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September 16, 2014

George Orwell's Brilliant Guide to Writing Well

Step One: Eliminate every cliche from your vocabulary.

How (and How Not) to Break Up With a Roommate

It's the defining relationship of your twenties, or beyond. Until it's not. Lessons from a new rite of passage. 

September 15, 2014

The NFL Owes Domestic Violence Victims a Big, Fat Check

It wouldn't be charity. It would be restitution.

This Might be Obama's Last Chance to Do Something Major About Climate Change

A preview of what a world agreement could and couldn't do to contain global warming. 

Obama's ISIS Strategy Is Way More Coherent Than His Critics Claim

This has been building for quite a long time. 

What They Wore to the Grave: The Last Outfits of El Salvador's "Disappeared"

Haunting photos of clothes that have been dug up from anonymous graves.

The Dissolution of the U.K. Would Be a Bad Omen for the Rest of the World

If Britain cannot work out how to stay together, the portents for the 21st century are dark indeed.

'Energy Independence' Will Destroy the Planet

When are people going to wake up?

This Photo Explains the United States' Relationship with Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabaia's existential struggle with Iran has drastic implications for fighting ISIS. 

Americans Have No Idea How Regressive Their State and Local Taxes Are

And both liberals and conservatives want them to be progressive. 

Obama's Scariest ISIS Comment Yet: 'I'm Not Going to Anticipate Failure'

If he’s not preparing for failure, then we shouldn’t be preparing for war.

You Should Absolutely, Positively Read the Canon in College

The ultimate essay in defense of the masterpieces we know and love.

Survey: Republicans Like Obamacare a Lot More if You Call It by a Different Name

The two charts show clearly what a difference the Obamacare label makes.

Hillary Clinton's Iffy First Trip to Iowa

She served comfort food, even by the standards of a steak fry.

September 14, 2014

Five Things We Can Do to Reduce Domestic Violence

It's time to do something. Here are five ideas that could really have an impact.

Feminism Has Conquered the Culture. Now Comes the Hard Part

Two female writers battle it out over that very question.

Engineers Created This Soft Pink Robot to Save You in a Fire

Watch this amazing two-foot-long fleshy-looking robot crawl around. 

Was the Spiritual Father of the GOP Actually a Democrat?

A new history of Lincoln's Republican Party may find favor with liberals, but seems to leave out many details.  

September 13, 2014

If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

There's no such thing as a "true" religion. 

September 12, 2014

We Can't Destroy ISIS Without Destroying Bashar al Assad First

The Syrian strongman is the terrorist organization's most important recruiting tool.

"It’s Scary What the Fashion World Presents as Women"

The '80s movie teen queen and the art world's po-mo princess talk about their clothes, their personal style, and the aging process.

Charles James Was an Artist—But Don't Hang His Works in a Museum

His work is being treated with the kind of seriousness and acclaim given to Rodin or Rothko or any other major figure in the history of art.

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