Philip Bump

09/10/2016 - 8:00pm

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is very popular in Russia. Polling from the Levada Center puts him at an 82 percent approval rating as of last month. He hasn't been beneath 60 percent since he rose to national attention in 1999.

    Putin's recent low point was in early 2014. What turned it...

09/01/2016 - 4:00pm

    The death of Nykea Aldridge on Friday afternoon is a death of the sort that's become sadly familiar in Chicago this summer. A young mother fatally shot on the street - this time accidentally, after hundreds of others that were intentional. What made Aldridge's...

04/02/2016 - 3:00pm

    Donald Trump did not at any point actually think that he was in physical danger when Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields approached him after a victory speech in Florida earlier this month. Fields, carrying a phone in one hand to record Trump and a pen in the other to...

03/24/2016 - 9:00pm

    I don't have hard numbers, but I would estimate that greater than 90 percent of dogs in the United States don't have jobs. There are "working dogs" -- seeing-eye dogs and so on -- but like the Dalmatian on the fire engine, that's more a function...

03/10/2016 - 7:00am

    The crisis in Flint, Mich. -- site of Sunday night's Democratic debate -- was a crisis centered on the tragic combination of corrosive river water and outdated lead pipes in the city. When Hillary Clinton called for the debate in Flint -- to which Bernie Sanders...

01/18/2016 - 6:00pm

    I am a New Yorker in both of the senses of the descriptor. I was born in Rochester, on Lake Ontario in Western New York -- a Snow Belt city second only to Buffalo. (When I lived in California, I used to actually miss the stuff.) I now live in New York City as I have...

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