A first-hand account from one of the Australian debaters: Even then (20 years ago) it was clear that Ted was the guy most likely to be chief justice of the supreme court or president or something and was in a hurry to get there. No-one thought he was a dick. His best and worst feature was that he did tend towards… » 4/22/15 12:51pm Wednesday 12:51pm

Drew Magary Won Chopped Last Night And It’s A Goddamn National Disgrace

So imagine my surprise when I logged onto Deadspin last night and found that serial child abuser Drew Magary was participating on Chopped. That due to some combination of threatening the producers with a kitchen knife and Shibbolethian fecal rituals, he had managed to convince them that he knew how to cook a piece of… » 4/08/15 10:47am 4/08/15 10:47am

An Anonymous Cop Is Here to Answer All Your Questions About the Police

Police officers turn up a lot in Gawker stories, but unless they're a department commissioner giving a press conference or a union leader loudly berating a public official, it's rare that they actually have a voice. What does the average beat cop think about Darren Wilson or Daniel Pantaleo? What is he looking for… » 3/17/15 11:00am 3/17/15 11:00am

The Definitive Guide to Winning an Argument

Winning isn't everything, but it sure is nice. When you don't see eye to eye with someone, here are the best tricks for winning that argument. » 3/25/15 12:03pm 3/25/15 12:03pm

Yes, The Grammys Are Dumb, But It's Not Beck's Fault

So everyone's gonna argue about Beck for a few days, which is a mixed blessing for everyone, Beck included. And, look. He should not have won the Grammy for Album of the Year. I can think of at least nine reasons why. This is all mildly embarrassing, and yet inevitable, as we're talking about the Grammys, and the… » 2/10/15 11:10am 2/10/15 11:10am

North and South

The Northern white, having had little actual contact with the Negro, is devoted to an abstract principle of cordial interracial relations. The North has long considered, in a theoretical way, that it supported brotherhood and the equality of man, but the truth is that deep prejudices and discriminations exist in… » 1/19/15 12:37pm 1/19/15 12:37pm

Hey, Jason — Thanks for your note, and agreeing to air it on Politburo. I appreciate the spirit in which it was written. This is a tricky conversation to have, diversity politics and discourse policing being such delicate matters. But let's try. Lively and candid discussion is a precondition for progress. So here goes. » 1/15/15 9:09am 1/15/15 9:09am