Category: News

Tiffany Cabán Upends Politics As Usual in Queens

At the Queens County Criminal Courts Building, arraignments take place in the basement, and, late on Tuesday afternoon, the usual scene was unfolding there. Officers whisked in one person after another to stand before the judge; all of them had been arrested within the past twenty-four hours, and all appeared dishevelled and exhausted. One older…

By JohnValbyNation June 27, 2019 0

The Evolution of N.B.A.-Draft Fashion

Last week, Zion Williamson, turning himself out for the occasion of his selection, by the New Orleans Pelicans, as the top pick in the N.B.A. draft, made an auspicious professional début as a man of style. On ESPN, which broadcast the draft-night rituals from the Barclays Center, the eighteen-year-old sparkled in white, like a bride,…

By JohnValbyNation June 27, 2019 0

What Should Democrats Do to Help Children at the Border?

On Tuesday, as the Trump Administration returned a hundred children to dangerously neglectful conditions at a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, and announced the resignation of the acting head of Customs and Border Protection, House Democrats prepared to vote for a four-and-a-half-billion-dollar humanitarian-aid package to help immigrants at the border. But supporting the aid…

By JohnValbyNation June 27, 2019 0

The Espionage Act and a Growing Threat to Press Freedom

The Justice Department’s recent indictment of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has alarmed press-freedom advocates, with even some of Assange’s fiercest critics warning that the government has crossed a perilous new frontier by using the Espionage Act to target a publisher. Another recent Espionage Act indictment has generated less controversy, presumably because its target…

By JohnValbyNation June 26, 2019 0

What Should Democrats Do to Help Children at the Border?

On Tuesday, as the Trump Administration returned a hundred children to dangerously neglectful conditions at a Border Patrol facility in Clint, Texas, and announced the resignation of the acting head of Customs and Border Protection, House Democrats prepared to vote for a four-and-a-half-billion-dollar humanitarian-aid package to help immigrants at the border. But supporting the aid…

By JohnValbyNation June 26, 2019 0

The Theory That Justified Anti-Gay Crime

In the bad old days, newspapers rarely mentioned gay men except in a certain kind of true-crime story. The first clue in the cases was often a body discovered in a hotel room. In 1920, the forty-seven-year-old scion of a New England piano-making family was found in New York’s Plymouth Hotel with “a fractured jaw…

By JohnValbyNation June 26, 2019 0