Why the Right Loves to Hate George Soros

Perhaps the easiest way to understand the right’s 15-year preoccupation with George Soros is that our ever-heightening polarization requires a billionaire cartoon villain to hover malevolently over Team Bad. Did the U.S. president really just accuse Soros of paying for anti-Brett Kavanaugh protesters? You bet. Just like a U.S. president’s key adviser in 2010 accused …

Venom Is the Strangest Romantic Comedy of the Year

It takes a frustratingly long time for the title character of Venom to speak. The first 45 minutes of Ruben Fleischer’s film tell a straightforward superhero origin story (despite the poster’s angry proclamation that “the world has enough superheroes”). Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is an investigative journalist in San Francisco asking probing questions about the …

Letters: 'We Don't Need a Misogynist on the Supreme Court. We Have One in the

Brett Kavanaugh and the Revealing Logic of ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ One defense of the Supreme Court nominee against sexual-assault allegations, Megan Garber wrote last week, has been the notion that the cruelties Christine Blasey Ford described are “simply part of the natural order of things.” The subtext of the vigorous dismissal of this woman’s …

The Seven Most Striking Moments From the Kavanaugh Hearing

During Thursday’s highly anticipated hearing on sexual-misconduct allegations against the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school, told lawmakers that she decided to testify because she felt it was her “civic duty.” In an emotional testimony, Ford …

Why This Weird Frog Should Care About Brett Kavanaugh

The battle over Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination engulfed the country this week, as politicians and the press mulled and bickered over allegations of sexual misbehavior and attempted rape against the federal judge. Yet one of the individuals whose life might soon be transformed by the would-be justice spent the week blissfully ignorant of the …