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Why Tech Workers Need a Union: a Q&A with the CWA’s Emma Kinema

Why Tech Workers Need a Union: a Q&A with the CWA’s Emma Kinema

Workers at Riot Games stage a walkout. Photo: Dania Maxwell/LA Times via Getty Images Earlier this month, the Communication Workers of America launched a new initiative: the Campaign to Organize Digital Employees, or CODE-CWA, an organizing effort focused on workers in the tech and video-game industries. It’s among the highest-profile such efforts in these industries,…
The Super Bowl Showed That the NFL Is Back on Top

The Super Bowl Showed That the NFL Is Back on Top

The spirit of the evening. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images The Super Bowl began with a compulsively likable kid running onto the field, trailed by 29 other adorable children, and celebrating at midfield like any of us would do if we had 70,000 people screaming for us and more than 100 million watching at home. The…
Democrats Should Let McConnell Block Evidence, Then Keep Investigating Trump

Democrats Should Let McConnell Block Evidence, Then Keep Investigating Trump

Mitch McConnell Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images The impeachment trial’s strategic purpose has narrowed into an obsessive quest to produce evidence. Democrats have defined victory not as removal, but as winning a procedural vote to allow more testimony, especially by John Bolton. The House managers have designed their arguments not to reinforce Trump’s guilt…
Why the Iowa Caucuses Are Biased Against Your Candidate

Why the Iowa Caucuses Are Biased Against Your Candidate

Ad will collapse in seconds… This is not what democracy looks like. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images The tradition of all-dead primary campaigns weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. Namely, the tradition of the Iowa caucuses. If corn country’s quadrennial contest did not exist, no one would dare to invent it. Imagine…
Donald Trump’s Campaign Against Reality in Iowa

Donald Trump’s Campaign Against Reality in Iowa

President Trump in Des Moines, Iowa, on Thursday. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Even though Donald Trump’s victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses on Monday is a forgone conclusion, the president’s campaign is moving forward with so much organizational manpower and theatrics in the state that you’d be forgiven for thinking Bill Weld or Joe Walsh,…
Michael Avenatti’s Lonely Fall

Michael Avenatti’s Lonely Fall

The disgraced lawyer wanted to be a legal celebrity. Now he’s not even the most famous defendant on the block. Attorney Michael Avenatti. Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP/Shutterstock Attorney Michael Avenatti. Photo: Mary Altaffer/AP/Shutterstock Over the last year or so, the swift and not particularly surprising fall of lawyer Michael Avenatti has descended through the circles of…
Why Bernie Might Declare Victory in Iowa Even If He Loses

Why Bernie Might Declare Victory in Iowa Even If He Loses

Bernie Sanders campaigning in Iowa in late January. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images There are plenty of reasons for the leading Democratic presidential campaigns to be on edge two days out from Iowa’s caucuses. For one, it’s an airtight race between four front-runners and a fifth candidate with (some measure of) momentum, and an uncertain impeachment…
Brexit Is Finally Happening on Friday, But the Drama Is Far From Over

Brexit Is Finally Happening on Friday, But the Drama Is Far From Over

Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images Three and a half years after U.K. voters narrowly approved a referendum to quit the European Union, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal cleared its last parliamentary hurdles last week and received royal assent from the Queen to become law. The U.K. is set to leave the bloc at…
Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could All Be Over

Trump’s Impeachment Trial Could All Be Over

Photo: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images After one bombshell whistle-blower report, hearings before two committees of the House of the Representatives, six days of oral arguments in the United States Senate, and 180 questions read aloud by Chief Justice John Roberts, the impeachment saga is all but over. In a late-night statement shared on Twitter, retiring…
Elizabeth Warren’s Sprint to Make up for Lost Time in Iowa

Elizabeth Warren’s Sprint to Make up for Lost Time in Iowa

Elizabeth Warren addresses the crowd at a campaign event at Iowa State University’s Memorial Union on Sunday in Ames, Iowa. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Locked in Washington for almost all of last week, Elizabeth Warren waited for an opening in the impeachment schedule long enough for a flight back to Iowa. When it didn’t come…
What We Learned on Day Nine of the Trump Impeachment Trial

What We Learned on Day Nine of the Trump Impeachment Trial

Lamar Alexander kept quiet until the very end, but then dropped a hammer on the effort to hear witnesses, Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images During the second and final day of senatorial questions for the contending lawyers in the Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump, we heard a combination of now-familiar talking points and a steadily…
How Do the Iowa Caucuses Work?

How Do the Iowa Caucuses Work?

Ad will collapse in seconds… Iowa’s quadrennial ritual recurs tonight. Photo: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images For a brief but intense moment, all eyes in the political universe will be focused on Iowa tonight, and its First-in-the-Nation Caucuses. For the uninitiated, the process utilized by Iowa to place its blessing on a few candidates and its winnowing…
25 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Patagonia to Marc Jacobs

25 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Patagonia to Marc Jacobs

Photo: Courtesy of the retailers In this, our weekly deep dive into the internet’s collective sales bins, we found some collectible Marc Jacobs, a Missoni-esque bath towel, some extremely reasonably priced Levi’s jeans, and a very good Valentine’s Day gift. Madewell Skinny Overalls in Groveland Wash If you’ve been considering dipping a toe into the…
9 Products That Delighted Us Last Week: From Security Cameras to On-Sale Cashmere

9 Products That Delighted Us Last Week: From Security Cameras to On-Sale Cashmere

Photo: Courtesy of the retailers We write about hundreds of products a week. Here, in our version of the Sunday circular, we’ve plucked out some of our favorites — expert-recommended essentials, life-changing stuff you didn’t know you needed, newly-launched gizmos, and the very good deals we uncovered while trolling through the vast online-shopping universe this past week. Wyze Cam Pan 1080p…
Why Pete Buttigieg Desperately Wants Iowans to See Him as an Outsider

Why Pete Buttigieg Desperately Wants Iowans to See Him as an Outsider

Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images Pete Buttigieg’s campaign has never been an especially subtle endeavor, by design, but the former mayor has excised any remaining understatement in the final days before the Iowa caucuses. He is tired of “the chaos” and “the tweets,” he invariably tells crowds. “I live and breathe politics and I’m…
A Le Creuset Dutch Oven Is Worth Every Penny

A Le Creuset Dutch Oven Is Worth Every Penny

Affordable luxuries, seemingly built for Instagram. Photo: Boris Roessler/Picture Alliance via Getty Image Amanda Mull writes for The Atlantic about Le Creuset Dutch ovens (and also Kitchen Aid stand mixers) as iconic millennial totems of adulthood. They are affordable luxuries, seemingly built for Instagram, that demonstrate a mature and wholesome interest in cooking and entertaining.…
What Are the Best Jeans for Women?

What Are the Best Jeans for Women?

Photo: Mirrorpix/Getty Images Jeans always seem to be too long, too short, somehow simultaneously gaping at the waist and unable to fit over hips — it often feels like you’re supposed to make yourself fit them, as opposed to the other way round. And yet, they always look so effortless and cool on a certain…
What the Hell Is Vexit?

What the Hell Is Vexit?

West Virginia governor Jim Johnson. Photo: Chris Jackson/AP/Shutterstock In a partnership that befits our deeply stupid time, Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia has teamed up with Jerry Falwell Jr., Liberty University president and Florida hotelier, to advance a new project. Both men have come out in support of Vexit, an effort to expand the…
Every Plan to Fix Penn Station, Ranked

Every Plan to Fix Penn Station, Ranked

The “new” Penn Station, as it looked at its debut in 1968. Photo: Lehnartz/ullstein bild via Getty Images Penn Station’s current woes would have surprised transportation experts in the 1960s, when the old one was razed. At that time, rail looked like a dying technology. Ridership had dwindled, and Penn Central Railroad was running out…
The Big Question in Iowa: Who Will Show Up on Caucus Night?

The Big Question in Iowa: Who Will Show Up on Caucus Night?

The Iowa caucuses turnout in 2008 shocked everyone and lifted Obama to victory. Photo: RJ Sangosti/Denver Post via Getty Images As the first voting event of the 2016 Democratic presidential nominating process grows nigh, polls from Iowa are pouring in, but they reflect a fundamental difference of opinion in the standing of two late-septuagenarian men.…
What We Learned on Day Eight of the Trump Impeachment Trial

What We Learned on Day Eight of the Trump Impeachment Trial

John Roberts got to speak for the senators with questions for the lawyers. Photo: AP Day eight of the impeachment trial offered, quite literally, a change of pace. The previous six days (after a day of fights over the rules) featured uninterrupted arguments from the House managers and the presidents’ attorneys. What may turn out…
Where’s Hunter Biden? Probably Not Coming to the Senate Trial

Where’s Hunter Biden? Probably Not Coming to the Senate Trial

Photo: Paul Morigi/Getty Images The specter of Hunter Biden, the ne’er-do-well son of Joe Biden, has haunted the impeachment trial since its beginning. His unseemly connections to a Ukrainian natural gas company prompted Trump’s now-infamous alleged quid pro quo in the first place. But as the Senate trial of Donald Trump has progressed, the possibility of…

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