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Children of Kindness

Episode 95: Jamie Kirchick on the end of Europe and Muslim comedian Negin Farsad on making jokes in the Trump era

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How Facebook Ate the News

Why Harvard commencement speaker Mark Zuckerberg is America’s Public Enemy No. 1

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Jews Gather at Sumud Freedom Camp to Support Palestinian Outpost in the West Bank

Confusion, shame, hope, eviction, love, ping-pong, and good posters in the Hebron hills

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The ‘Trump Dossier,’ or How Russia Helped America Break Itself

Getting Trump elected was not Putin’s goal. The Kremlin just wanted to sow discord and delegitimize the United States’ democratic institutions. Mission accomplished?

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Concentration Camp: The Eichmann Trial and the Origins of Punk Rock

Donald Trump might Make Punk Great Again, but in America, it was traumatized, and defiant, Jews who made it

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America’s Descent Into Middle Eastern-Style Conspiracy-Theory Madness

How the once-sturdy institutions of our democracy—the press, the intelligence community, political parties—have been used to legitimize a conspiracy theory, and why those theories are so hard to disprove

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Hard-Right Pro-Israel Partisans Should Stop Deluding Themselves About Trump

He’s pushed for Israeli-Palestinian peace, waived Iran sanctions, pressured Israel on settlements, and refused to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. What will it take for Trump’s hardline pro-Israel backers to criticize him?

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Trump and Bibi Have Their Cake and Eat It Too

A chef made a chess-themed dessert for the American and Israeli leaders. Metaphors abound.

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Trump’s Middle East Trip Was a Big, Surprising Success—and the Iranian Regime is Nervous

How the president’s photo-op diplomacy plays in Riyadh, Tehran, Beirut, Jerusalem, and back home in Trumpland

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Aggressive Surge in Israeli Settlement Activity Under Netanyahu Imperils Trump Peace Push (Not)

Because there is no aggressive surge—in fact settlements have not grown in years

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Stop Donald Trump From Colonizing Your Brain

Like a Libyan dictator of old, the leader is everywhere, including inside your head

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Trump Didn’t Just Reveal Israeli Intel on ISIS. He Showed Why the U.S.-Israel Alliance Is So Resilient.

Trump’s intel scandal sheds light on what America gets out of the U.S.-Israel relationship

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Bibi Should Tell Trump to Go Take a Selfie

When the American president visits the Western Wall next week as part of his Abrahamic monotheism heritage tour, he’ll be using the Jewish state as a prop—in a fantasy of Middle East peace, starring himself.

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Making Sense of the U.S.-Russia-Israel News

Intelligence leaks in Washington; Israel as a source of top-level U.S. intel; and Trump’s visit to the Western Wall, which the president’s aide reportedly said is ‘part of the West Bank’

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Trump’s Lawyer Puts Daughter on Display

Michael Cohen tweeted a picture of his daughter in lingerie, then asked a Twitter user if she was ‘jealous’ of her looks

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Tillerson Signals Trump Won’t Be Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem Anytime Soon

Hard-right pro-Israel partisans who lined up behind Trump are just the latest contractors he has stiffed

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Why Friedrich Nietzsche Is the Darling of the Far Left and the Far Right

In our new political landscape, radicals on all sides find something to like in the German philosopher

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Trump Staffer Omarosa Manigault Boasts of Friendship With Notorious Anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan

The president’s outreach director extends invitation to a man who claims Jews were behind 9/11 and the slave trade

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Can Jonathan Greenblatt Fill Abe Foxman’s Shoes at the ADL—and Does He Want To?

The new leader of the storied civil-rights defense group tries to navigate Trump, the alt-right, Obama’s legacy, rising anti-Semitism, Israel, and the long shadow of his predecessor

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Why Everything You Think You Know About Foreign Policy Is Wrong

How Gladwellian Internet ‘hot takes’ fueled the new echo-chamber press that enabled Obama’s foreign policy—and still rules Washington

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Brand Management

Episode 87: Danya Shults on giving Jewish life a facelift with her new start-up, and Michael Knowles on his Trump-endorsed gag book

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Gorka

The campaign against Trump’s adviser teaches us why we should never, ever flatten our history to score cheap political points

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How Anne Frank Was Astro-Turfed

A defender of civil rights gets roped into a partisan attack on a public servant

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Everything You’ve Been Told About Whether the Iran Deal is Working is Probably Wrong

Trump never promised to tear it up, Obama never claimed it would halt non-nuclear Iranian aggression, and Netanyahu never said Iran would cheat before it obtained full sanctions relief

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Shooting at Monsters

Making sense of who did—and did not—support President Trump’s airstrikes against Syria, including John Kerry

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Obama’s Ghosts

An accounting of the Democrats’ legacy in the Middle East, and where they can go from here

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The Ukrainian MP Who Leaked Paul Manafort’s Secrets Speaks to Tablet

Serhiy Leshchenko publicized documents allegedly revealing an effort by Trump’s former campaign manager to cover up payments he received from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine

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The Second Plague

Happy Passover

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Breaking Manafort Scandals Reveal the Rot at the Heart of the Trump Campaign; Russia Wins

Rival Ukrainian government factions also have their reasons for dropping dirt on the former campaign manager and consultant to the underbelly of world governance

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Russian Manipulations, Past and Present

Do Russians historically prefer Republicans to win over Democrats?

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