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September 21, 2014

Guantánamo Bay Is Crumbling Into Ruins

But guards and prisoners aren't leaving any time soon.

Virgos Need Not Apply

The surprising—and sometimes scary—prominence of astrology in China.

Want to Be Happy? Stop Being So Cheap!

An interview with the authors of an enormous new study of generosity.

Hillary Clinton Borrows a Line From Elizabeth Warren

The likely 2016 nominee reveals who she's most worried about.

Why Drugs Are a Metaphor for Some Foods, and Sex Is a Metaphor for Others

Why is sex a metaphor for some foods but drugs are a metaphor for others? The answers lie in Yelp reviews.

September 20, 2014

What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?

Studying history with hypotheticals.

September 19, 2014

America's Worst Republican Could Soon Lose His Office

Here's a list of every heinous thing he's done.

What Robert Burns Would Have Made of Scottish Independence

The poet helped forge Scotland's national identity.

We Shouldn't Forget Liberalism's Religious Roots

21st-century liberalism is a pale shadow of its 19th-century ancestor.

Ebola Is Spreading Way Faster Than Anyone Predicted

The current outbreak is off the charts.

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.

Do Ultra-Orthodox Jews Have Better Sex?

"Religious Jewish couples are supposed to practice eyes-open sex."

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?

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