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Neil J. Young

Contributing Writer

Neil J. Young is a historian and the author of We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics. He writes frequently on American politics, culture, and religion for publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, HuffPost, Vox, and Politico. He co-hosts the history podcast Past Present.

When Pride is filibustered
A great divide.
Opinion

When Pride is filibustered

The GOP's laboratory of anti-democracy
An elephant.
Opinion

The GOP's laboratory of anti-democracy

Caitlyn Jenner has no chance
Caitlyn Jenner.
Opinion

Caitlyn Jenner has no chance

The Republican surrender to gun violence
An elephant.
Opinion

The Republican surrender to gun violence

Rush Limbaugh taught Republicans to rage
Rush Limbaugh.
Opinion

Rush Limbaugh taught Republicans to rage

The inauguration's sad symbolism
The Capitol building.
Opinion

The inauguration's sad symbolism

Republican inaction speaks louder than words
President Trump.
Opinion

Republican inaction speaks louder than words

The Reagans shows the roots of America's individualism problem
The Reagans.
Opinion

The Reagans shows the roots of America's individualism problem

Trump's most dangerous ideas always start as 'jokes'
President Trump and Mike Pompeo.
Opinion

Trump's most dangerous ideas always start as 'jokes'

The double-edged sword of Pope Francis' same-sex union comments
Pope Francis.
Opinion

The double-edged sword of Pope Francis' same-sex union comments

Kamala Harris should make Mike Pence debate Christian values
Mike Pence and Kamala Harris.
Opinion

Kamala Harris should make Mike Pence debate Christian values

Republicans are desperately trying to change the subject
Stained glass and the Supreme Court.
Opinion

Republicans are desperately trying to change the subject

The elephant in the room at the DNC
Former Vice President Joe Biden and former Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Opinion

The elephant in the room at the DNC

Trump unmasked
President Trump.
Feature

Trump unmasked

There's always a bigger scandal
President Trump.
Opinion

There's always a bigger scandal

Trump's contradictory immigration order
President Trump.
Opinion

Trump's contradictory immigration order

Trump's obsession with hydroxychloroquine is an encapsulation of his presidency
President Trump.
Feature

Trump's obsession with hydroxychloroquine is an encapsulation of his presidency

Trump's message to blue states battling coronavirus: Drop dead
President Trump and Andrew Cuomo.
Opinion

Trump's message to blue states battling coronavirus: Drop dead

The hope and sadness of watching Pete
Pete Buttigieg.
Opinion

The hope and sadness of watching Pete

Do Bernie Sanders' opponents know he's winning?
Bernie Sanders.
Opinion

Do Bernie Sanders' opponents know he's winning?

Pete Buttigieg's remarkable run
Pete Buttigieg.
Opinion

Pete Buttigieg's remarkable run

Impeachment trial is damning indictment of so-called moderate Republicans
Susan Collins.
Opinion

Impeachment trial is damning indictment of so-called moderate Republicans

The GOP rolls over for Trump on Iran
President Trump and Lindsey Graham.
Opinion

The GOP rolls over for Trump on Iran

The evangelical resistance?
The Capitol building.
Opinion

The evangelical resistance?

William Barr is Trump's real personal attorney
President Trump and Bill Barr.
Opinion

William Barr is Trump's real personal attorney

God's gift to America?
President Trump.
Feature

God's gift to America?

Billionaires have opinions. But why do we care?
A billionaire.
Opinion

Billionaires have opinions. But why do we care?

Democrats are in danger of losing the impeachment spin battle
Nancy Pelosi.
Opinion

Democrats are in danger of losing the impeachment spin battle

When the media protects the powerful
Harvey Weinstein.
Analysis

When the media protects the powerful

Why banning Trump from Twitter won't solve anything
President Trump and Kamala Harris.
Opinion

Why banning Trump from Twitter won't solve anything

Impeachment isn't meant to win votes
Nancy Pelosi.
Opinion

Impeachment isn't meant to win votes

Shane Gillis and the problem of 'pushing boundaries'
Shane Gillis.
Opinion

Shane Gillis and the problem of 'pushing boundaries'

Lackey in chief
Mike Pence and President Trump.
Opinion

Lackey in chief

Sean Spicer's Hollywood rehabilitation
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer with a rose in his mouth.
Opinion

Sean Spicer's Hollywood rehabilitation

Why do evangelicals oppose gun control?
A cross.
Opinion

Why do evangelicals oppose gun control?

Big Brother's persistent problem with racism
A television.
Opinion

Big Brother's persistent problem with racism