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Summary

In this issue:

COMMENT
"The Silent Majority" by Amy Davidson Sorkin: Jeff Flake and the G.O.P.'s complicity problem.

DEPT. OF SPECULATION
"Fantastic Beasts and How to Rank Them" by Kathryn Schulz: The relative plausibility of impossible beings tells you a lot about how the mind works.

ANNALS OF SCIENCE
"The Exercise Pill" by Nicola Twilley: A drug to give you a workout's benefits without the sweat.

LETTER FROM SYRIA
"Dark Victory" by Luke Mogelson: Kurdish revolutionaries helped the U.S. expel ISIS from Raqqa. Will we soon abandon them?

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