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Only One Person Can Make Ruth Bader Ginsburg Retire
October 10, 2013 Politics

The only two certainties in life are death and taxes (at least since the Supreme Court’s 1916 decision upholding the income tax).

This Russian Architect's Scale Model Was Impressive. Then They Noticed the Couple Having Sex.
October 10, 2013 Details

The Olympics aren't just about Sochi, and Sochi isn't just about the Olympics, the Russians will tell you.

The Blaze of Glory Fallacy
October 10, 2013 Obamacare

My colleague Michael Kinsley wrote a post today urging President Obama to give in to Republican demands and agree to a one-year delay of the Affordable C

Boehner Has a Plan. Or Something Like That.
October 10, 2013 debt ceiling

House Republican leaders on Thursday morning announced that they have a new proposal and it hews to the outlines media outlets reported overnight.

Obama Should Just Give in to the Republicans

President Obama should give in. Yes, this mess is all the Republicans’ fault.

Marco Rubio Just Proved That He's Dumber Than Chris Christie
October 10, 2013 Primary Colors

Jonathan Martin has an interesting and revealing piece in The New York Times on Thursday about the different sta

Alice Munro: At Last, a Genuinely Popular Nobel Laureate
October 10, 2013 Books

She had already won every other big prize, from the Booker’s newish international edition to the two big Canadian gongs, the Giller and the Governor-General’s Award.

Device Makers Would Love Repeal of Their Tax. But Would Conservatives?

Republican leaders and, finally, many of their followers are coming to grips with the obvious: They can't use the government shutdown or threat of default to kill Obamacare.

The GOP Can Rebound From Record Low Favorability Ratings
October 10, 2013 Polls

Just because the Republican numbers are in the tank doesn't mean they can't bounce back soon. It happened in 1999 too.

I've Never Wanted to Read Jane Austen Fan Fiction, Until Now
October 10, 2013 book covers

I'm fairly honest about my Jane Austen snobbery. Nothing but the real, bona fide Miss Austen will do. Don't offer me Return to Pemberley, or Mr.