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The New Yorker Comment

The New Yorker

A weekly reading of the magazine’s “Comment” essay.

08:02 | Sep 9th

In "This Is a Test," Jelani Cobb delves into the clashes over the New York City school system's reforms.

07:20 | Sep 3rd

In "Another Race to Run," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the complexities of the Senate race.
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08:44 | Aug 27th

In "Hong Kong on the March," Evan Osnos reports on how the mass demonstrations are in bold defiance of Chinese authority, but a crackdown could be incalculably costly.

08:09 | Aug 19th

In "See Nothing," Amy Davidson Sorkin reports on the failure to see what Jeffrey Epstein was doing.

08:55 | Aug 12th

In "Words and Wounds," David Remnick writes about how President Trump is bearing out Toni Morrison's warnings about the violence of language.

08:04 | Jul 29th

In "Lost in Translation," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Robert Muller's testimony.

08:44 | Jul 22nd

In "No Going Back," Jelani Cobb writes about Trump's racist agenda.

08:08 | Jul 15th

In "The Health-Care Defense," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the battle for healthcare.

08:17 | Jul 8th

In "Margin Call," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the Democratic Party's moving margins.

08:47 | Jun 24th

In "Belligerence," Robin Wright delves into Donald Trump's four Iran options.

08:16 | Jun 17th

In "The Don and Joe Show," Amy Davidson Sorkin delves into what a Biden-Trump presidential race might look like.

08:17 | Jun 3rd

In "Continental Shift," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the European elections.

08:06 | May 28th

In "No Mercy," Margaret Talbot writes about the fate of immigrant children at the border.

08:30 | May 20th

In "The Threat to Roe," Jeffrey Toobin writes about the abortion fight and the pretense of precedent.

08:49 | May 13th

In "Last Chances," Elizabeth Kolbert reports on climate change and the new age of extinction.

08:29 | May 6th

In "No Rules," Margaret Talbot writes about Trump, Barr, and the rule of law.
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07:36 | Apr 29th

In "Twenty for 2020," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the Democrats and the 2020 presidential election.

07:58 | Apr 22nd

In "What Mueller Found," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about President Donald Trump's brush with accountability.

08:24 | Apr 15th

In "Partners in Division," David Remnick writes about the Trump-Netanyahu alliance.

07:53 | Apr 8th

In "Barr Review," Jeffrey Toobin writes about attorney general William Barr's choices.

08:36 | Apr 1st

In What's The Story, Steve Coll writes that the Attorney General’s summary reported no conspiracy, but serious newsrooms and journalists did the job they are supposed to do.

08:41 | Mar 25th

The special counsel’s report is in, and other investigations are accelerating. And yet it is impossible to imagine the President changing his behavior, much less giving up his office. In "It's Mueller Time," David Remnick writes about what comes next...Show More

08:48 | Mar 18th

The next two weeks will test how deeply a nation can immerse itself in self-delusion. In "Last Exit to Brexit," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the magical thinking around the upcoming deadline.

08:14 | Mar 11th

In "The Pros and Cons of Impeaching Trump," Adam Gopnik writes that real and reasonable arguments among congressional Democrats—and, indeed, among the public—range from the practical to the procedural.

08:44 | Mar 4th

In "Reality Shows," Evan Osnos writes about Trump, Kim, Cohen, and the limits of the President's power.

08:43 | Feb 25th

In "May Days," Jeffrey Toobin writes about Andrew McCabe count down to the Mueller report.

08:26 | Feb 11th

In "House Cleaning," Jelani Cobb writes about how the House is taking on Amerca's voting-rights problem.

08:10 | Feb 4th

In “Not Working,” Margaret Talbot writes about President Trump’s state of disunion.

07:28 | Jan 28th

In "Guns and the City," Amy Davidson Sorkin reports on whether the Supreme Court will use a New York City regulation to strike down gun laws.

08:15 | Jan 22nd

In "Making The Case," Jeffrey Toobin writes about William Barr and Donald Trump.

07:48 | Jan 14th

In "On the Border," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the Republican's test at the border.

08:29 | Jan 7th

In "Democrats in the House," Margaret Talbot writes about the house Democrats best path forward.

09:06 | Jan 2nd

In "Unforeseen," Jill Lepore writes about predicting the future.

08:39 | Dec 17th, 2018

In "Run, Republicans, Run," Amy Davidson Sorkin reports on how the G.O.P has a chance to redeem itself, by launching a primary challenge to the President.

08:10 | Dec 10th, 2018

In "Coal for Christmas," Elizabeth Kolbert reports on climate change diplomacy.

08:25 | Dec 3rd, 2018

In “Political Borders,” Amy Davidson Sorkin reports on the border crisis.

05:27 | Nov 26th, 2018

In "The City of Dreams," the editors delve into the city that shaped The New Yorker.

08:25 | Nov 19th, 2018

In "Winning Votes," Jeffrey Toobin delves into the voting rights fight.

08:11 | Nov 12th, 2018

In "Party of One," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the midterm elections, and their aftermath.

09:04 | Nov 5th, 2018

In "This America," Jill Lepore reports on how the bloody-mindedness of broken men can be countered only by principle and fortitude.

08:51 | Oct 29th, 2018

In "The Stakes," David Remnick reports on how the midterm elections are a referendum on Donald Trump.

08:24 | Oct 22nd, 2018

The suppression of minority votes is the homegrown corollary of the Administration’s xenophobic rhetoric—an attempt to place a white thumb on the demographic scale.

08:43 | Oct 15th, 2018

In "Global Warning," Elizabeth Kolbert asks what is Donald Trump’s response to the U.N.’s dire climate report?

08:26 | Oct 8th, 2018

In "Bystanders to History," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Brett Kavanaugh and the G.O.P.'s bargain with Trump.

08:38 | Oct 1st, 2018

In "On The Attack," Margaret Talbot writes about how Christine Blasey Ford's experience was just as bad as Anita Hill's - maybe worse.

08:59 | Sep 24th, 2018

In "The Next Confirmation," Amy Davidson Sorkin asks, do the Democrats have a post-Kavanaugh, post-midterm game plan?

08:30 | Sep 17th, 2018

In "Scary Stuff," George Packer writes about the scariest parts of "Fear."

08:40 | Sep 10th, 2018

In "The Week that Was," Jeffrey Toobin writes about the deceptive contrast between Trump and Cavanaugh.

08:26 | Sep 4th, 2018

In "Fire Alarm," Elizabeth Kolbert writes about the new normal of wildfires.

09:03 | Aug 27th, 2018

In "It Was Never Thus," Jill Lepore reports about measuring Presidents' misdeeds.

08:54 | Aug 20th, 2018

In "Ten Years After," George Packer reports on how the financial crisis of 2008 was years in the making and has had a lasting impact on American political life.

09:10 | Aug 13th, 2018

In "The Digital Public Square," Steve Coll reports on Alex Jones and social media neutrality.

09:01 | Jul 30th, 2018

In "Get Out and Vote," George Packer reports on how the midterm elections are the last obstacle to Trump’s consolidation of power—and the greatest obstacle to voting is the feeling that it doesn’t matter.

08:37 | Jul 23rd, 2018

In "Long, Hot Summers," Evan Osnos reports on how the G.O.P. is standing by as President Trump upends American security.

08:51 | Jul 16th, 2018

In "Bad Trips," Amy Davidson Sorkin reports on how, when President Trump brings up Russia, he seems to be speaking of something that is defined less by reality than by what he needs it to be.

09:02 | Jul 9th, 2018

In "After Kennedy," Jeffrey Toobin reports on how President Trump's Supreme Court pick could undo Kennedy's legacy.

09:04 | Jun 25th, 2018

In "Family Values," Margaret Talbot reports on how the policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border was the purest distillation yet of what it means to be governed by a President with no moral center.

09:07 | Jun 18th, 2018

In "Going Rogue," George Packer writes about in how, in half a week, between Quebec and Singapore, Trump showed that the liberal order is hateful to him, and that he wants out.

07:50 | Jun 11th, 2018

In "Kim's Chinese Lessons," Evan Osnos writes about Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un's nuclear summit, and the bid for history.

09:01 | May 29th, 2018

In "Smelling the Coffee," Jelani Cobb writes about racial bias training at Starbucks.

08:39 | May 21st, 2018

In "The Long Fight," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about John McCain's legacy.

08:43 | May 14th, 2018

In "Bad Bets," Robin Wright reports on the end of the Iran deal, and Trump'confrontationaltatial foreign policy.

08:38 | May 7th, 2018

In "Dream On," Amy Davidson Sorkin write's about how the Administration's incompetence and the courts' rectitudes have seen the Dreamers through. But those factors may be temporary safeguards.

08:38 | Apr 30th, 2018

In "Crash Course," Nicholas Lemann writes about the dangers of undoing Dodd-Frank.

08:27 | Apr 23rd, 2018

One thing is becoming clear about the various Trump scandals: they center on the President’s disdain for the law.

08:49 | Apr 16th, 2018

In "Might and Right," George Packer writes about how the president and his new national security advisor, John Bolton, are in an especially bad position to respond to the atrocities in Syria.

08:57 | Apr 9th, 2018

In "About Facebook," Andrew Marantz writes about the future of Facebook after Cambridge Analytica.

08:56 | Apr 2nd, 2018

In "Death of a King," Jelani Cobb writes about the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and what it means on the 50th Anniversary of his assassination.

09:23 | Mar 26th, 2018

In "Account Settings," David Remnick reports on Cambridge Analytica and a moral reckoning in Silicon Valley.

08:33 | Mar 19th, 2018

In "A Revelatory Case," Amy Davidson Sorkin delves into what went wrong in the Stormy Daniels case.

08:31 | Mar 12th, 2018

In "Illiberal Arts," David Remnick writes about Donald Trump and the stress test of liberal democracy.

08:31 | Mar 5th, 2018

In "Gun Shots," Margaret Talbot weighs in on the gun control debate after Parkland.

08:22 | Feb 26th, 2018

In "Indicted," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Robert Mueller’s distinctly American indictments.

08:55 | Feb 20th, 2018

In "Peace Games," Evan Osnos writes about the politics at the Winter Olympics.

08:39 | Feb 6th, 2018

In "State of the Resistance," Jelani Cobb writes about the opposition to President Trump.

08:30 | Jan 30th, 2018

In "Firing Offenses," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about the questions that Mueller might ask Trump.

08:32 | Jan 22nd, 2018

In "Trump in the World," Amy Davidson Sorkin asked, "how can someone so “America first” attend an event so globally minded?"
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08:35 | Jan 16th, 2018

In "Slash and Burn," Elizabeth Kolbert writes about the damage done by Trump's Department of the Interior.
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13:31 | Jan 9th, 2018

In “The Lost Emperor,” David Remnick writes about how the West Wing has come to resemble the dankest realms of Twitter.

09:10 | Jan 2nd, 2018

In "Words of the Year," Louis Menand writes about the importance of words.

08:11 | Dec 27th, 2017

In "Christmas Stories," Adam Gopnik writes about the Christmas spirit.

08:03 | Dec 11th, 2017

In "How Low Will They Go?," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Roy Moore and the G.O.P.

09:32 | Dec 4th, 2017

In "Faking It," Steve Coll writes about how, in attacking the media, the president has in many ways strengthened it.

08:24 | Nov 27th, 2017

In "A History of Paranoia," Jelani Cobb writes about the new politics of race.

08:33 | Nov 20th, 2017

In "Tests for Liberals," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Al Franken, Roy Moore, and a test for the democratic party.

08:32 | Nov 13th, 2017

In "Autumn of the Patriarchy," David Remnick delves into the Weinstein moment and the Trump presidency.

08:43 | Nov 6th, 2017

In "A Long Year," Steve Coll writes about the president's turbulent year.

08:18 | Oct 30th, 2017

In "The Silent Majority," Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about Jeff Flake and the G.O.P.'s complicity problem.

08:54 | Oct 23rd, 2017

In "Limits of Power," Jia Tolentino writes about Harvey Weinstein and the limits of powerful men.

08:15 | Oct 16th, 2017

In "Fighting Words," Evan Osnos writes about President Trump's war tantrums.

10:19 | Oct 9th, 2017

In “Disasters Will Happen,” Amy Davidson Sorkin writes about President Trump’s trips to Puerto Rico and Las Vegas.

10:19 | Oct 2nd, 2017

In “Inquietude,” Jill Lepore writes about our free speech fumbles.

07:42 | Sep 25th, 2017

In “Madmen Theories,” Steve Coll writes about President Trump’s U.N. début.

07:44 | Sep 18th, 2017

In “In The Dark,” Amy Davidson Sorkin explores how America is dealing with hurricane disasters.

08:28 | Sep 11th, 2017

In “Broken Dreams,” William Finnegan writes about saving DACA.

08:17 | Sep 5th, 2017

In “Coming Storms,” Elizabeth Kolbert writes about Hurricane Harvey and climate change.

07:46 | Aug 28th, 2017

Jelani Cobb writes that some saw Steve Bannon’s blend of nationalism and racial grievance as the ballast in Trump’s ship. But will Bannon’s banishment change anything?