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April 23, 2014

FILM

60 Years of History in 30 Seconds

Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch. 

BY DAVID THOMSON

LAW

The Obama Administration Just Got Busted Over Excessive Secrecy—Again

Until Obama is more transparent, the public debate will be dominated by Rand Paul and Code Pink's conspiracy theories.

BY SAM KLEINER

OBAMACARE

Now Republicans Are Upset Obamacare Doesn't Help More People

House GOP leaders say they are upset so many people are still uninsured. Yeah, right.

BY JONATHAN COHN

PHOTOS

Photos: The Haunting Beauty of Farm Technology

The hidden beauty in everyday farm objects.

BY MAIA BOOKER

CULTURE

A Rock Star's Brother Made A Documentary. What It Says About Sibling Rivalry.

Psychologists' studies show that a shared family experience isn’t what makes you similar, it’s what drives you to become unique.

BY SARAH SLOAT

LANGUAGE

Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities

Flipping from one language to another can reveal a whole new you. 

BY ALICE ROBB

FROM THE STACKS

The Myth of Shakespeare

Shakespeare provides the "golden mean" for which our modern intellectual (nostalgic for support) and our crowding average (nostalgic for good taste) perpetually yearn.

BY WALDO FRANK

2014 ELECTIONS

New Poll Proves Conservatives Haven't Abandoned Their Unskewing Ways

Get ready for another months-long unskewing temper tantrum.

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

RELIGION

Is It Immoral for a Christian to Publish This Book?

A new book arguing that the Bible is okay with same-sex marriage has landed its publisher in hot water.

BY MARC TRACY

OBAMACARE

How Obamacare Could Get Unelectable Republicans Nominated In Senate Races

Conservatives want you to believe that Democrats are running away from Obamacare everywhere, despite mountains of evidence that a) it's just not true, and b) the politics of Obamacare are complex, and changing before our eyes. Here is a particularly intricate contortion, in response to a new radio ad from Senator Kay Hagan. BY BRIAN BEUTLER

ECONOMICS

Conservatives Miss the Main Liberal Argument on Unemployment Benefits—the One That's Proving Correct

It's only three months of evidence so far, but it supports the liberal position.

BY DANNY VINIK

April 22, 2014

TV

SUPREME COURT

Liberals Should Be Happy About the Supreme Court's Affirmative Action Decision

It's entirely in keeping with the judicial restraint we've been urging right-wing justices to observe. And it could have been much worse.

BY JEFFREY ROSEN

RUSSIA

Putin Is Using WWII for Propaganda Because It's the Best Memory That Russia Has

A joke is making the rounds among Vladimir Putin’s opponents in Moscow: His two main accomplishments as Russia's president are Yuri Gagarin’s trip to space and Russia’s victory in World War II. This biting bit of sarcasm, which takes a swing at Putin's populist rhetoric, actually gets at something much deeper. It reflects Putin’s vision of the country’s development as well as the style in which he communicates with his citizens and the international community. And yet, though people in Russia understand him, those in the West do not. BY TIKHON DZYADKO

TROLLS

This Infamous Hacker Went to Prison for Trolling AT&T. Now He Wants to Troll Wall Street.

He went to prison for exposing an Internet security flaw. He says he won't stop—and now wants to profit from doing so.

BY EMMETT RENSIN

BOOKS

Thomas Piketty Is Absolutely Right

Here's everything you need to know about 'Capital in the Twenty-First Century'

BY ROBERT M. SOLOW

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

If That Crazy Nevada Rancher Had Cried Religious Liberty, the GOP Would Have His Back

Poor Cliven Bundy—his anti-government claptrap didn't impress rule-of-law conservatives. Too bad he didn't follow Hobby Lobby's lead.

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

Roberts Court: States Can Ban Affirmative Action

The latest nail in the coffin for racial preference in admissions.

BY NORA CAPLAN-BRICKER

UKRAINE

MEDICAID

Republicans Prove They're Deadly Serious About Fighting Medicaid Expansion

GOP legislatures are committed to to insuring that their poorest constituents remain uninsured in perpetuity.

BY BRIAN BEUTLER

RELIGION

Atheists: Here's What You Could Learn From Religious People About Winning Debates

We can turn the tables on these people. They’re the ones making unevidenced claims about reality, not us.

BY JERRY A. COYNE

MIXED SIGNALS

Elizabeth Warren to Hillary Clinton: Don't Get Too Comfortable

In a new book, Elizabeth Warren is saying things Hillary should find nice. But actions speak louder than words. 

BY NOAM SCHEIBER

BOOK COVERS

The Most Bizarrely Sexual 'Lolita' Book Covers

The oversexed, hyper-titillating cover art that's slapped on Lolita is incredibly bizarre—and discomfiting.

BY HILLARY KELLY

SEX

Study: Almost Half of Men Last Less Than Two Minutes in Bed

But the strange thing is just who is most bothered by this

BY ALICE ROBB

April 21, 2014

PARENTHOOD

Why I Stopped Speaking to My Daughter in a Foreign Language

Our experiment to raise a bilingual child made me rethink my relationship with my mother's country, and who I really am.
BY NOAM SCHEIBER

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