King Charles Palace Intrigue ‘Like a Trick from the Middle Ages’

Shenanigans at court A senior courtier bypassed official procedures while King Charles III was recovering from cancer treatment to get his candidate appointed to a senior role, the Mail on Sunday has claimed. The appointment is now being reversed, the paper says, after the intrigue was compared to the goings-on at a medieval court. Garter […]

There’s Never Been Anyone More Relatable Than Bigfoot

I’d understand if you labeled Sasquatch Sunset a farce. The new film from brothers David and Nathan Zellner, now playing in selected cities, follows an isolated Sasquatch family—a patriarch (Nathan Zellner), his beleaguered mate (Riley Keough), and their offspring, played by Jesse Eisenberg and Christophe Zajac-Denek. The family is objectively beastly; they communicate in grunts, […]

‘Civil War’ and the Dangerous Myth of ‘Unbiased’ Journalism

Alex Garland’s Civil War presents an almost unrecognizable nightmare vision of America. Our president is a fascist going on his third term. California and Texas have somehow found enough common ground to secede as allies. And, as all of this unfolds, the fictional journalists at the center of the film remain largely unfazed by the […]

Trump’s Manhattan Trial Is About a Lot More Than Hush Money

In April 2023, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg announced that his office had charged Trump with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree. The case is historic. It is the first ever prosecution of an American president (current or former), and one of the most important trials of alleged election wrongdoing […]

The Family Fortune Behind Elise Stefanik’s Humble Origins Myth

From the start of her electoral career a decade ago, House GOP Conference Chair—and potential 2024 vice presidential nominee—Elise Stefanik has stressed her supposedly rough-cut origins, telling a story in which she saw firsthand the struggles of a scrappy family plywood business. In a friendly Wall Street Journal profile in 2021, an opinion columnist for […]

Caitlin Clark Crashes SNL to Shame Michael Che for Hating on Women’s Sports

Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che has a history of using jokes to diminish women’s sports, and this week was no different. During Saturday’s “Weekend Update,” Che shared that “The University of Iowa announced that basketball star Caitlin Clark will have her jersey retired—and replaced with an apron.” The joke elicited plenty of groans—followed by some […]

The Dirty Little Gun Secret Behind MAGA World’s Migrant Hysteria

Listen to this full episode of The New Abnormal on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon and Stitcher. For all of Donald Trump’s incessant fear-mongering about migrants fueling crime in the United States, he has yet to ask one very important question: What is driving the violence that is making so many on the other side of […]

U.S. Must Pull Out All the Stops to Avoid Regional War After Iran Attacks Israel

Iran launched an attack on Israel Saturday that was apparently designed by Iran to be both dramatic and ineffective. It was dramatic, because in the long decades of enmity between the two countries, Iran had never directly launched an attack from Iran against targets in Israel. But it was also deliberately ineffective, employing tactics and […]

Lucy Boynton, Justin H. Min Talk Unique Musical Time-Travel Film

There are few distinctly human biological experiences more frustrating than wanting to cry but being unable to make the tears flow. We can feel the sadness in the core of our being, and our minds are trapped in the dense, impenetrable fog of our feelings, tumbling around our brains like a sneaker in the dryer. […]