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Willingham Prosecutor's Lack of Doubt Too Extreme

Amy Bach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amy Bach

As the Willingham case demonstrates, there's a certain kind of behavioral reaction by people who work in courts -- prosecutors especially -- that defends the system over all contrary evidence.

Emerging GOP Theme: Nullification

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The code words change over time (from "nullification" to "states' rights" to Pawlenty's "state sovereignty"), but the idea is the same -- we retain the right to ignore any laws we don't feel like following.

A Stunt Or Not A Stunt? That Is NOT The Question

Colin Beavan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Colin Beavan

Elizabeth Kolbert's using four pages to attack her fellow environmental writers is four pages less that she could have used to convince the public of the dangers of continuing to burn fossil fuel and that we could have a better way of life without it.

Still Clinging to the Barbarity of the Death Penalty

Byron Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Byron Williams

Since it is impossible to avoid error, the only way one can support the death penalty is to suggest that we have expendable portions of society.

Amelia Lester, 26 Year Old Former Fact Checker, Is New Managing Editor Of The New Yorker

The New York Observer | John Koblin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The New Yorker has hired Amelia Lester, most recently an editor at the Paris Review, as their new managing editor. Ms. Lester, 26, a Sydney native ...

Ryan Grim

How Ted Kennedy Helped Bill Clinton Win Reelection | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The New Yorker has unlocked its Kennedy archives and given free access to a number of revealing profiles. One of the fines is also one of the most rec...

New Yorker: Can A Good Mayor Amass Too Much Power?

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

The latest issue of the New Yorker wonders if, despite being a good mayor, Michael Bloomberg has amassed too much political power, no doubt in large p...

This Week in Magazines: Two Different Ways of Remembering Michael

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Adoring Michael Jackson fans, and their many journalistic enablers, will gag over a stinging critique in the Aug. 13 New York Review of Books, a high-brow publication not likely to be found by their beds.

Kindle Controversy: eBooks in Transition

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Giles Slade

According to the publishing industry, 50% of all books will be sold in eFormat by 2013. People want to know about the changes that are taking place, but don't know where to begin.

This Week in Magazines: The Bull (Moose) in the Obama China Shop

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Sheila Bair is a Bull Moose in the China shop of the Obama administration's economic team.

Getting Rich and the Marshmallow

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

We have a financial system that has played to people's weaknesses. We have allowed people who are prone to instant gratification to have as much credit as they could get their hands on.

This Week in Magazines: An Homage to Awful State Legislators

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

Citizens across America, especially New York and Illinois, must read the July Texas Monthly so they can be reassured that their state legislators aren't the biggest idiots.

This Week in Magazines: Bernie, Blago and Betrayal

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

This may be a golden era of betrayal. Bernie Madoff, Eliot Spitzer, Chris Brown, Rod Blagojevich, Alex Rodriguez and Mel Gibson are among the liars and cheats who've hurt their biggest fans and chums the most.

Chicagoan Earns New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest Win Record

Chicago Tribune | Steve Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

We have a winner. Larry Wood, a lawyer with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, just found out this morning that he's won the New...

Carlos Slim: Can He Turnaround The NYT?

New York Magazine | Chris Rovzar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Throughout his endless (though interesting) profile of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, New Yorker scribe Lawrence Wright provides example after examp...

Jorge Colombo Creates New Yorker Cover Using iPhone

New Yorker | Posted by the New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Jorge Colombo drew this week's cover using Brushes, an application for the iPhone, while standing for an hour outside Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in T...

New Yorker Cover Painted With iPhone

New York Times | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Some people send text with their iPhones, and some play games. The artist Jorge Colombo created this week's cover for The New Yorker with his. Mr. ...

This Week in Magazines: The "Test Madness" of Our Medical Lives

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

If President Obama truly wants to deal with our mess of a health care system, perhaps somebody should read June 8 Forbes and its concise dissection of our "test madness," namely endless and fear-ridden search for illness.

Rethinking the Rules of Engagement

Billy Parish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Billy Parish

In many ways we still seem to be fighting the green battle on our opposition's terms, and right now it looks like we're losing. We need to rethink the rules of engagement.

Jason Linkins

Dan Baum, Fired By New Yorker, Recounting His Story On Twitter | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I enjoy using Twitter, but Dan Baum's Twitter chronicle of his dismissal from The New Yorker reminds me that some stories will always be too big for it.

National Magazine Awards 2009: New Yorker, Esquire, Wired, Backpacker Win Big

WWD | Irin Carmon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The New Yorker, Esquire, Backpacker and Wired were the big winners at the American Society of Magazine Editors' National Magazine Awards on Thursday e...

Even For Cheney, The Al Qaeda-Iraq Torture Story Is A New Low

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

Coercive and illegal techniques were used widely at Gitmo in an attempt to secure information linking al Qaeda to Saddam Hussein.

Goodbye, Portfolio. Thanks, Uncle Si

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Andrea Chalupa

Jeff Bercovici,'s Mixed Media blogger, broke the news at 10 a.m.: Condé Nast is shutting down Portfolio magazine and its website. Eight...

This Week in Magazines: Which Promises Has Obama Really Kept?

James Warren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
James Warren

It's almost over. Just a few more days. Then, no more chatter about President Obama's first 100 days.

New Yorker Profiles Peter Orszag: How Obama's Budget Genius Was Tripped Up By Jon Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A few weeks ago, Peter Orszag, President Obama's trim, apple-cheeked budget director, stretched out in the green room of what has become, in recent ye...