The Wolf at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The Wolf at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

FULL disclosure: I have never been to a White House Correspondents’ Dinner; I will never go to a White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The American political press already has a bias toward reverence and access preservation; journalists yukking it up with powerful people whom they are supposed to cover impartially is unseemly. Partly for this reason,…

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Breaking out of the jailhouse drama genre

Breaking out of the jailhouse drama genre

“IF YOU could give your life a title, what would it be and why?” It is a seemingly innocuous question, one a person might ask to break the ice with a new classmate or prospective love interest. In “It’s a Hard Truth Ain’t It”, Madeleine Sackler’s new documentary, which follows the progress of a prison…

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Regulating the tech titans

Regulating the tech titans

“Any sufficiently advanced technology,” the late Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote in 1962, “is indistinguishable from magic.”  That’s certainly true of many of the most remarkable innovations of the digital revolution, especially of the last decade.  Smartphones, autonomous vehicles, global wireless networks, artificial intelligence—these and other disruptions have moved from the realm of science fiction…

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What Brexit means for the Irish border

What Brexit means for the Irish border

IN THE Brexit referendum of 2016, 56% of people in Northern Ireland voted to remain in the European Union. Nonetheless, the region will leave along with the rest of the United Kingdom on March 29th next year. The Republic of Ireland, of course, will continue to be a member of the club. This means that…

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