Julia Fisher

What will the world be like without "effulgent" and "grandiloquence"? 

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What Comes After First Lady?

Experts' unsolicited career advice for Michelle Obama

Lawyer? Diet-product spokeswoman? Reality TV show host?

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In what may well be the season’s best Christmas story, Icelandic activists have stalled the construction of a highway because they are afraid for the safety of the local elf population. Most of the time, facts have their place as rightful arbiters of action. Elves do not normally qualify. Friends of Lava, the group leading the effort against the highway, is concerned about the environment and Iceland’s cultural heritage, which is where the elves come in.

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In 2007, several n+1 editors discussed books they’d read or wished they had read in college. The series of dialogues was published in a pamphlet called What We Should Have Known. A new pamphlet, No Regrets, which came out this week, reprises the 2007 panel’s questions (What do you wish you had read in college? What books changed you?) but restricts the conversation to women.

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The gruesome details of the thieves' likely death.

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He already has a show: the daily news.

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Over the last half century, Reverend Sun Myung Moon and his family have led a religious and political movement—anchored by the Unification Church—that has exerted enormous influence over right-wing American politics and created a web of influential and profitable businesses, including the New Yorker Hotel, the Manhattan Center recording studio, and The Washington Times.

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The top meth states are red. The top cocaine states are blue. Discuss.

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Last week, House Speaker John Boehner reportedly floated the idea that the government shutdown and debt-ceiling crisis could be resolved with a "grand bargain" that would reduce the long-term budget deficit. Whispers of such a deal continue, but

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If the government shutdown is going to end any time soon, it seems likely that the vehicle of its demise will be a clean continuing resolution, a bill that would fund the government temporarily without defunding Obamacare. The Senate has already passed such a bill; the vast majority of House Democrats support the plan, as do 22 moderate Republicans.

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