he can’t possibly deliver.

Stephen Sestanovich

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Dispatches

Trump’s Plan to End Europe

David Frum

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Big in Australia: Snacktivism

Isabella Kwai

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Golden State Warrior

Michelle Cottle

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Puppy Love

Katherine Riley

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Jet-Age Chic

Henry Grabar

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Apps for Refugees

Amy Weiss-Meyer

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How to Kill a Lake

Dan Egan

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The Culture File

Poet on the Edge

James Parker

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The Secret Life of Pitchers

Will Leitch

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A Match Made in Heaven

Molly Worthen

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Turning Pain Into Art

Meghan O'Rourke

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A Primal and Eccentric Family Drama

Ann Hulbert

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Departments

The Conversation

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