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October 31, 2014

John Keats's Passionate, Lusty Letters Are the Key to His Poems

Reading what Keats wrote in private helps us better understand those famous odes and sonnets.

This Canadian Pipeline Is the New Keystone XL

Everyone knows the drill by now.

Colorado's Governor's Race Could Come Down to the Death Penalty

How an unlikely issue is upending the race.

Obamacare's Biggest Threat Isn't the Election. It's a Supreme Court Case Being Discussed Today.

They have to decide whether to entertain these crazy new lawsuits. Sadly, they might.

The 20 Most Terrifying Non-Horror Books You'll Ever Read

And there isn't a ghost in a single one.

The Halloween Concert That Reinvented Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan was the cynosure of hip, when hipness still wore pressed slacks and light brown suede boots (as he did that night).

October 30, 2014

Why Did the Ultra-Religious, Anti-Gay President of "God's Harvard" Suddenly Resign?

The evangelical school outraged alumni with its weak response to allegations of sexual assault in The New Republic

You Won't Like Frances McDormand in 'Olive Kitteridge' ... But You Might Love Her

HBO's adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning book is fascinating and bleak.

Tea Party Populism Is Dead. The GOP Is Back in Bed With Wall Street.

Big banks are preparing for a big party next week.

Halloween Is Manufactured Fear. Mexico's Day of the Dead Is All Too Real.

Even the harshest of realities—43 dead students—will not stop Mexicans from celebrating death this weekend.

Turning the Machines that Keep Patients Alive Into Art

Piles of pacemakers, heart and lung machines...

Boston Strong: Remembering Mayor Thomas Menino

Remembering a great leader and, yes, a great liberal.

It Won't Be Obama's Fault When the Democrats Lose the Senate

The Democratic candidates are outperforming Obama, in fact.

Stop Treating Offensive Halloween Costumes as News

It's just bad, lazy, uninteresting click-bait journalism.

Study: Genes, Not Just Medical Care, Affect Ebola Outcomes

Some mice exposed to the virus were fine, others weren't.

Keep 'Honey Boo Boo' On the Air

Taking it off the air misses an opportunity.

The Giants Have a Big Payroll, but It's Not Why They Won the World Series

The Giants win the World Series because of superior management

The Media's Overreaction to Ebola Is Sending a Chill Through My Coworkers at Doctors Without Borders

It's not "fair or accurate," and it "has sent a chill through my colleagues."

Want to Know How the U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Afghan Army Is Performing? That's Classified.

It's emblematic of a larger issue of over-classification in government.

Thursday's GDP Report Will Tell Us a Lot About the Economy

But it won't reveal whether wages are growing.

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