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by andrew sullivan

British MP Rory Stewart reviews Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan Eyes, which “demonstrates that the failures of the intervention were worse than even the most cynical believed”. In particular,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Still a big question mark surrounding a possible case of Ebola in New York: Healthcare Worker Taken To NYC Hospital To Be Tested For Ebola @TPM http://t.co/3fRs0kSVMl — Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 23, 2014 But Mali joins the dreadful club of countries:...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Well, she couldn’t help herself, could she? Maybe Charles Cooke will ask Bristol Palin why she is spilling so much ink on the topic. But today she brings us her deliciously hathetic view of the past couple of months, including her account of the brawl...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A handy guide to use if people suspect you have #Ebola. #Ebolanoia pic.twitter.com/3sf7YlWRam — Infectious Chris (@InfectiousChris) October 21, 2014 While Americans remain far safer from Ebola than you’d know from watching cable news, the epidemic...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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New South Dakota Senate Poll: Rounds 48; Weiland 24; Pressler 16 http://t.co/J3kMx5nKIO — Jon Lauck (@jlauck1941) October 23, 2014 Earlier this week a reader from Texas gave us a great rundown of midterms down there. A reader in South Dakota follows...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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John Fund argues against early voting: Consider that for all of the hullabaloo about early voting, studies have shown it hasn’t increased overall voter turnout. Curtis Gans, director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate, notes...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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A new report (pdf) from the office of John Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, reveals that poppy production in Afghanistan hit a record high of 209,000 hectares last year, despite a $7.6 billion eradication effort: “In...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Concluding a series of conversations with philosophers of religion – many of which we’ve featured on the Dish – Gary Gutting conducts a self-interview, posing and answering the question: G.G.: How can you be an agnostic and still claim to be a...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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After a two-hour meeting between Hong Kong officials and protest leaders made no real progress toward resolving the standoff, the demonstrations continued yesterday, including some 200 protesters marching to the home of the territory’s Chief Executive...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Iain Martin nods: Ipsos Mori shows that support for the EU at its highest level since 1991. YouGov’s EU referendum tracker also gives the status quo a narrow lead by 40 per cent to 39 per cent this month. How can this be when Ukip is running rampant?...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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John Adams and Alice Goodman’s 1991 opera explores the murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a wheelchair-bound American Jew who was killed during the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro by members of the Palestine Liberation Front. The Metropolitan...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Earlier this week, David Sanger reported that the administration is looking at ways to avoid a Congressional vote on a nuclear agreement with Iran, including ways to suspend sanctions via executive fiat. Jack Goldsmith takes issue with that approach,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Legendary WaPo editor Ben Bradlee died yesterday at the age of 93. David Remnick reflects: [T]he most overstated notion about Bradlee was the idea that he was an ideological man. This was a cartoon. Because of the Pentagon Papers and Watergate, he and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Four Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings: http://t.co/VxVGQsCt5v pic.twitter.com/ARUZ9G6qrQ — RYOT NEWS (@RYOTnews) October 23, 2014 Four former Blackwater security contractors were found guilty yesterday in the infamous 2007 Nisour Square...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Chris Mooney flags a new meta-study on “the existing research examining the relationship between climate change and violence and conflict”: [F]or a degree Celsius of temperature increase (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit), [Stanford researcher Marshall Burke]...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) does the calculations: Almost $4 billion will be spent for this year’s midterm election, the Center for Responsive Politics is projecting. That figure makes this year’s election by far the most expensive midterm...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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This reader liked the book, to say the least: ​I am 69, an atheist, and a retired engineer. Until I read about Waking Up on the Dish, I had never heard of Sam Harris. Because of his book, not only will I die happily, I will be happier for the rest...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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I guess this was inevitable, if hilarious. After the Palin family got itself into a drunken brawl at someone else’s house, in which Bristol Palin is alleged to have punched the owner in the face multiple times – partly confirmed, by the way, by her...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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That latest from Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Our present ratings leave Republicans with 49 seats and Democrats with 47 seats, with four Toss-ups: Georgia and Louisiana, which both might be heading to overtime, and Colorado and Kansas, where incumbents Udall...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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On top of the modest travel restrictions from the DHS, the CDC announced yesterday that anyone traveling from the epicenters of the epidemic will be monitored for 21 days after they enter the US: Tom Frieden, director of the CDC, said that anyone arriving...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Female nerds take a stand: I think your reader is a perfect example of everything that is wrong with this particular sordid corner of NerdCulture. As a woman, I earned my nerd status in exactly the same way as every other picked-on kid in school ever...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Ingraham draws attention to a new study on teen pot use and IQ: Even heavy marijuana use wasn’t associated with IQ. “In particular alcohol use was found to be strongly associated with IQ decline,” the authors write. “No other factors were found...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Here is a Facebook photo of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. He was 24 years old. pic.twitter.com/Be0bMlANBl — CTV News (@CTVNews) October 22, 2014 The Globe and Mail reports on Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the suspected shooter. He had been named a “high risk traveller”...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Ann Friedman raises an eyebrow at empowerment conferences: These conferences all follow a similar formula. Take a vintage feminist icon (Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda), a Clinton, a media maven (Arianna Huffington or Tina Brown, but probably not both),...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The WaP0 reports on the autopsy report of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot to death in Ferguson. It “suggests that the 18-year-old may not have had his hands raised when he was fatally shot”: Experts told the newspaper that Brown was first...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Emily Singer introduces the innovative research of Harvard biologist Michael Desai, who “has created hundreds of identical worlds in order to watch evolution at work”: Each of his meticulously controlled environments is home to a separate strain...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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As the West suffers from an ongoing drought, Brad Plumer flags a sobering chart from The Hamilton Project’s “Nine Economic Facts about Water in the United States“: What’s interesting is that many cities in dry areas – Denver, El Paso, Phoenix,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Albert H. Teich urges legislators to chuck a part of the student visa process: The United States is in a worldwide competition for the best scientific and engineering talent. But its regulations and procedures have failed to keep pace with today’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Part of the liberal line in the political battle over Ebola is that we’d be much better placed to respond to the crisis if only Congressional Republicans would stop stonewalling the confirmation of Obama’s nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy to the post of...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Mike Konczal lets the air out of Cathie Jo Martin and Alexander Hertel-Fernandez’s claim that the US has a more progressive tax system than Sweden: They are measuring how much of tax revenue comes from the top decile (or, alternatively, the concentration...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, October 23, 2014
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The political philosopher John Gray is known, among other things, for his iconoclastic and often brilliant review essays (we recently featured his takedown of Richard Dawkins here). Anthony McCarthy returns the favor by panning Gray’s recent book,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Although the poet’s famed 1882 meeting with Oscar Wilde is now perhaps best known for alleged sexual shenanigans, David M. Friedman, the author of Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity, emphasizes the role their confab...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Tim Fernholz has a lengthy profile of the aerospace company: SpaceX currently charges $61.2 million per launch. Its cost-per-kilogram of cargo to low-earth orbit, $4,653, is far less than the $14,000 to $39,000 offered by its chief American competitor,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Ahead of Halloween, the Denver police department are warning parents about pot-infused edibles: Jacob Sullum is unconcerned: For years law enforcement officials have been warning parents to be on the lookout for marijuana edibles in their kids’ trick-or-treat...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Orin Hargraves insists they “form an extremely useful and functional part of every natural language”: When you use a cliche there is little chance of being misunderstood, and at the same time you have made a declaration of unity with your audience,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Some terrifying footage of the shooting at Canada’s Parliament today: Not a drill or a joke. A man was just shot at the war memorial in #ottawa. Lying beside the tomb — Peter Henderson (@Henderburn) October 22, 2014 Surreal photo from Ottawa: doors...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A self-identified nerd writes: I think what a lot of the commentary on GamerGate misses is that Nerd culture is by nature an exclusionary thing, and all claims of Nerdom being mainstream are a contradiction in terms. To be a nerd is not simply about...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Roberto Saviano believes that it’s a large part of its allure: [E]ach clan offers its own form of insurance. If you have a disabled child, your base salary rises. If (or when) you are killed, your family receives money for your funeral and a “death...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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An ISIS video released yesterday shows that one of the 28 bundles of arms the US airdropped to Kurdish fighters in Kobani early Monday fell into the militants’ hands: Video footage released by Isis shows what appears to be one of its fighters for in...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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It was “a kind of side-by-side square-dance style with arms intertwined,” according to new research that identifies a 385-million-year-old armored fish as nature’s first fornicator, the aptly named M. dicki. Click here to see the hot, SFW action....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Kevin O’Keefe sympathizes with Sam and his fans: Sam has been the victim of several close calls all season long. He was a seventh-round draft pick for the Rams, and as a defensive end, he had to fight for a permanent spot on the team against several...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A reader writes: I want to share with you an anecdote that I think powerfully illustrates the disconnect between the hierarchy and the sensus fidelium on how LGBT people should be treated by the church. I was born and raised a very conservative Roman...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Sam Wang illustrates how “the overall picture of 36 gubernatorial races is not breaking in the Republicans’ direction”: This chart—calculated from HuffPost Pollster data, using the median-based approach of the Princeton Election Consortium—shows...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The latest example: Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) raised some eyebrows on Monday when the Associated Press reported that he said Obamacare repeal wasn’t going to happen and opposition to the law was purely political. It was practically heresy for a Republican...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Tim Fernholz outlines the findings a new working paper by economists Gabriel Zucman and Emmanuel Saez, briefly referenced on the Dish last week, which “shows that growing income inequality is fueling a commensurate disparity in total wealth”: The...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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In lieu of a full-on travel ban, which would probably be counterproductive, the government has imposed new restrictions to ensure that travelers from Ebola-afflicted countries enter the US via airports with enhanced screening procedures: The Department...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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A new story in the Huffington Post confirms what I’ve been fearing for a while now: that the Obama White House, in particular chief of staff Denis McDonough, is now pulling out all the stops to protect the CIA as far as humanly possible from any accountability...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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But first, Lux Alptraum knocks much of the conversation around sexbots for omitting any consideration of female pleasure: [I]t is women, not men, who are the primary purchasers of sex toys, and thus the consumers most likely to literally take them home....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Emily Tamkin explains how some Japanese companies date back to the 8th century: Even though primogeniture faded with the 20th century, owners still often pass their companies on to a single heir—although keeping business in the family is often aided...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Natasha Geiling reminds us that earlier this month in 1849, the writer was found “delirious and dressed in shabby second-hand clothes, lying in the gutter” in Baltimore. He died a few days later – and we still don’t know why, exactly. Geiling...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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