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October 9, 2015

Ben Carson Is Wrong About the Holocaust: Jews Did Fight Back

He said the Holocaust would have been "diminished" if Germany’s Jews had been armed. History proves him wrong. 

Where Fantasy Sports Meets Stock Market Scams

Daily fantasy games are wildly popular and completely infuriating

Svetlana Alexievich, The Dostoevsky of Nonfiction

The Nobel Prizewinner's compassionate writing resists politicization. 

Romance in the California Drought

Claire Vaye Watkins's characters shack up in the rubble of the apocalypse.

Has Bernie Sanders Lost His Edge on Climate Issues?

He was supposed to be environmentalists' champion. What happened?

Harry Houdini in Love

Becoming Mrs. Houdini meant learning to speak to the dead.

“Steve Jobs” Is a Magnificent Piece of Consumerist Propaganda

The Apple chairman as corporate tyrant and consumer saint.

When Will National Review Apologize for Cooperating With Murderous Dictator Augusto Pinochet?

Chilean general Augusto Pinochet ordered an assassination on American soil, and the conservative magazine came to his defense.

A Black President Is Not a Magical Negro

Rupert Murdoch's tweets about Ben Carson signified a dangerous stereotype.

Forget Donald Trump. Latinos Only Matter for Democrats in 2016.

This Hispanic vote won't decide the general election, but the Democratic primary is a different story.

October 8, 2015

“He Left Everybody at the Altar”: Gloom, Despair, and Capitol Hill's Game of Thrones

House conservatives helped to derail Kevin McCarthy's bid for Speaker. But they still aren't happy.

Speaking in Tongues

Inside the world of lexicographers who create languages like Dothraki, Elvish, and Klingon.

The Long, Strange History of ABC Family

A channel changes its name, but can’t get rid of its religious roots.

Hillary Clinton's Wall Street Reform Plan Is to the Right of Bernie Sanders'

And some parts of her proposal might not achieve the desired result, experts warn.

No Republican Is Fit, Able, and Willing to Run the House of Representatives

If John Boehner wanted to prove to conservatives how much they needed him, he couldn't have done a better job.

Republicans Are About to Cut a Handout to Big Banks—Thanks to Progressive Democrats

This is the most unlikely Capitol Hill success story of the year.

The Mushroom That Explains the World

An anthropologist tries to understand capitalism by studying a Japanese delicacy.

Belarusian Author Svetlana Alexievich Wins 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature

The Belarusian novelist and journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature for her "polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage in our time."

How to Create a Feminist Utopia: Redefine the Family!

Family members should keep their resources separate, rather than pooling income.

October 7, 2015

Marilynne Robinson's Sacred Cosmology

The author's new essay collection, The Giveness of Things, converses with the dead. 

The Chaotic Wisdom of Wikipedia Paragraphs

How Wikipedia's editors built an online universe that anyone could use, and then everyone did.

Sloane Crosley’s Social Climbers

Millennials seek authenticity, and a diamond necklace, in Sloane Crosley's The Clasp.

Who Will Win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

Reseeding the Nobel Literature betting pool, according to reality.

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