The Plank

The Republican Reaction to the Polar Vortex Explains Why So Many Scientists Are Democrats
January 08, 2014 Brain Freeze

When I walked to work Tuesday morning, it was 4 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest temperature I've experienced in the last two years living in Washington, D.C.

If Your Name is Dennis, You're More Likely to Become a Dentist
The strange science of how names shape careers
January 08, 2014 Psychology

The strange science of names and destiny

Chris Christie: More Like Nixon than Giuliani
Why the bridge scandal is so damaging
January 08, 2014 Shenanigans

Chris Christie's 2016 prospects were always about personality, not ideology. That's why the new revelations about lane closures at the George Washington Bridge are so damaging.

Cold Weather Stinks. Hot Weather Is Great. End of Debate.
January 08, 2014 Ready to Wear

I know you guys know all about how wear lots of layers and all of that, but cold weather is still rotten.  

Three Important Questions Roger Goodell Was Not Asked in His 92Y Interview
January 07, 2014 football

NFL Commissoner Roger Goodell is in denial about threats to football's future.

An Unemployment Benefits Extension? Here's the Sticking Point.
January 07, 2014 Help Wanted

Republicans may just want to shift the burden from one disadvantaged group to another.

Bob Woodward Shows His Anti-Obama Bias

A scoop about Robert Gates' criticisms of Obama says more about Woodward than anyone else.

Republicans Discover Poverty. Now What?
It's hard to help the little guy when you hate the safety net
January 07, 2014 Words and Deeds

Taking a lead from Pope Francis, Republicans are suddenly talking about poverty. This would be a good first step: Stop slashing the safety net.

Study: Afghans Are More Apt to Forgive Taliban Violence than U.S. Violence. Why?
January 07, 2014 Afghanistan

An anthropologist studies Afghan hearts and minds, and finds something disturbing.

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