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  1. reasons to love new york
    Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and the Political Appeal of a New Yawk Accent“Americans have come to associate New Yorkers, and so New York accents, with saying what you mean, intense emotional talk, and not worrying too much about whom you offend.”
  2. feature
    Baltimore After Freddie Gray: A Laboratory of Urban ViolenceA year after his death, murders in the city have soared, and the relationship between violence and policing has never been more complicated.
  3. How Many Ways Can You Blow a World Series?The pain of “wait till next year.”
  4. the sports section
    The Most Costly Error in World Series History?Some biased, somewhat depressed postgame thoughts.
  5. the sports section
    Was Game 3 a World Series Turning Point?Some proudly-biased postgame thoughts.
  6. Is It Over for the Mets?An unapologetically biased postgame debriefing.
  7. Honestly, What Was Céspedes Doing on That Homer?A morning-after World Series debriefing.
  8. the military
    The Drama of the Drone PapersA story about civilian casualties is also a story about the bureaucracy of secrecy. Which one will have more impact?
  9. Rubio, Not Trump, Is Now the Defining Figure in the GOP RaceHe’s not the most bombastic candidate, but he’s the most talented. 
  10. early and often
    Rand Paul and the Fizzling of America’s Libertarian MomentIt was overhyped from the start — but he certainly didn’t help.
  11. early and often
    Donald Trump Is an Outrage Candidate for Good TimesHis remarkably modest promise is to replace one terrible set of elites with another, amazing one.
  12. politics
    Marco Rubio Is a Candidate of the Future Trapped in a Party of the PastHe is being cast as the Republicans’ dutiful son. It’s a losing spot for him — and the GOP as a whole.
  13. politics
    Jeb Bush Is Still Searching for His Best Political Self His gaffes are overshadowing his strengths as a candidate. But even if he recovers, will there be a place for him in today’s Republican Party? 
  14. California Curbs Solitary: A New Era in Justice?Long-term isolation will no longer be used as a method of social control. 
  15. work stress
    The Real Reason People Find the Times’ Amazon Story So UpsettingJudging workers by aggressively monitored internal data is a lot scarier than Jeff Bezos.
  16. the justice system
    The Movement Against Solitary ConfinementSlowly but surely, the focus of criminal-justice reform is turning away from capital punishment.  
  17. black lives matter
    The Activists Are the Stars of #BlackLivesMatterThis is new. 
  18. profile
    The Hard Truths of Ta-Nehisi CoatesAfter the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. and the hopes of Barack Obama.
  19. FIFA, Freddie Gray, and the New Power of the ProsecutorMarilyn Mosby and Loretta Lynch are not just indicting criminals: They’re trying to clean up corrupt cultures.
  20. culture
    In Defense of the 1970sThey’re still getting a bad rap, pace the Mad Men finale and Louis C.K.’s recent Saturday Night Live monologue. Here’s why that’s not fair.
  21. feature
    As Jeopardy! Robot Watson Grows Up, How Afraid of It Should We Be?Who’s freaked out by a robot with an expanding brain?
  22. justice
    How Hillary’s Justice Speech Changes 2016 RaceHer remarks were not just timely, but potentially game-changing.
  23. letter from
    Last Night There Was a Riot in My NeighborhoodFewer neighborhoods had been destroyed than I expected. But the city still looks terrible.
  24. justice
    Why Is Freddie Gray Dead?It may have less to do with villainy than tragedy, less to do with racism than race.
  25. the outer boroughs
    What Is the Bronx, Anyway?New York’s most elusive borough lags far behind in the city’s identity sweepstakes. But why?
  26. international affairs
    Why Iranians Were Dancing in the Streets Over the Nuclear FrameworkFor some, it wasn’t a deal executed by distant men in suits, but liberation from a crippling sanctions regime.
  27. left behind
    America Is Once Again Becoming the World’s Liberal BeaconEurope and Israel are headed in a different direction.
  28. security state
    When Bad Cops Become Gitmo TorturersOne man’s story shows how deep the link is between America’s police forces and the national security apparatus. 
  29. security state
    When Abuse from the Streets Reaches the Gates of GitmoOne man’s story shows how deep the link is between America’s police forces and the national security apparatus. 
  30. digital life
    Waze and the Politics of Public SpacesIs the technology you use exclusively a private concern when it helps you master the communal?
  31. charlie hebdo
    Charlie Hebdo and the Shifting Nature of Islamic TerrorismThough Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks, the threat of the indoctrinated individual now appears greater than that of formal groups.
  32. new york's finest
    How the NYPD Came to See Itself As Different From Those It ProtectsCops suggest they’re under siege, despite evidence to the contrary.
  33. Crime Has Changed. The NYPD Should Change, Too. The current post–Eric Garner, post-Ramos-and-Liu debate about the nature of crime represents a regression from larger trends.
  34. Cuba and the Ghosts in America’s BackyardResuming relations with Havana may be the first step toward real policy transformation toward Latin America.
  35. radio vulture
    The Strange Intimacy of ‘Serial’What gives the podcast’s storytellers, and its listeners, the right to parse through the very private details of other people’s lives? 
  36. politics
    Obama and the 6-Year ItchIt’s not unusual for Americans to weary of the president in his second term. But rarely does the rejection happen so rapidly. 
  37. politics in the time of ebola
    Chris Christie Is Trying to Fight an Ebola Panic That Doesn’t Really Exist How did the New Jersey governor so badly misread public opinion?
  38. Small-Scale Attacks by Self-Radicalized Terrorists Are the New NormalIncidents like the Ottawa parliament shootings have taken on scary inevitability. 
  39. inside the hot zone
    Ebola Is a Virus That Punishes False ConfidenceTaming it will require plenty of human humility. 
  40. manhunt
    The Fugitive in the Pennsylvania WoodsHow has the survivalist who shot two state troopers avoided capture during a month-long manhunt?
  41. foreign affairs
    Can Americans Stomach Another ISIS Slaughter?Officials in the city of Kobani are warning of “5,000 dead within 24 or 36 hours.”
  42. pandemics
    The Inhuman Heroism of Health-Care Workers in the Ebola Zone The acts required to impose isolation on an infected population are brave and terrible.
  43. sad scary things
    The Lessons of the Dallas Ebola CaseEven the smallest mistakes by hospitals can have dire consequences.
  44. Obama Stands Up to ISIS, Still Needs AlliesIf the U.S. wants to avoid sending troops into combat, it needs friends to do the fighting.
  45. The Summer of 2014 and the Return of the Politics of RacismA shift in the attention of the American left, away from economic inequality.
  46. Militarization: Liberals and Libertarians AgreeIt’s not the deepest problem that surfaced in Ferguson. But it’s actionable.
  47. Ebola and the Brutal Necessity of QuarantineIt is bracing to be reminded of what the fallback solution is when medicine cannot contain a disease.
  48. Maybe Israel Isn’t Capable of Surgical StrikesThe shelling of schools makes the IDF’s reputation for supreme precision seem increasingly undeserved.
  49. international affairs
    What John Kerry’s Botched Gaza Plan Says About His Political EvolutionIs his “emotional commitment” to Israel ?
  50. ‘Telegenically Dead Palestinians’: Why Israel Is Losing the American Media WarIn this conflict, we are seeing the Palestinians less as terrorists and more as they see themselves — as ordinary people living in often impossible circumstances.
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