Unfortunately, this should come as no surprise. The Senate did take up immigration, and the Democrats went further than I would have wanted, even offering money for Trump’s ludicrous border wall in exchange for legal status for the Dreamers. But that compromise failed because the White House also demanded huge cuts in legal immigration as a condition of any deal. That absurd demand was enough to destroy any possibility of a bargain. As Chris Hayes put it: 1) The President… Read more

[I’m away on a mini-vacation for Presidents’ Day weekend. Regular posting will resume later this week. In the meantime, please enjoy this classic post from July 2012. —Adam] When it comes to debating the merits of religion, we atheists have an unfair advantage. Lately, almost every day when I go to work, there are Jehovah’s Witnesses in the subway station. I see them in the morning and the evening, two or three of them sitting on folding chairs in the… Read more

Rand’s men don’t have to understand what makes people tick, but her women do. Read more

The Satanic Temple has done it again, turning one of the religious right’s best weapons against them. Read more

This seems like a small, symbolic protest, but sometimes that’s just what it takes to undermine an authoritarian regime. Read more

It’s been a while since we heard from First Aid Kit, but they’re back with a new album, Ruins. For two sisters from Sweden, they seem to have a real affection for American folk and country styles. Some of these songs will make you intensely sad, but in the good way: Read more

This scene only makes sense if Rand views sex not as a gesture of love or tenderness, but an act of contempt and sadism. Read more

To promote my new book, Meta: On God, the Big Questions, and the Just City, my co-author Andrew Murtagh and I are traveling across North America this spring and summer to put on some public events. If you live near one of them, come out and see us! First: Andrew and I will be appearing at a double-header event at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6, 2018. One night’s conversation will… Read more

Freedom is costly, but it’s getting harder and harder for the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community to shut the world out. Read more

All of Rand’s characters can be categorized based on physical appearance, and one of her villains figures this out. Read more

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