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  • How the Media Became the Pentagon’s Plumbers

    How the Media Became the Pentagon’s Plumbers1

    Last month New York Times international correspondent David Philipps offered a mea culpa. “I just deleted a tweet that lacked nuance,” the two-time Pulitzer Prize winner wrote. Philipps, who in 2022 received the top award in journalism for his reporting on previously undisclosed US military strikes that killed thousands of civilians in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan, was

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  • Why Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Mother Refused to Send Her Children to Germany’s Public Schools

    Why Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Mother Refused to Send Her Children to Germany’s Public Schools12

    I know very little about Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), the German theologian who was hanged in April 1945 by the Nazis for spying on and opposing Hitler’s regime. Embarrassingly little, actually. So when I recently saw at a bookstore Eric Metaxas’ biography of the Christian martyr—Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Spy—I decided it was time to learn more

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  • California Ranks Dead Last Among US States in Tipping. Why?

    California Ranks Dead Last Among US States in Tipping. Why?7

    “I’m going to have to ask you to put your cigarette out.” I was a college student working as a waiter at a Wisconsin restaurant more than twenty years ago when I sheepishly said these words. I didn’t like saying them, and was frustrated I had to. The guest, who was sitting with his date

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  • Why the Left Can’t Understand the Right (and Vice Versa)

    Why the Left Can’t Understand the Right (and Vice Versa)1

    It’s probably important to preface any conversation on morality by noting that humans often struggle—mightily—to agree on what morality is. While it’s a thorny topic to define and explain, it would of course be foolish to avoid the pursuit of moral truths for this reason. Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia who

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