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The BafflerFebruary 17, 2017
Happy Day of Facts! / Twitter
Happy Day of Facts! / Twitter

Did you know that today is the Day of Facts? Museums and libraries around the country are tweeting furiously in support of their favorite commodity, knowledge.

Today in plutocrats: It’s not their fault, says science.

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The BafflerFebruary 13, 2017
Max Kiesler
Max Kiesler

“Gerrymandering, in a word, is why American democracy is broken,” claims The Washington Post, echoing David Daley, in his Q&A with Baffler associate editor Dave Denison. “Eight of the ten most gerrymandered districts in the United States were drawn by Republicans.”

Polls suggest the American electorate is experiencing buyers’ remorse.

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The BafflerFebruary 10, 2017
David Goodner coordinates a leadership team of rank and file workers and everyday people during a "Fight For A Fair Economy: Make Wall Street Pay" action outside of Wells Fargo in Iowa City. / Photo courtesy of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
David Goodner coordinates a leadership team of rank and file workers and everyday people during a "Fight For A Fair Economy: Make Wall Street Pay" action outside of Wells Fargo in Iowa City. / Photo courtesy of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

“Society is creating a new crop of alpha women who are unable to love,” warns Fox News. Authoritarian wives everywhere are forgetting which side their bread is buttered on, apparently. As concerned as we are about this development, we’ll stick with the slightly more complicated dialectic of love and authority proposed by Christopher Lasch, and in Issue no.

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The BafflerFebruary 06, 2017
A general strike in Spain. / #29m Arenal street
A general strike in Spain. / #29m Arenal street

Mike Pence plans to cast a tie-breaking vote to aid the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. As Jennifer Berkshire wrote after her journey to the heart of DeVos-land, the “DeVosian vision of school reform is the anti–New Deal offensive launched by the free-market reactionaries of the American Liberty League, retooled for schools and delivered with evangelical zeal.”

Calls for a general strike have been many; would one be possible yet?

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The BafflerFebruary 03, 2017
The terrifying world of Bowling Green. / Faith Goble
The terrifying world of Bowling Green. / Faith Goble

Where were you when the tragic Bowling Green Massacre happened? We can’t remember, but we do know, at least, that Kellyanne Conway was wandering around confusedly in a world of “alternative facts,” most likely nowhere near Kentucky. If it isn’t clear yet, the Trump administration is now making up terrorist attacks to support its noxious anti-immigration agenda.

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The BafflerJanuary 25, 2017
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As Democrats roll over and sign off on Trump’s atrocious cabinet appointees, Donald Trump is pressing forward on his campaign promises. Today, his riotous personal Twitter account informed us, is a “big day” for national security.

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The BafflerJanuary 23, 2017
Wendy Harman
Wendy Harman

Harrisburg “mayor for life” Stephen Reed has pleaded guilty to stealing city artifacts. David Gambacorta followed the case for his Baffler no. 33 report, and he’ll be on call on the Baffler Twitter account tomorrow to answer your burning questions about this bizarro story.

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The BafflerJanuary 20, 2017
To cheer you up, a picture of National Women's Liberation, one of the organizations chronicled in Sarah Jaffe's new interview series. / Photo courtesy of Erin Mahoney.
To cheer you up, a picture of National Women's Liberation, one of the organizations chronicled in Sarah Jaffe's new interview series. / Photo courtesy of Erin Mahoney.

Today in presidential aesthetics: commentators weigh in on Trump’s selection of (two!) bibles for his swearing-in and an oil painting takes aim at Obama in a bizarre echo of Trump’s promise that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer”—a fitting gift from the likes of Sean Hannity.

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The BafflerJanuary 19, 2017
Washington, D.C., readies itself for inauguration. / Geoff Livingston
Washington, D.C., readies itself for inauguration. / Geoff Livingston

Betsy DeVos’s hearing was fraught with controversy and moments of complete idiocynot to mention a brief discussion about bears. The billionaire and education “philanthropist” proved to be incapable of answering basic policy questions, all the while demonstrating little-to-no knowledge of basic educational terms.

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The BafflerJanuary 17, 2017
Message from your parents. / Denis Bocquet
Message from your parents. / Denis Bocquet

Amid mounting pressure on Obama to pardon whistleblowers Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden this week (update: Manning will be freed in May!) it’s worth revisiting Astra Taylor’s salvo on presidential pardons, and their shady, unofficial counterparts.

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The BafflerJanuary 11, 2017
Just two friends. / DonkeyHotey
Just two friends. / DonkeyHotey

When it comes to election 2016, you could say, “when it rains, it pours.” And “pour” it did last night after BuzzFeed dropped a 35-page dossier on what kompromat (compromising material) the Russians allegedly have on Trump.

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The BafflerJanuary 09, 2017
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glasseyes view

Longtime Baffler hand Siddhartha Deb has a books column in 2017! In his first piece, today, he remembers John Berger, and his “principled opposition to the contemporary idea of the writer as entrepreneur.”

“There have always been crazy movements (remember Lyndon LaRouche?) that lived and breathed fake news,” writes contributing editor Evgeny Morozov, over at The Guardian.