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by andrew sullivan

Readers begin to share their stories: Being left out of the official statistics are people like me who purchased new policies directly from insurance carriers. Pre-ACA, they would not have insured me for any amount of money due to a long list of pre-existing...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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As pot becomes fully legal in some parts of the country, we may soon be better able to discuss its many positive benefits for both the individual and society. At some point, the cannabis movement, like the marriage equality movement in the 1990s, will...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Michael Bloomberg plans (NYT) “to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.”...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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In a landmark ruling yesterday, India’s Supreme Court decided that transgender individuals need no longer identify themselves as “male” or “female” on official documents. The court also called for an expansion of rights: Hijras are deprived...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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In an essay on the experience and expression of female pain, Leslie Jamison considers cutting “an attempt to speak and an attempt to learn”: There’s an online quiz titled “are you a real cutter or do you cut for fun?” full of statements to...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Journalist Jo Becker has a new book out on the marriage equality movement. The revolution began, it appears, in 2008. And its Rosa Parks was a man you would be forgiven for knowing nothing about, Chad Griffin. Here’s how the book begins – and I swear...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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According to @RollingStone cover, John Hancock signed the US Constitution… #Merica #History pic.twitter.com/BdwsAned7f — Lori (@LoriGGFilmz) April 10, 2014 Jill Filipovic suggests that the Rolling Stone gaffe that has fact-checkers around the world...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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In case anyone doubted his intentions, here’s what Putin said on live TV today: “The Federation Council granted the president the right to use military force in Ukraine,” he said, referring to the upper house of parliament. “I really hope that...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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I’m not sure what Thomas Aquinas – peace be upon him – would make of this latest revelation about “natural law”: Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 have discovered little-known cave insects with rather...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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When your premise is that the marriage equality revolution began in 2008, that the movement was only then re-branded around the themes of family values and toleration, that the subject had been languishing in obscurity before the gay “Rosa Parks”...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Putin Riot in eastern Ukraine (via @tagesspiegel_de ) http://t.co/KKGtqdubb6— Nina van Lanschot (@ninavanlan) April 16, 2014 Joseph Burgo makes the case that the Russian president really does suffer from narcissistic personality disorder: In exploring...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A reader argues that our post was based on “a common misconception” about Lean In: Sandberg doesn’t champion working over staying home. When she tells women to lean in, she’s not telling them to work: she’s saying that for as long as they...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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In a late night fit of pique, I foolishly argued that Jo Becker’s new book trashing the entire marriage equality movement before 2008 should be withdrawn. It was a stupid thing to write. Of course it should not be withdrawn; it should be engaged, debated...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Amber Frost has the archival news footage to prove it: If you’re under the impression that tragic disasters used to be held in a respectable reverence in this country, please refer to the vintage bit of newstainment above, a 1937 Universal Studios...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Linda Holmes explains the premise of FX’s new Fargo series: It seemed, candidly, like an absurd idea when FX announced that it was making a TV series based on Fargo, the Coen Brothers film from 1996. That was a completed story that didn’t lend...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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In a review of Lydia Davis’s new story collection Can’t and Won’t, Christine Smallwood observes that the famously concise writer “makes the impossible look easy”: Like Proust, whom she has translated, Davis writes the act of writing itself....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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A few readers complement this post with some class writings: I’m heavily invested in the notion that idleness, laziness, and procrastination are vital to the full flowering of human life. (If they aren’t, I’m fucked.) I’m reminded of this passage...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Reason checks in on the growing 3D printing industry: The latest breakthrough: For the first time ever, scientists have 3D printed a cancer tumor in order to study how to kill it. Growing cancer cells in a laboratory is nothing new—it’s often...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Seth Masket reviews many studies on the question: Your allies may be quick to abandon you during a scandal if you’re expendable (think John Edwards), but if you’re, say, the president, they may be more likely to rally to your side. Scandals may...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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And so we begin to get into – finally! – a real debate about foreign policy within the GOP. With Ron Paul, the neocon stranglehold on Republican foreign policy was easily maintained. With Rand Paul? Not so much. And so we have three sallies against...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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A new study reveals that people often lie while exchanging sexy texts with their significant others: “Deception during sexting with committed relationship partners appears to be fairly common,” writes a research team led by Michelle Drouin of...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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DL Cade flags the above video on Schlieren Flow Visualization, “a photographic trick that allows you to see density changes in air and, therefore, actually capture sound waves on camera”: Starting off with a simple diagram and heat as an example,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram kidnapped some 100 teenage girls from a government school in the northeastern state of Borno on Monday. Zack Beauchamp expects the group to hold the girls for ransom: “Their goal is almost certainly to ransom...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Leonid Ragozin explains why many Ukrainians are disillusioned with both Kiev and Moscow: Southeast Ukraine may be the world’s most difficult and unwelcoming environment for fomenting a genuine protest—stability tops the list of local values and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley put his signature on the state’s marijuana decriminalization bill on Monday. Katie Zezima sees this as another example of O’Malley “tacking to the left and burnishing his liberal credentials“: While other...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Josh Rogin explains why the administration is taking so long to announce new sanctions on Russia in response to its provocations in Ukraine: There is still some internal disagreement inside the Obama administration over whether to proceed with sanctions...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Jason Koebler highlights a study linking pot to brain abnormalities in young people: High-resolution MRI scans of the brains of adults between the ages of 18-25 who reported smoking weed at least once a week were structurally different than a control...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Ned Parker previews the April 30th elections: For months, suicide bombers have been dynamiting themselves in crowded Shiite markets, coffee shops, and funeral tents, while Shiite militias and government security forces have terrorized Sunni communities....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Timothy Snyder, whose historic analysis of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine is worth reading in full, situates Putin’s ideology within the rising tide of far-right nationalism in Europe: More than anything else, what unites the Russian...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Syria Deeply is publishing the diary of a teenage girl living in Syria. A moving passage from the first entry: I remember well the day cattle food, or fodder, was smuggled into the city. We milled the animal feed to make dough. It didn’t take us...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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There are plenty of imponderables left on the fate of the ACA, Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement. Premiums could still spike later this year; the full data on the numbers with actual, paid-for health insurance via the exchanges is not yet...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Martin Furmansky chronicles the history of dangerous viruses escaping from labs. The bottom line: Looking at the problem pragmatically, the question is not if such escapes will result in a major civilian outbreak, but rather what the pathogen will...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Ted Trautman explores America’s public toilet regulations, which still mandate gender-segregated restrooms in most states and cities: Many states follow the guidelines laid out in the Uniform Plumbing Code, which stipulates that “separate toilet...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Alex Heimbach points Harry Potter superfans to Hogwarts is Here: The website works as a sort of cross between a MOOC (massive open online course) and an RPG (a role-playing game, like Dungeons & Dragons). You start by creating an account and choosing...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Zachary M. Seward finds that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scoring big in movie theaters worldwide: America’s greatest export is entertainment, and its improbable brand ambassador is now Captain America. The second installment of Marvel’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Itella, the Finnish postal service, has approved stamp designs based on the homoerotic art of Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland: Laaksonen remains a towering and iconic figure in the gay art scene. His sketches, often explicit, were unapologetic depictions...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Adam Grant (NYT) discusses how parents can successfully impart moral values to their children: In a classic experiment, the psychologist J. Philippe Rushton gave 140 elementary- and middle-school-age children tokens for winning a game, which they...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Stephen Burt identifies a new current in poetry: [Nearly Baroque] poetry seeks the opposite of simplicity, preferring the elaborate, the contrived, taking toward sound play and simile the attitude of King Lear: “O, reason not the need!” But it can...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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In a review of François Laruelle’s Principles of Non-Philosophy, Keith Whitmoyer considers the virtues of stepping outside of the philosophical domain: It seems that most philosophers have taken their turn defining (and defending) the meaning and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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Ian Crouch visited a memorial to the Boston marathon bombing, which occurred a year ago today: Last week, to mark the anniversary of the attacks, the Boston Public Library opened an exhibition called “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial”...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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First lab-grown vaginas, now lab-grown noses: The biomedicine team at the University of Basel has reported the first ever successful nose reconstruction surgery using cartilage grown in the laboratory. The team took cells from five patients’ nasal...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Jonathan Cohn celebrates tax day by calling for higher taxes: [T]axes in the U.S. are among the lowest in the developed world. The average for countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, an organization of rich countries,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Joshua Keating highlights it: Even at an annual growth rate of 5 percent, which seems extremely optimistic, it would take Syria 30 years to get back to its pre-war GDP, according to a recent analysis by Jihad Yazigi, a visiting fellow at the European...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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John Paul Rollert traces the pursuit of self-interest over three centuries. He focuses on Ayn Rand and her influence: [C]apitalism is the only economic system in which [Rand wrote] “the exceptional men” are not “held down by the majority” and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Max Fisher points out that the Passover seder is a popular ritual among American Jews, even those who aren’t observant: Passover, which commemorates the ancient Jews’ Biblical flight from Egypt to Israel, is celebrated by nearly three out...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Brian Feldman narrates what went down in Nevada this weekend: Government officials from the federal Bureau of Land Management attempted to seize cattle from a Nevada farmer over the weekend, arguing that the farmer, Cliven Bundy, owed money to the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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A group of researchers studied the decline of “Blogestan,” the Iranian blogosphere: Filtering hit Blogestan hard, modifying the diversity of voices within the Persian blogosphere. As one writer explained: “They showed me a stack of papers, each...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Christopher Beam spent time with a Chinese football team, the Dockers, and their American coach, Chris McLaurin: [T]he greatest cultural gap between McLaurin and the team seemed to be the willingness to draw up every last bit of oneself and smash...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Researcher Meredith Ringel Morris found that new parents are too busy to post to Facebook: After a child is born, Morris discovered, new mothers post less than half as often. When they do post, fewer than 30 percent of the updates mention the baby by...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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Suspect in Kansas killings, ex-Special Forces soldier, founded NC Klan group ow.ly/3jizB2 #NCpol #p2 http://t.co/xJpXpq8wob— R.Saddler (@Politics_PR) April 15, 2014 The alleged Kansas shooter made no effort to conceal his hatred of Jews: In a 2010...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, April 15, 2014
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