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Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015

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Donald Trump Is the Favorite to Win the Republican Primary

5 hours, 19 minutes ago

The hopeful case for Republicans concerned about Donald Trump’s persistent lead goes something like this: At this point in the last Republican primary, Rick Perry was p
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More Homework Won't Make American Students Smarter

8 hours, 2 minutes ago

Reformers in the Progressive Era (from the 1890s to 1920s) depicted homework as a “sin” that deprived children of
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How Digital Media Unionization Can—and Can’t—Strengthen the Labor Movement

11 hours, 24 minutes ago

Journalists like writing about journalism, so the dimensions of the industry’s decline are no secret. Across the country, news organizations are contracting—as of last week, Bloom
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Against Musicians' Biographies

22 hours, 24 minutes ago

"Water Boy” was already an old song when the folksinger Odetta performed her version of it at Carnegie Hall in 1960. Originating with African American convicts in Jim Crow Georgia, or so the story goes, the song’s lyrics give voice to parched laborers as they call for water and defend the value
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Is Obama's Alaska Trip His "Mission Accomplished" Moment on Climate Change?

1 day, 4 hours ago

President Barack Obama's historic Alaska trip this week, part of his ongoing efforts to highlight the devastating effects of climate change, will take him further north than any sitting president has traveled before. While there, he will speak at a
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The "Injustice Collectors": How to Understand Vester Flanagan’s Grievance-Filled Manifesto

1 day, 6 hours ago

Vester Flanagan was determined to explain himself. After murdering two TV journalists (and former coworkers) during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, he faxed three different suicid
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Sex Work Should Be Decriminalized in America

1 day, 6 hours ago

Making sense of why federal authorities shut down the gay-escort website Rentboy.com on Tuesday has proven a difficult task, judging from the reactions in the media
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Here’s How We Can Reverse Wage Stagnation

1 day, 7 hours ago

As Labor Day approaches, we are likely to hear from a growing chorus of political, religious, academic, labor and business leaders who agree “America needs a raise” to reverse
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Silent Reading Doesn't Exist

1 day, 11 hours ago

Just as Laurence Sterne’s white page invites the reader to pause, to take refuge from the narrator’s words in what might seem an eddy of silence, doesn’t every space on a page of writing offer an exit, or even an escape, from the author’s voice? But we do not seek refuge in silence when we s
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The Rehabilitationists

1 day, 22 hours ago

In November 2013, a who’s who of America’s conservative legal establishment descended on the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., for an annual meeting of the Federalist Society, the most influential conservative legal organization in the country. Current presidential candidates Scott Walker and
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The New Republic in the Lochner Era

2 days, 10 hours ago

Debates about the proper role of the judiciary dominated the Lochner era. Was the Supreme Court using its powers properly? Did its decisions reflect any real Constitutional principles?It was taken for granted that the Supreme Court cast a skeptical eye on regulation of business
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Why Is Donald Trump Winning Over Evangelical Voters?

4 days, 3 hours ago

As Donald Trump has enjoyed an astonishing lead in a packed Republican primary field, a vexing question has gone unanswered: Why are evangelicals, those most desired of conservative voters, fond of Trump? There isn’t a single Republican in the mix who isn’t openly courting the evangelical vote.
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The Flooding of America

4 days, 3 hours ago

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Republicans Come to Terms with Their Worst Trump Nightmare

4 days, 5 hours ago

The tenor of Republican Party rhetoric has darkened. Until recently, most Republican candidates and strategists regarded Donald Trump’s presidential campaign as something ephemeral—
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Gun Control Advocates Make Slow Progress—Just Not in Washington

4 days, 5 hours ago

The response to the fatal shootings of two journalists in Virginia feels depressingly familiar: the same calls from Democrats to ramp up gun control; the same calls from Republicans to blame mental illness; the same Onio
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Elisabeth Moss’s New Film Explores the Psycho-Horror of Female Friendship

4 days, 5 hours ago

There’s a long tradition in cinema of women who keep their friends so close that they begin switch places with one another. Take for instance the 1951 drama All About Eve: the wannabe actress, Eve Harrington (played by Anne Baxter) befriends “superstar” Margo Channing (Bette Davis), o
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Who Put Me in the Ashley Madison Database?

4 days, 7 hours ago

A few days ago I received an email with the subject line “Urgent Lonely Blonde Request.” Urgent lonely blondes do not usually make requests of me, and they don’t usually make it through my spam filter. The blonde in question was a putative Vickie Greer, who explained in a couple of admirably c
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Why William Kristol Keeps Returning to Donald Trump

4 days, 8 hours ago

While many political pundits have been thrown into a tizzy by Donald Trump’s unexpectedly strong and robust popularity as a GOP candidate, none have been quite so addled as Weekly Standard editor William Kristol, who in the space of two months has gone from being Trump-curious, to being a
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Paid Leave This Week: What It's Like to Have Cancer and a Baby While Working at Amazon

4 days, 8 hours ago

Ex-Amazon employee says she was pushed out after returning from maternity leave and cancer treatment. In an essay on Medium, the company’s former editorial director 
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Liberals Are Wrong to Separate Race from Class

4 days, 11 hours ago

After shutting down a Bernie Sanders speech at a Seattle rally for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Black Lives Matter activist Marissa Johnson 
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The Griot of New Orleans

5 days ago

Terence Blanchard has just finished telling me about the fried oyster that made him cry when we turn onto Frenchmen Street in The Marigny, right next to the French Quarter. The street is a two-block stri
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A Majority of Gun Victims Know Their Assailant

5 days ago

The tragic deaths of WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward on Wednesday morning were unusual in only one respect: that the fatal shooting was broadcast on live TV and videotaped by the gunman.In every other way, the Virginia shooting was one of America's all-too-familiar acts of gun violence,
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The Mystery of Patrick Modiano

5 days, 1 hour ago

If repetition is a common trait among prolific novelists, it is a vice that, as the historian Michael Wood has written, applies to Patrick Modiano “more than most.” The criticism one often hears of the French novelist—
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Australia Reduced Mass Violence by Confiscating Guns. In the U.S., Police Sell Them Back to Citizens.

5 days, 4 hours ago

The on-camera shooting on Wednesday of two Virginia reporters has already reignited the debate over gun control in America. “I’m going to do something to shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns,” Andy Pa
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The Thai Government Is Whitewashing the Bangkok Bombing to Reassure Tourists

5 days, 7 hours ago

BANGKOK — Last Monday, my aunt called me at around 7 p.m. A careful and soft-spoken woman, her voice was filled with worry: “Turn on the TV. Huge explosion at Rajprasong. Might be a bomb.” As she spoke, I heard a wail of sirens stream downtown on the expressway near my house, followed by mor
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Joe Biden Can't Just Sell Himself as the Anti-Hillary

5 days, 8 hours ago

Why should Joe Biden run for president? For the Democratic Party, the political case for Biden seems fairly straightforward: He would be the liberal establishment candidate without Hillary Clinton's
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For Breitbart, It's Only a "Race Murder" If the Victims Are White

5 days, 23 hours ago

There are two ways the conservative website Breitbart covers murders with a racial component, and it depends on the skin color of the suspect and victim. When an admitted white supremacist massacres black churchgoers, Breitbart ignores race as a motivation in the shooting. When a black man kills two
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More People Should See Vester Flanagan Kill His Coworkers on Live TV

6 days ago

Sometime around noon on Wednesday, over five hours after Vester Flanagan gunned down his colleagues Alison Parker and Adam Ward on live television, and over three hours after he’d posted subjective camera footage of his own ambush, CNN decided to stop showing the video of the murders any longer.By
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Don't Circulate Videos of the TV News Killing in Virginia

6 days ago

Vester Flanagan seems to have been proud of the fact that he recorded his murder of television journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Virginia. "I filmed the shooting,” he
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This Man Is Not Vester Flanagan, and the Media Put His Life in Danger

6 days, 1 hour ago

On April 26, Sherman Lea Jr. tweeted a photo taken at Benny Marconi’s, a pizzeria in Roanoke, Virginia. He’s seated between two journalists from WDBJ, the city’s CBS affiliate: reporter Alison Parker and anchor Chris Hurst, who had recently
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How Common Are Workplace Murders in America?

6 days, 3 hours ago

Two television journalists were shot to death in Moneta, Virginia, during a li
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Is Your City Ready for the Next Katrina?

6 days, 7 hours ago

In the ten years since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has done more to guard itself from the ocean than any other city in the nation. Thanks to state and federal funds totaling $14.5 billion, the city now has 133 miles of levees, floodwalls, and gates that can now withstand a 100-year flood. Officia
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It’s Time to Tell the Stories of Women in Hip-Hop

6 days, 11 hours ago

“There have been other girls (in rap), Sandy “Pepa” Denton told the Los Angeles Daily News in 1987. “But we are the ones who will be remembered. Ther
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Amy Klobuchar Wrote the “Lean In” of Political Memoirs

1 week ago

This month, Sheryl Sandberg gave her stamp of approval to two memoirs written by female politicians: blurbing both Plenty Ladylike by Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and The Senator Next Door by Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. "Her story radiates with warmth, humor, and cand
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How Homeowners on the Jersey Shore Are Making Their Houses Hurricane-Ready

1 week ago

Three years ago, Hurricane Sandy landed on the Eastern Seaboard, sending seawaters surging, destroying homes and businesses, and leaving behind 8.7 million cubic yards of debris on the coast of New Jersey alone—an event more disfiguring to the Jersey Shore than anything contrived by Snooki and her
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Delete Yourself

1 week ago

If there’s one thing hackers hate, it’s reductive Hollywood portrayals of their profession. The characters in Mr. Robot, an anxiety-inducing techno-thriller airing on USA Network this summer, are no differe
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Paid Parental Leave Is Fueling Sweden's Start-Up Boom

1 week ago

Each week, Sweden’s national Twitter account allows a different Swede to take over tweeting and tell his or her story. Last week it was Louise Samet, a new mom and an employee of Swedish e-commerce giant Klarna. But 
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Ignore the Stock Market This Week

1 week ago

On Monday, the world’s stock markets continued to fall after suffering steep losses the previous we
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This Surreal Novel Captures the Weirdness of Modern Relationships

1 week ago

A common complaint about recent developments in dating is that there is now too much choice. In Nancy Jo Sales’s recent Vanity Fair article about Tinder, an investment banker named “Dan” compa
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Dunk Tank

1 week ago

Usually during the opening days of the Venice Biennale, the only liquid you get drenched in is prosecco. But before these collectors and opportunists could make it to the cocktail waiters inside the Fondazione Prada, the jetty gave way, dumping them into the Grand Canal like a bunch of Anabaptists.
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Regulatory Capture

1 week ago

For years I thought at leastthe poet took the timeto call me back. Must be a good, yes, good man.Calls his constituents.“Excuse me,” I said. I had to clear my throat.“In one of your poems,the speaker is an amputee who has to pay for sex.As an amputee myself,I was wondering if you–” He
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American Runner

1 week ago

I’ve come to this headless finchTangled in sunlight and kudzu vineAlong the Raritan, just off the riverGeneral Washington boated and prowledWith the teeth of former slaves in his headTo place my body in the wayOf something other than my death,But even Orpheus couldn’t manage this,The Maenads tos
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Donald Trump and Bill Clinton Have the Same Secret Weapon

1 week ago

Donald Trump is the Republican frontrunner for president, a fact that has befuddled just about everybody—except perhaps Trump himself—and spawned countless theories: He's leading because Americans are frustrated with
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Intersection Episode 3: It's Not Mother Nature Who's Racist

1 week ago

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Sorry, Millennials. You Will Never Stop Caring About What People Think of You.

1 week ago

In my neighborhood in Toronto, there’s an intimidatingly minimalist boutique that caters to a definitively grown-up, sophisticated demographic; I pass it maybe once a week or so, en route to other, less daunting destinations (the Japanese grocery store; the pricey but worth it croissants). Its mos
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Stock Photos of Black People Are Finally Moving Beyond Racist Stereotypes

1 week, 1 day ago

Like so many millennial ideas, Kenneth Wiggins’s innovation gained its momentum from social media. This April, the web designer and front-end developer posted a tweet to a now-deleted Instagram post to gauge interest in a
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How to Escape the Public Internet

1 week, 1 day ago

You’re familiar with the urge, I’m sure. Maybe you’re alone, or maybe with friends, or in a group of strangers—it doesn’t really matter where you are. Sometimes, you just have to share something online.  For years, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have been the most obvious places to do t
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Inside the Migrant "Jungle" in Northern France

1 week, 1 day ago

“When you travel out of Khartoum, you go with a smuggler," the 22-year-old Ethiopian man says. We are in Calais, France. "They put you in the back of a pickup truck. There are 30 people in the back. It’s a small space.
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Donald Trump Is Not a Populist. He's the Voice of Aggrieved Privilege.

1 week, 1 day ago

Baffled by Donald Trump’s popularity, some observers have sought to make sense of it with a familiar—and often misused—political label. “Trump is not really a Republican, he’s a populist,” historian Geoffrey Kabaservice
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The Politics of the Curation Craze

1 week, 1 day ago

Blogs are curated. So are holiday gift guides. So are cliques, play lists, and restaurant menus. “Curated,” a word that barely existed forty years ago, has somehow come to qualify everything in our lives. When I tried that glib parlor game of typing a word into Google to see how it would autocom
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The GOP's Crazy Birthright Citizenship Debate Could Have Real Consequences

1 week, 4 days ago

A droll Politico headline earlier this week nicely summed up the state of bemusement and incomprehension surrounding the Republican Party’s revived fixation with ending birthright citizenship.“Tru
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Obama's Climate Change Disclaimer Is Getting Old

1 week, 4 days ago

In speaking about climate change, President Barack Obama has a certain rhetorical tic that's starting to wear thin. “We can’t attribute any particular weather event to climate change," he said
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Paid Leave This Week: 25 Percent of New Moms Return to Work After Just Two Weeks

1 week, 4 days ago

Over a quarter of new moms go back to work two weeks after giving birth. And 12 percent took only a week off, according to a report from In These Times. Forget unlimited leave or o
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Is Today’s Literary Culture Macho Enough for Kingsley Amis?

1 week, 4 days ago

What is today’s reader offered by the work of Kingsley Amis? This may not seem an especially pertinent question to ask of a writer who only died in 1995, but in art the recent past can sometimes appear more outmoded and inaccessible than distant history. The living writer is close to the common we
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Why "Anchor Baby" Is Offensive—and a Distortion of Truth

1 week, 5 days ago

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to lead not only in the polls, but with his crude rhetoric. In a Tuesday interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump questioned whether “anch
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In a Land Before iTunes

1 week, 5 days ago

Every ship the traveler takes today,” a New York Times correspondent wrote in 1922, “throbs with the staccato cacophony of jazz.” His report, with examples from Hawaii to Palestine, seems to confirm the familiar story of how American pop music engulfed the entire world, dictating list
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When Going Topless on HBO Is a Radical Act

1 week, 5 days ago

Comedian Tig Notaro’s delivery style is dry and flat. The funny in her standup is often in the silence after and between her statements, her long pauses allowing the audience to catch up to the joke, as it is in the words she’s actually said. Case in point? When she opened a set in Los Angeles
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How America Mistreats Sex-Crime Victims

1 week, 5 days ago

Jared Fogle, the former Subway sandwiches spokesman, appeared in an Indianapolis court Wednesday on charges of possession of child pornography and p
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Ashley Madison Is Part of Modern Marriage

1 week, 6 days ago

There must be lots of folks like me in the leaked Ashley Madison database. The Toronto-based online dating and social networking site for adulterers has been in the news since last April, when parent company Avid Life Media
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A Hollywood Legend Returns With a Screwball Comedy. Will Anyone Notice?

1 week, 6 days ago

She’s Funny That Way, which comes out this Friday, is the first film Peter Bogdanovich has directed in 14 years. He used to churn them out; in the early 1970s alone, Bogdanovich dispatched a run of classics that included The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc? and P
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The Islamic Climate Change Declaration Could Be More Effective Than Pope Francis's Encyclical

1 week, 6 days ago

Pope Francis may have soaked up headlines earlier this summer when he published a whopping 192-page encyclical on climate change, but this week Muslims issued a declaration that could influence an even larger population than the Catholic decree. The
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The Republican Party Is Becoming a Bloodbath

1 week, 6 days ago

The political media tends to process each Donald Trump controversy anew, or if not anew then as the latest in a series of contretemps, any one of which would have ended the candidacy of a more traditional politician. Trump began the race as a birther, then slandered Mexican immigrants as rapists, th
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What Black Lives Matter Made Clear to Hillary Clinton

1 week, 6 days ago

Last week, Hillary Clinton met with a small group of Black Lives Matter protesters who had intended to disrupt her campaign event, only to arrive late and be shut out by Secret Service. The closed-door meeting resulted in frustration on the part of the activists, a bit of condescension from the can
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Pulitzer-Winner Adam Johnson Delivers Tales of Trauma and Redemption

1 week, 6 days ago

Adam Johnson has long been interested in trauma. Best known for his 2013 novel, The Orphan Master’s Son, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has written about  North Korean gulags, apocaly
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A Leadership Bible to Soothe Scared Elites

1 week, 6 days ago

Next month marks four years since Occupy Wall Street tumbled onto parks and town squares and onto the American consciousness. The dream of 99 percent solidarity was birthed by the euphemistically labeled Great Recession: housing fraud and foreclosures, mass unemployment, and the bank bailouts that m
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What If Stalin Had Computers?

2 weeks ago

When will capitalism end? It’s not a new idea, and even the capitalists suspect it will happen. After all, every other mode of production has fallen, and capitalism isn’t a steady-state system. It simply isn’t built to stay the same. As firms incorporate new technologies, capacity increases pe
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Hillary Clinton's Opposition to Arctic Drilling Is a Bigger Deal Than Keystone XL

2 weeks ago

It took less than 140 characters for Hillary Clinton to make a convincing case to her environmental critics that she's committed to keeping carbon underground and protecting some of Am
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Carly Fiorina Is a Trojan Horse in the GOP's War on Women

2 weeks ago

The New York Times recently described Carly Fiorina, the only woman among 17 Republican candidates for president, as the GOP's "weapon against the 'war on
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Inside the Massive Rag Yards That Wring Money Out of Your Discarded Clothes

2 weeks ago

“These are the thousand-pound bales,” Michael Zweig says, gesturing to towering stacks of multi-colored compressed cubes of familiar floral prints, stripes, plaids, and graphic T-shirts stacked at inhuman scale. It’s a hot summer day, and the un-airconditioned factory retrofitted as a used tex
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No Keystone, No Problem: The Oil Industry Is Making Other Pipeline Plans

2 weeks ago

Environmentalists have been waiting since 2008 for President Barack Obama's decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. That decision may come any day now. But Canada’s tar sands industry hasn't been waiting around.Publicly, TransCanada, the company behind the embattled pipeline, insi
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Look Out, Republicans: Donald Trump Is Shaping Policy Now, Too

2 weeks ago

The moment he officially entered the Republican presidential race, and through the first debate, Donald Trump began to influence (or cheapen, if you prefer) the antics and rhetoric of other candidates.This wasn’t new or unexpected in presidential politics, let alone Republican presidential politic
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The Rebellious, Back-Flipping Black Figure Skater Who Changed the Sport Forever

2 weeks ago

In the 1980s and '90s, competitive figure skating enthralled me. The sport’s balletic arm movements and glittery-glam unitards, along with its powerful leaps and dizzying triple axels, guaranteed that I’d be seated in front of a TV during every Winter Olympics of my childhood. But not even in my
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Trump Is What You Make of It

2 weeks, 1 day ago

Why am I here? That was the unescapable question facing me at 8 a.m. on Monday as I joined the dozens of reporters gathered at the New York State Supreme Court in Lower Manhattan to wait for Donald Trump, Republican presidential frontrunner, to report for jury duty. There was, of course, good mone
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Donald Trump’s Immigration Reform Plan Would Be Unimaginably Expensive

2 weeks, 1 day ago

Donald Trump released an immigration reform plan on Sunday with three “core principles,” the first of which is utterly unrealistic: to make Mexico, a country mired in 
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Donald Trump, Epic Hero

2 weeks, 1 day ago

Donald Trump is famous for his verbal flourishes, boasting about his accomplishments and insulting his rivals and critics. He has called Rand Paul “a spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain,”
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Stop Burdening LGBT Athletes By Demanding Greatness

2 weeks, 1 day ago

On ESPN’s Sunday morning roundtable talk show, The Sports Reporters, four distinguished journalists devoted three minutes to the case of David Denson, a minor-league baseball player for the Helena Brewers, the Milwaukee Brewers’ Single-A af
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Jeb Bush, Like Many Republicans, Wants a War With Iran

2 weeks, 1 day ago

Like all Republican presidential candidates, Jeb Bush is opposed to the world powers nuclear agreement with Iran, and has denounced it in withering terms as a “bad,” “horrific” d
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The Internet Is a Cat Video Library

2 weeks, 1 day ago

1From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, you may check out an animal for a week from the Sulphur Creek Nature Center’s Small Animal Lending Library, part of the Hayward Area Recreation & Park District in Californ
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A Distant Mirror: The Leo Frank Lynching

2 weeks, 1 day ago

William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum of AtlantaPortrait of Leo FrankOn August 17, 1915, exactly a century ago, Leo Frank, an Ivy League–educated Jewish industrialist, was lynched in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta. Although this was just one of 22 extralegal executions in Georgia that year, in the
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Corn Wars

2 weeks, 1 day ago

On September 30, 2012, agents from the FBI contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago with an urgent request. They wanted bags from two passengers on an outbound flight to Beijing pulled for immediate inspection. The passengers didn’t track as dangero
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America's Wildfire Crisis

2 weeks, 4 days ago

The American West, parched for years, is now experiencing an exceptional outbreak of wildfires. The infernos are currently raging across 740,000 acres in 11 states, and 13,000 firefighters are spread just as widely to try to combat the blazes. For
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Where Does Our Information Go After We Die?

2 weeks, 4 days ago

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South Sudan's Orderly Disorder

2 weeks, 4 days ago

Arriving unannounced to South Sudan in a homemade flying machine to film a documentary, Austrian director Hubert Sauper parallels fictional space conquests and real colonial invasions. “I come in a vulnerable situation and I get out of a ridiculous flying machine. They laugh at me,” Sauper told
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Why Social Security Is a Success, in Four Charts

2 weeks, 4 days ago

Eighty years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act, a piece of legislation that has bequeathed modern America with the bundle of benefits we know as social security. Including benefits for elderly, dis
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Paid Leave This Week: Flying Nannies, Infants in the Office, and Carly Fiorina's Big Mistake

2 weeks, 4 days ago

Carly Fiorina opposes a paid maternity leave mandate. The former Hewlett-Packard CEO said that the government should stay out of it and let companies
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The Trigger Warning Myth

2 weeks, 4 days ago

In The Atlantic's latest cover story, “The Coddling of the American Mind,” Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt insinuate that trigger warnings and "vindictive protectiveness" are be
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Modern Magdalenes

2 weeks, 4 days ago

In America, it is perhaps the highest sign of respect to argue that prostitutes should have the same rights as corporations: to labor free of government regulation or interference and to mine their bodies for every ounce of profit the flesh can yield. A prostitute’s humanity belongs in the same br
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Jimmy Carter's Most Important Legacy: Female Judges

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Former president Jimmy Carter announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with cancer. Often cited as an exemplar of p
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Soylent Tastes Better Without the Utopian Rhetoric

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Soylent—a pale, powdery drink that is meant to satisfy all of a person’s nutritional needs—is perhaps the perfect symbol of the Silicon Valley mentality: efficient, soulless, and naïve. Of late, it’s been a lightning rod for critic
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Planned Parenthood Is Just The Beginning

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Since videos emerged last month showing Planned Parenthood staff discussing how they provide fetal tissue and organs to researchers, Republicans have been falling all over themselves to insist that the organization be defunded. But the GOP’s defunding campaign isn't actually about stopping fetal t
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Dating Will Never Die

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Last week, Vanity Fair broke some bad news: We are living in romantic end-times."Tinder And The Dawn Of The Dating Apocalypse," the headline thundered. The author of the piece, Nancy Jo Sales, foll
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The Database of the Dead

2 weeks, 5 days ago

The Database of the Dead Are you in it? August 13, 2015 The Social Security Administration maintains a database containing a record of every U.S. citizen who has died since 1936. What could possibly go wrong? In
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The Final File

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Due to some flaw in my personality I love thinking about where my data goes after I fill out a form. Friends who work for giant banks describe projects that take years—endless regulatory documents, huge meetings, all to move a few on-screen pixels around. It can take 18 months to change a couple o
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Love at the Methadone Clinic

2 weeks, 5 days ago

There’s a certain set of words associated with fiction by working-class writers. Their work is “gritty,” or it’s “grim.” Critics like to note the “darkness” of such fiction, then laud its “quiet dignity.” Characters might suffer, but they always patiently “endure.” So what sh
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The Most Common Childbirth Practice in America Is Unnecessary and Dangerous

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Lindsey Cool was nearing the end of labor at the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho, in 2003 when her doctor decided to use internal electronic fetal monitoring. An electrode was attached to the baby's scalp to monitor his heart rate. Everything was fine during contractions; the h
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The Master of Childish Men Gives Women a Second Chance

2 weeks, 5 days ago

When a film about young women comes out, it's tempting to compare it to
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IK Enemkpali Is a Hero for Breaking Geno Smith's Jaw

2 weeks, 6 days ago

New York Jets fans have been spared the trauma of yet another season with Geno Smith at the helm, as the quarterback is out 6-10 weeks with a fractured jaw after being punched by now-former teammate Ikemefuna "IK" Enemkpali. The reported cause of the locker room fight: Smith owed the backup lineba
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Would You Rather Lose Your Morals or Your Memory?

2 weeks, 6 days ago

When Nina Strohminger was a teenager, her grandmother had dementia. “Before she got sick, she was not a very nice person,” Strohminger said. “One of the first things that went when this disease was taking hold is she became really, really nice. I just remember her stopping me one day and sayin
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Bernie Sanders Is Leading Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. That Means Almost Nothing, According to History.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

In case there was any doubt: The Democratic presidential primary is officially a race. Bernie Sanders, whose West Coast tour has drawn crowd
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Black Lives Matter Arrives on Hillary Clinton’s Doorstep

3 weeks ago

Black Lives Matter activists met with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after they were denied entry to a scheduled campaign event in Keene, New Hampshire, which they had planned to disrupt.  "The place we ended up arriving with her, in part, was a personal discussion about what we
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