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by andrew sullivan

It’s hefty: A new report estimates the cost of mitigating the effects of climate change could rise by as much as 40% if action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is delayed 10 years — immediately outweighing any potential savings of a delay. The...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Noah Smith hails the congressman’s anti-poverty plan as “a sea change in the way Republicans see the role of government”: In his first inaugural address, Ronald Reagan famously declared: “In this present crisis, government is not the solution...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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First up, a call to locate arms: I’m addicted to your weekly window contest. It is challenging, fun, and a great distraction. But there might be more practical uses for the skills involved in solving the contest. Recently, several bloggers have been...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Jason Millman sums up the Medicare trustees’ report: This year’s verdict: Medicare’s hospital insurance trust fund will be solvent through 2030, which gives the program four more years of solvency than projected in the trustees’ 2013 report....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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In a post yesterday cheerily titled “We experiment on human beings!”, OkCupid co-founder Christian Rudder admitted to conducting Facebook-style research on OKC users. As Sonali Kohli sniffs, the experiments “mostly show that people are extremely...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Orders are starting to pour in for our new t-shirts and polos, both detailed here. One happy customer writes: Finally, Andrew, finally. I can now claim my Dishness loud and proud wandering around Denver. Order placed! This little experiment of yours...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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It’s hard to recall now but Tony Judt was once ostracized and vilified for writing this (among other things): We can see, in retrospect, that the victory of Israel in June 1967 and its continuing occupation of the territories it conquered then have...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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A reader adds to the other near-death experiences sparked by Sarah Bakewell’s How To Live: I am 65 years old. In 1958, when I was 9, I suffered a ruptured appendix that was misdiagnosed as flu, so I lay in my bed for a week getting sicker and sicker...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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“Readers don’t trust sponsored Content…” says sponsored content sponsored by sponsored content company Contently. pic.twitter.com/PNKyXtsMpk — Jack Marshall (@JackMarshall) July 28, 2014 At some point, the shoe was always going to drop on the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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The new French law demanding transparency on whether restaurant dishes are homemade continues to cause controversy. Marc Naimark points out that the law assumes ready-made as the default: If you’re the kind of consumer who likes to know where your...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Lovely sunny day pic.twitter.com/dyyEl3mU3R — Herdwick Shepherd (@herdyshepherd1) May 26, 2014 Noting that Michael Oakeshott’s classic essay, “On Being Conservative” (pdf) was published nearly sixty years ago, Aaron Taylor notes a few of the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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The Israeli army is employing what Jesse Rosenfeld calls scorched earth tactics in Gaza, practically leveling entire neighborhoods, as the UN satellite photo above illustrates: The Israeli military, relentlessly and methodically, is driving people out...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Josh Voorhees spells out his main concern with the Ryan plan, i.e., that the block grant mechanism he proposes for assistance programs like SNAP will result in benefit cuts: Under the current setup, any American who qualifies for SNAP benefits receives...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Aaron Blake parses a new Pew poll asking Americans who’s to blame for the war in Gaza: While all age groups north of 30 years old clearly blame Hamas more than Israel for the current violence, young adults buck the trend in a big way. Among 18 to 29-year...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Amanda Marcotte explains: It’s hard to believe it was possible, but anti-vaccination fanaticism has taken a darker turn, as Chris Mooney reports for Mother Jones: Now, it’s not just vaccines that parents are foolishly rejecting for their children,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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A new Economist/YouGov poll further illustrates the widening partisan gap on immigration and the isolation of Republicans in particular: While most say they have at least some sympathy for the children, a majority of Republicans reports little or no...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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German Lopez voxplains Congress’ plan to fix the VA, which was unveiled yesterday with much bipartisan back-patting: The bill sets $10 billion for a pilot program that reimburses private care for veterans who live more than 40 miles from a VA facility...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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In response to the NYT’s pro-pot announcement, Nate Silver calculates that around 77 percent of Americans who fit the NYT editorial board’s demographic profile support legalization: [P]eople with this demographic profile are somewhere around 25 or...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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As we await the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Bush-Cheney torture program, some of those likely to go down in history as war criminals are gearing up for a self-defense. George Tenet, we are told, is among them. Here is how...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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We’re in the midst of it: The outbreak is unprecedented both in infection numbers and in geographic scope. And so far, it’s been a long battle that doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The Ebola virus has now hit four countries: Sierra Leone, Guinea,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook,Daily Show Video Archive Josh Rogin and Eli Lake autopsy John Kerry’s failed Gaza ceasefire proposal: Two Israeli government officials told The Daily Beast that Israel could...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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A reader writes: Andrew, you said in your appreciation of Montaigne: Skepticism is not nihilism. It doesn’t posit that there is no truth; it merely notes that if truth exists, it is inherently beyond our ultimate grasp. And accepting those limits is...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Jordan Weissmann argues that Paul Ryan’s anti-poverty plan is a solution in search of a problem, and that the safety net as it is has been successful at keeping most Americans out of long-term poverty: In 2011, according to the Survey of Income and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Exclusive: CNN’s Wolf Blitzer goes inside Hamas tunnel, about 45 feet underground. IN-69MO pic.twitter.com/MmG1l74EkY — CNN Newsource (@CNNNewsource) July 28, 2014 Ben Caspit attributes the Israeli public’s willingness to stomach a ground invasion...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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John D. Sutter doesn’t understand why we don’t eat dogs: The United States euthanizes 1.2 million dogs per year, according to the ASPCA. Would eating them be so different? It actually could be seen as helpful. “[U]nlike all farmed meat, which requires...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Serhiy Kudelia expects that, if Ukrainian “insurgents are pushed out of big cities, the ongoing asymmetric warfare in Donbas that will be fought largely by conventional means is likely to take the form of an underground guerrilla movement”: Similar...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Its official. Samah and I are off to “Burning Man” this year. Scratch one from the Bucket List. — Grover Norquist (@GroverNorquist) July 28, 2014 Now I really am scared by the naked bike ride. See you there, Grover!...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Rebecca Traister mulls the lack of big political donors among women: [M]en have known for generations how to use money to exert influence and buy access, shape policy, and make inroads into the world of electoral politics. Women, by contrast, historically...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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ISIS said to deploy all-female brigade in Raqqa, #Syria to crack down on non-compliant women. http://t.co/IwSnCJb1k9 pic.twitter.com/dUTLWWTZNn — Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) July 16, 2014 As ISIS commands all women in its domains to veil their faces or...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Michael Marder defends (NYT) Heidegger’s philosophy from the anti-Semitism present in his diaries: [N]one of the recent revelations about Heidegger should be suppressed or dismissed. But neither should they turn into mantras and formulas, meant to...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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New research suggests that employers should give up trying to woo job interviewees: [P]articipants asked to entice the applicant were poorer judges of character than those explicitly asked to evaluate them. A follow-up field study found similar effects...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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While not all Jews support Israel’s actions in Gaza, some people – as previously discussed here – are holding all Jews responsible. Eli Lake spells out where he believes the line falls between criticism of Israel and anti-Semitism: The atmosphere...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Late last week, Obama rolled out a proposal to start processing refugee status applications from young, would-be migrants in Honduras before they make the treacherous northbound journey (NYT). The pilot plan, which could be expanded to El Salvador and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Jonathan Freedland senses “a weariness in the liberal Zionist fraternity,” as the Gaza war once again forces the Israeli left to wrestle with the dissonance of their principles and their loyalties: But underlying this fatigue might be a deeper anxiety....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Kriston Capps notes a new study indicating that recent changes in the housing market “essentially wiped out the gains made by black homeowners since the 1970s”: The survey controlled for “trigger events” that increase the likelihood that homeowners...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Following the recent debacle in Arizona, Ben Richmond determines that the death penalty is in decline: Add up the 18 states where the death penalty is abolished, the three western states where the governors have placed formal moratoriums on executions,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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A new ad for Cheerios champions stay-at-home dads: A reader responds to a recent post on paternity leave and masculinity: There’s nothing more manly than taking paternity leave. Any stigma around it is tied to a general misunderstanding of its purpose....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Over the weekend, the US released “proof that not only is Russia delivering heavy artillery for pro-Russian rebels, but it is actually firing rockets in eastern Ukraine from its own territory.” Rosie Gray collects further evidence: On Wednesday,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Ramesh argues that liberals can and should play ball with Paul Ryan and embrace some of the ideas in his anti-poverty plan: For a politician, Ryan has shown a lot of willingness to revise his proposals in light of reasonable criticism. His ideas for...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Daniel Berman doubts it: In effect, what Israel can do militarily is to kill a lot of people, the majority of which will probably be Hamas members or supporters, but which will do nothing to politically advance Israeli security beyond demonstrating to...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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In 2012, Obamacare advisor Jon Gruber said, “if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits,” an interpretation of the ACA that supports the anti-Obamacare Halbig ruling. He made this...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Whole blocks of apartment houses destroyed in Shijaiyah. Scale is far far greater than previous Gaza wars. http://t.co/vaZgKcay9Z— William Booth (@BoothWilliam) July 26, 2014 The Gaza war continues, despite an uneasy calm during the Eid al-Fitr holiday,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Finally – after lots of your input – we’re psyched to offer you a choice of four custom Dish shirts. If you’re dying to take a look and want to skip the descriptions below, head straight to our storefront and buy your shirt now! We thought we’d...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Wouldn't have predicted this 5 years ago: @nytimes calls for federal marijuana legalization nytimes.com/interactive/20…— Joshua Green (@JoshuaGreen) July 26, 2014 Over the weekend, the NYT editorial board declared that the “federal government should...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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The US embassy in Libya was evacuated over the weekend: The U.S. Embassy in Libya evacuated its personnel on Saturday because of heavy militia violence raging in the capital, Tripoli, the State Department said. About 150 personnel, including 80 U.S....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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After the Israeli police spokesman gaffed to the BBC that the casus belli of Netanyahu’s latest war on Gaza was a lie – that Hamas orchestrated the murders of three teens – Eli Lake sprang into action. You can tell where Eli is coming from by his...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Jan Mieszkowski suggests there’s little to be gained by watching conflicts unfold in real time: As movie and television-news producers have lamented for the past decade, people aren’t particularly enthralled by battlefield scenes – at least not...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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The BRICS countries recently established $100-billion development bank that some say could rival the World Bank. Ali Burak Güven believes it could shake up the world of development financing: [I]f its evolution even remotely parallels that of the World...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Josh Harkinson considers the environmental costs of no-kill dairies: If all dairies became slaughter-free, we’d need three to four times as many dairy cows to produce the same amount of milk, which would mean adding at least 27 million additional cows...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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Yes, there is now an online video channel for the former half-term governor. (Conor watches so you don’t have to.) The subscription costs ten times the Dish’s. Not even Roger Ailes can cramp her style now. Twitter? Well … #PalinTVShows is going...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, July 28, 2014
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