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by andrew sullivan

The in-tray has been brimming with backlash over my criticism of the president on Iraq. I’m glad to air it – and it’s made me think hard about it again. First round of dissent here. Another: I share every one of your concerns regarding Obama‘s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Tomasky wishes Obama would treat Americans like grown ups and admit that we can’t: We’ve been trying to destroy Al Qaeda for 13 years now. We have not. We will not. And we will not destroy ISIS. We can’t destroy these outfits. They’re too nimble...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Yishai Schwartz offers up one, arguing that the president’s approach to ISIS has been perfectly coherent, and not just a reaction to the beheading videos or polls: Obama began ramping up interventions in Iraq well before these murders, and he did so...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Today, president Obama is announcing a major effort to help stem the spread of the outbreak in West Africa, relying primarily on our African military command: The unprecedented response will include the deployment of 3,000 U.S. military forces and more...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Same Wang examines the Scottish polls: Thursday’s election will be extremely close, thanks to the elusive quality of political momentum. Shown above are the results of opinion surveys conducted in Scotland on this question. Each data point shows the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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El fenómeno “Bacha Posh”, niñas afganas obligadas por sus padres a vivir como niños> http://t.co/Vv3KiMGtTB pic.twitter.com/wSaW6QTy3n — Telecinco.es (@telecincoes) May 21, 2014 In an essay adapted from her forthcoming book, Jenny Nordberg...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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.@Cosmopolitan is endorsing candidates for the first time this year. Here's how we decided which candidates to back: http://t.co/da4L0uusKt — Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) September 8, 2014 Elizabeth Nolan Brown praises Cosmopolitan for addressing...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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To qualify for asylum in the US, immigrants have to prove not only that they have a credible fear of persecution in their home countries but also that they belong to a particular social group and is being persecuted because they belong to that group....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Aaron Blake highlights a Pew poll that shows Americans are united in their support for military action against ISIS: But that unity is only a few inches deep. That’s because it’s becoming clear that Republicans are angling for a more active role...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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David Roberts contrasts preventing climate change with adapting to it. He focuses on the altruism of global warming prevention: Remember the famous carbon time lag: Carbon emitted today affects temperatures 30 (or so) years from now. So mitigation today...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
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Leonid Bershidsky reflects on Angela Merkel’s latest response to it: At Sunday’s rally, people held up signs that said “Jew-hate — Never Again,” but today’s anti-Semitism in Germany has little to do with its previous incarnation: Demonstrators...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Elias Groll and Simon Engler round up some of the worst offenders, like Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe: “ISIS, they are really bad terrorists, they’re so bad even al Qaeda is afraid of them,” Inhofe told a local Fox station last month. “They’re...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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In Obama’s reluctance to refer to his military operation against ISIS as a war, Uri Friedman reads an implicit embrace of the notion of perpetual war: The distinctions between war and peace, of course, have long been murky (think America’s “police...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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The World Health Organization recently released a report (pdf) illustrating suicide risk across the globe. Tanya Basu unpacks it: One dramatic trend the WHO reports is that countries in the developing world have suicide rates that are many times higher...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Aaron Blake flags a new poll showing lackluster public confidence that Obama’s approach to ISIS will work, even though most support military action against the group: This vote of no/little confidence, without a doubt, owes in part to the tough situations...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been accused of beating his kid. Amy Davidson runs through what appears to have happened: This preschooler wasn’t paddled or, as Peterson put it to police, “swatted”; he was whipped with a stick and left...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The House is working on an authorization to arm the “moderate” Syrian rebels: The House Armed Services Committee has drafted an amendment to grant authorization to the President to arm and train Syrian rebels opposed to the Islamic State of Iraq...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Well this is embarrassing. I’ve been righteously hauled in front of the language observers for the following boo-boo: But it could give the neocons a new leash on life, a way to invigorate their exhausted ideological engines. (Andrew Sullivan, The...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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“This is all because, I mean, count the number of times he uses the word I in any speech, and compare that to any other president. Remember when he announced the killing of bin Laden? That speech I believe had 29 references to I – on my command,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The Economist explains how the Scottish National Party (SNP) came to power in Scotland: The disadvantage of first-past-the-post systems … is that by raising the threshold of parliamentary dominance, they contain the possibility of sudden, violent shifts...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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355 votes for. #EU Association Agreement has been ratified. Glory to Ukraine! pic.twitter.com/7gybntBX8d — Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) September 16, 2014 The Ukrainian parliament had two big items on its agenda today: In a vote synchronized...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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A reader writes: Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD. If I’m right, my self-esteem will be temporarily bolstered. Camden Yards actually wasn’t too far off. Another reader: Looks like Harbor Yard, home of the Bridgeport Bluefish in Bridgeport, CT. It’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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This fall, we’ll begin to see the impact of the new bishop of Rome on the church with the opening of the October Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, focusing on the family and evangelizing in the modern world. There isn’t much...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Ali Murat Yel defends Turkey’s reluctance to join the war coalition against ISIS: Public opinion in Turkey holds that a Muslim cannot be a terrorist and any terrorist cannot be a Muslim. In other words, terrorism and Islam cannot be reconciled. This...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Ben Jacobs calls Bill Clinton’s speech “the most memorable moment” of the pro-Hillary event in Iowa: Bill Clinton lit into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is facing a tough reelection bid in Kentucky. Clinton trotted out a new attack...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Alex Morris pinpoints it: Tragically, every step forward for the gay-rights movement creates a false hope of acceptance for certain youth, and therefore a swelling of the homeless-youth population. … Research done by San Francisco State University’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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A reader succinctly sums up a common sentiment in the in-tray: Give the president some time and see how this works out. I can’t believe that after six years of meep meep, you keep freaking out like this. Another adds, “Is it too much of a cliché...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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In a really terrific post during my vacation, Freddie DeBoer nailed something to the cross: It seems to me now that the public face of social liberalism has ceased to seem positive, joyful, human, and freeing. I now mostly associate that public face...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Maryn McKenna flags a paper that attempts to calculate the outbreak’s reproductive number (i.e., the number of cases likely to be caused by one infected person) and comes to a startling conclusion: The Eurosurveillance paper, by two researchers from...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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In response to A.O. Scott’s essay on the death of adulthood in popular culture, Freddie sighs, “To believe that different types of cultural products should exist, and that some of these should create artistic pleasures based on work, ambiguity, or...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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The NYT’s Senate forecast is trending towards Democrats: Nate Silver’s calculations have also become more Democrat-friendly: When we officially launched our forecast model two weeks ago, it had Republicans with a 64 percent chance of taking over...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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While positing that “only matter exists,” Marcelo Gleiser also contends “that we know precious little, that we are surrounded by questions of such forbidding complexity that our knowledge will always be limited even if ever growing.” Why he finds...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Ken Burns’s multipart documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, premiered last night. Damon Root reviews it: [W]hile the film is clearly pro-Roosevelt in its leanings, it does make room for certain contrarian views. Among The Roosevelts‘...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Richard Rodriguez names the writers who influenced his approach to the form: There was Joan Didion—the Didion of those glorious California essays of the sixties. Because she was from Sacramento and writing about the Central Valley when I first read...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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#ISIS supporters vandalized churches in Tripoli #Lebanon. Graffiti reads: Islamic State is coming pic.twitter.com/faQMWXh0wg — Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) September 2, 2014 Sulome Anderson checks in from Tripoli, the northern Lebanese town that has...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Kay Hymowitz responds to Claire Cain Miller: The jumping off point of [Miller's] piece will be familiar to anyone who has kept a casual eye on gender gap research. Mothers earn less than fathers with similar credentials and laboring in similar occupations....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Urban Outfitters hits new low with faux blood-stained Kent State sweatshirt http://t.co/f1BT9AQgS4 pic.twitter.com/YyofpX7FuF — HuffPostBiz (@HuffPostBiz) September 15, 2014 The Zoolander Award for fashion absurdity has introduced Dish readers to everything...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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In an excerpt from his new book The Meaning of Human Existence, E.O. Wilson sums up an evolutionary history of selfish and cooperative tendencies. “In a nutshell,” he writes, “individual selection favors what we call sin and group selection favors...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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As you are by all accounts aware, the US now faces its deadliest foe, its most terrifying enemy – the likes of which we have never seen – in the deserts of Iraq. If we do not send ground troops into that country again, we will all die at home, says...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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The Cruz event was clarifying. We now know he will troll victims of genocide. And we know who will defend and praise him for it. — Michael B Dougherty (@michaelbd) September 14, 2014 The fallout continues from Cruz throwing a group of Arab Christians...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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The loyalities of the Syrian rebels that Obama's strategy depends on are all over the map http://t.co/7Bzd33RigG pic.twitter.com/OvCpuxd5t5 — The New York Times (@nytimes) September 13, 2014 Juan Cole complicates the administration’s plans to fight...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Ilya Somin takes down John Yoo’s defense of the Obama administration’s argument that the 2001 AUMF grants the president authority to go to war with ISIS: Yoo claims that the 2001 AUMF [Authorization for Use of Military Force] authorizes preemptive...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Stop posting those screencaps of #ISIS propaganda. Post this instead (h/t @SajadJiyad): #DavidHaines pic.twitter.com/o4HliTPgt6 — Neetzan Zimmerman (@neetzan) September 13, 2014 Another video emerged Saturday night showing the beheading of British...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Discussing his new book, Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, Sam Harris uses the above image to explain why: It certainly looks like there is a white square in the center of this figure, but when we study the image, it becomes clear...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Well, it wouldn’t be the first time. Ambers, whose views I deeply respect, urges all of us to take a chill pill. He thinks this is simply part of the global police operation that we allegedly consented to in 2001 and that it’s vastly better and different...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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love hopes all things bears all things believes all things endures all things. love never ends. — danièle watts (@danielewatts) September 11, 2014 And gets hassled by the police because they suspect she is a prostitute. Ashley Southall tells the story...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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I’d argue that one of Barack Obama’s core weaknesses these past six years has been his appeasement of the CIA. It’s an agency that has come to believe that it is above the law, outside any constitutional accountability, and empowered to fight countless...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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The Obama administration is now saying that “several” Arab countries will participate in an air war against ISIS, but won’t say which: Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking from Paris, declined to say which states had offered to contribute air...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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Henry Farrell flags a paper (pdf) on sites that “allow users to ‘upvote,’ or ‘downvote’ posts and comments”: [The researchers] use some complicated statistical and experimental techniques to reach two key findings: (1) People who write low...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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An anecdotal glimpse into the absurdity and hypocrisy of the “war on drugs”:
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, September 15, 2014
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