In this issue:
"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?