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September 19, 2014

The Killer Fog That United Labor and Environmentalists

It killed 20 people and completely changed environmental politics.

Paul Ryan May Have Found a Trick to Make His Tax Plan Add Up

He needs a secret sauce. Could this be it?

How to Scare a Republican About Climate Change

It's a concept conservatives should appreciate.

Finally, a Russian Jewish Novel Breaks Out of the Autobiographical Rut

New novel asks how the heroism of Soviet-era Jewish dissidents becomes a blueprint for political action for a new generation.

The Latest Political Plagiarism Scandal Defines Plagiarism Way, Way Down

Copying boilerplate without citation is plagiarism if you're a journalist. If you're a pol, it's part of the job.

After Scotland, The United Kingdom Has to Fundamentally Change

Unless there is major constitutional reform, there will be a second Scottish independence referendum very soon.

George Orwell Wrote One of the Most Incensed Takedowns of American Fashion Magazines

Even in the 1940s, he'd had enough of super skinny, unrealistic models. 

You'll Never Guess What House Republicans Just Did

They passed a bill. A good one. That helps families.

Scotland Rejected Independence But Alex Salmond Still Got Exactly What He Wanted

The independence campaign failed, but Alex Salmond still won.

Jeffrey Tambor’s New Role Made Him “Throw-Up Nervous”

He's playing a woman for the first time.

September 18, 2014

The Real Stories of Disabled Men Who Pay for Sex

How they do it, why they do it, and what else they want from it. 

Obama's Biggest Economic Failure

Homeowners could have saved billions, but Obama failed to act.

The Duck Penis Paradox

Science, science, everywhere! But is it all for real?

How a Bogus Scientific Study Becomes Internet Fact

In 2013, a memory study published in the open access science journal PLOS turned out to be false—but only after it was picked up by many major media outlets. 

Why the U.S. Army Is Our Best Weapon Against Ebola Now

This could be the gamechanger we need.

Obamacare Critics Said Obama Was 'Cooking the Books.' New Data Shows He Wasn't.

And just like that, another attack on the law goes poof.

Beautiful Photos of What May Be the World's Next National Border

The Document Scotland project captures the nation on the eve of its momentous independence vote. 

Recently Rediscovered John Dos Passos Story, 'Vag'

A bizarre, forgotten little story. 

Too Many Americans Think Spanking Is an Acceptable Form of Discipline

The psychiatric profession agrees: it hurts children and isn't effective.

September 17, 2014

How to Reboot Healthcare.gov

There are several ways the government can make healthcare.gov simpler and more accessible, and make up for last year's fiasco.  

This Diagram Could Hold the Key to Fixing Our Ailing Planet

It organizes and prioritizes everything we need to do to fix climate change. 

This TV Show Pays Homage To—And Utterly Ruins—The Fault in Our Stars

It tries to be Fault in Our Stars. It misses. By miles.

The Strategy That Might Have Beaten Mitch McConnell

Kentucky's Dem is trailing in the polls—but she might not be if she had used Obamacare to her advantage

What Ken Burns Doesn't Understand about the Roosevelts

It's so focused on the Roosevelts as people, it neglects their importance as public figures. 

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