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The Republican Fever Is Down. It Hasn't Broken Yet.

The Republican fever is starting to come down. It hasn’t broken yet.

Red State, Blue State; Meth State, Coke State
October 11, 2013 Drugs

The top meth states are red. The top cocaine states are blue. Discuss.

The Miley Cyrus Complex: An Ontology of Slut-Shaming
October 11, 2013 Feminism

The problem is not that we cannot decide whether nearly-naked pop stars are empowered or exploited. The problem is that bland sexual performance is still the only power this society grants to young women

The Silver Bullet Nobody Is Discussing
October 11, 2013 debt ceiling

The debate over funding government and avoiding default has officially reached the chaos stage.

Let's Impose Sanctions on the Nobel Peace Prize
October 11, 2013 Politics

Already this century the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two American presidents and a vice president, and only one of them was worthy of it.

Moms and Dads Both Want Time With Their Kids. Why Do Moms Spend More?
October 11, 2013 The Parent Trap

“The only luxury is time,” Kanye West told Jimmy Kimmel the other night, “the time you spend with your family.” A new Pew Research Center

The Boehner Plan Was the Best Thing to Happen to Obama In Months. He Should Have Accepted
October 10, 2013 Political Gifts

Thursday morning John Boehner settled on a clever idea for avoiding a debt default while still appeasing House conservatives: a no-strings-attached debt-limit increase lasting six weeks, coupled with a refusal to reopen the government until Republ

Republicans' Brutal New Poll Numbers Could Actually Be Much More Brutal
October 10, 2013 Midterms

This evening’s NBC/WSJ survey was absolutely brutal for Republicans.

Andre Dubus III's New Book Is Worth Ripping to Pieces
October 10, 2013 Books

Mid-way through reading Dirty Love, I tore the book apart. I don’t mean figuratively, although I was reading at a clip; I ripped its pages out.

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