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May 29, 2015

American Imperialism's Most Ambivalent Salesman

For Robert D. Kaplan, there's nothing imperialism can't fix—except for all the problems it creates.

Prosecuting FIFA Underlings Is Worth It, Even If Sepp Blatter Gets Away

Corruption at the highest levels sets a tone for the entire sport. 

Wising Up to the Wise Men of American Foreign Policy

George Kennan was not such a Wise Man after all, a new book argues. 

Millennials Care About Paid Leave, and Aren’t Afraid to Take It

Ironically, "Generation Me" might be the first to change the way that women and men think about paid leave. 

May 28, 2015

Martin O'Malley Shouldn't Be Mad at Bernie Sanders—and Shouldn't Attack Clinton, Either

It's not like he had a chance even before Sanders stole his left-wing thunder.

Hillary Clinton is Finally Showing Her Hand on Climate Change

Clinton tries to win environmentalists and Iowa.

The New David Foster Wallace Movie Isn’t a Biopic. It’s Another 'Rolling Stone' Writer Flick.

The raffish delights of being a Rolling Stone writer have been portrayed on the big screen more than once.

The Many Rebrandings of Rick Santorum

He portrays himself as a stubborn man of principle who also happens to be a foreign policy expert. But this isn’t really true.

What Humanity's Impact on Earth Will Look Like to Future Geologists

A new study shows when our impact on Earth became irreversible.


Forgetting Lolita: How Nabokov's Victim Became an American Fantasy

At a certain echelon of pop music megastardom, they are all Lolitas now, trafficking in the iconography of lollipops and stuffed animals and schoolgirl outfits.

Don't Search for "Purpose." You Will Fail.

The big lie behind a Venn diagram meme.

What Are They Thinking?

The many (possible) motivations of 2016's long shots.

May 27, 2015

The Nutrition Gap

Many doctors dismiss nutritional therapies as quack medicine. But many patients disagree, and they're taking matters into their own hands—sometimes to the detriment of their health.

"You Cannot Claim to Have Any Ideas About Family Values Unless You Value Fathers"

When his daughter was born, Josh Levs thought he would get the same leave benefits as the women at his company. He was wrong.

Did This Acclaimed Sociologist Drive the Getaway Car in a Murder Plot?

The questionable ethics of Alice Goffman's "On the Run."

Benghazi Won't Stick to Hillary Clinton, But the Disastrous Libyan Intervention Should

She neglected diplomatic options and over-hyped fears of civilian deaths.

California Has No Idea How Much Water It Has Left. NASA Can Help.

Understanding the depletion of the earth's water reserves from space. 

Limiting Global Warming to 2 Degrees Celsius Won’t Save Us

Our previous upper limit for planetary warming, 2°C, isn't safe. Where do we go from here?

May 26, 2015

The White Protestant Roots of American Racism

The beliefs America was founded on have consequences, even today. 

Former Republican Senator Admits the Obamacare Court Challenge Is Built on Lies

Maybe all that time Democrats spent courting Olympia Snowe wasn't wasted after all.

There’s Nothing Lazy About Using Emojis to Communicate

Emojis enhance language—they won't replace it. 

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