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How I Became the Muslim Punching Bag for the U.K.’s Racist Far Right

There’s a popular right-wing trope online about the U.K., which alleges that the police spend more time investigating tweets than they do knife crime. In…

Meet the Teens Who Brought Mike Gravel, America’s Grumpiest Old Leftist, Out of Retirement

The field of Democrats aiming to challenge Donald Trump for the presidency in 2020 is already a who’s who of “who the fuck is that?”…

On Reddit’s ‘Am I the Asshole,’ Awkward Jerks Like Me Find a Path to Redemption

I constantly worry that I’m being an asshole. Just a few hours ago, I saw someone I know pretty well in the grocery store, but…

How ‘Ireland Simpsons Fans’ Saved the Soul of Their Favorite Show

I’ve spent decades obsessively watching The Simpsons, and I’ve lost count of the pieces I’ve written on it. Just in my time at MEL, I’ve…