It's probably parasites. Or cocaine.
A possible appointment that progressives see as a sop to big banks
A homeless mom's historic curse in America's newspaper of record.
The legislature’s failure to pass a farm bill in 2013 “serves as a poster child for congressional dysfunction,” Norm Ornstein inveighed in the National Journal Thursday. Ornstein helpfully traced the origins of the odd couple that is the bill: Its bloated farm subsidies are tied to the essential food stamps program because of the historic friendship that developed in the early 1970s between George McGovern and Bob Dole.
Imagine the following scenario: the United States sends huge quantities of heavy military equipment to Syrian rebels. The rebels use that equipment and overthrow Bashar al-Assad's tyrannical regime in Damascus. Some unstable coalition takes power in Syria, and the civil war ends with an uneasy truce. The Syrian people are significantly better off, even if the country is still a good deal less calm than Sweden.
On American campuses, there are two lefts.
A beautiful shot of cliff-diving in Thailand.
Montecito is an impossibly lovely and privileged town between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the sea, just east of Santa Barbara. The place shows no signs of strain of any kind. A handsome old mission church is all that disrupts the eternal present of the materially fortunate. The beauty almost eclipses the money. But for an hour or so it did, as I perched on a large rock facing the ocean and was thoroughly saturated in the noontime light. In the distance oil platforms, like ghost ships, rudely marred the pristinity of the marine expanse.
Naming names for legislative cowardice
David O. Russell's American Hustle is little bit Martin Scorsese, a little bit Preston Sturges.
Megyn Kelly says Santa and Jesus are white. These old pictures say otherwise.
The good news is, they're preparing now.
The social web used to be about broadcasting your life. Maybe not any more.
Last week, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed three lawsuits seeking "legal personhood" for four chimps who live upstate and are used for research—or, as the NRP puts it, are “imprisoned”— but this week New York judges denied the animal-rights group’s claims. Just how much do chimps have in common with people, though? Consider the following studies:
Republicans and their supporters continue to fuss about the limited physician choice and relatively high deductibles that shoppers on the new Obamacare marketplaces are finding. Those of us who follow health policy continue to be amazed and exasperated at this spectacle, because Republicans have spent years arguing that this is what health insurance should look like.
The politics of the pipeline are more complicated than you thought
ONE YEAR LATER
Both sides are spending more and fighting harder.
The New Republic staff brings you the best books of 2013.
GOOD AND BAD
Just because a bunch of people said stupid things about one of the century's most amazing men does not mean that Mandela didn't make some grievous errors in judgement.
FROM THE STACKS
Gustave Flaubert remained misunderstood for decades.
Republicans think that, in another shutdown, they can make the public focus on other Obama woes. They're wrong.
Scott Brown Is Getting Ready to Run in New Hampshire—And Take On American Politics' Most Fatuous Tradition
Stop laughing, he says. It's not funny.
If you can't beat the gun nuts, you can scare off the people who fund them