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by andrew sullivan

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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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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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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Pew looks at how conservatives and liberals consume their news: When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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How the fashion world is mourning Oscar de la Renta: http://t.co/UWSQox5MCY pic.twitter.com/3r8pjyC0Bm — ELLE Magazine (US) (@ELLEmagazine) October 21, 2014 Tanya Basu considers the legacy of de la Renta, who passed away yesterday: Before de la Renta’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 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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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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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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Christopher Dickey puts a fresh spin on the debate over whether arming participants in foreign civil wars “works”: Has the CIA failed repeatedly to meet its covert goals? Actually, the problem has been exactly the reverse. With the exception of the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 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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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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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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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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Beinart makes that clear: Given the overwhelming evidence, both from politicians and the public, that isolationism in America today is virtually nonexistent, why do so many high-profile commentators and politicians depict it as a grave threat? One clue...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Airbnb is having some troubles in New York: While it’s technically illegal for New York City residents to rent their entire place for fewer than 30 days at a time — room-shares and extended sublets are allowed — the city and attorney general’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Derek Thompson blames the media for overhyping – and thereby exacerbating – Ebola panic in the US: For the last two weeks, the American Ebola panic has been relentlessly overstated. When Gallup asked Americans if they were worried about contracting...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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And other quotes from a variety of gay and lesbian writers: Philip Kennicott looks back with ambivalence at the classic gay literature – think Oscar Wilde, Jean Genet, Andre Gide, and Thomas Mann, among others – that shaped the way he came to terms...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Elizabeth Nolan Brown asks whether it’s really necessary for strippers to have occupational licenses: Dancers and managers at a Washington state strip club are now suing to stop their county from releasing their names, photos, and other identifying...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Nate Cohn declares that “this is a great election. It’s way better than 2012. All around, it might be the best general election in a decade.” There are a dozen competitive and close Senate contests and, for good measure, there are another dozen...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Freddie considers the limits of art criticism in the Internet age, “a vast explosion in the analysis and examination of the art around us”: These efforts to cast the brute emotional power of art into the conventions of thinking are necessary, natural,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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During this relatively slow news week, a reader draws our attention to “the latest thing blowing up (a small corner of) the Internet”: Kathleen Hale, YA author and fiancée of Simon Rich (Frank Rich’s son) wrote this article about her experience...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Todd Starnes contends it’s a real threat: Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Despite recent gains by Kurdish fighters in and around Kobani, aided by the delivery of small arms and other supplies yesterday, Kiran Nazish reports that the situation in the area remains tenuous: Firas Kharaba, the leader of a Kurdish group, has been...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Doug Chini is pleased: You hear that Dish team? That sharp, repeating sound? That’s the sound of a happy Chini clapping. Nicely, nicely done. No landmarks, no giveaways, no mercy. THIS is how you do a view. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the hardest...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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As we enter a year of debate and discussion about the family in Catholic teaching, it’s obvious, thanks to Pope Francis’ skillful airing of the divides, that there is no consensus on the issues of treating the divorced or single parents or homosexuals,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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NSFW, because Oz: Readers point to some lesser-known films and shows with major peenage: I love that this is a current thread! Check out Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell (director of Hedwig and the Angry Inch) for some serious onscreen peen, and an...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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In our discussion of Sam Harris’ Waking Up, I want to try a different tack than in previous Book Club discussions. I want to throw this over to you as quickly as possible, rather than write a review of the entire book as an introduction. And with Sam’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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A reader writes: As a professor of religion, I cannot resist responding to Reza Aslan‘s latest effort to put foolishness in the mouth of “every scholar of religion.” According to him, the “principle fallacy” of “New Atheists” and many other...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Most of the midterm models expect Republicans to pick up 52 seats: Chris Cillizza notes that the Republicans’ chances of taking the Senate have improved. But Jonathan Bernstein focuses instead on the diminishing likelihood of a Republican blowout:...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Mary Pauline Lowry confesses to pyromania: The constraints of attentive parents kept my pyromania to a minimum for the next few years. I’d light a few matches while my mom was in the shower, or feed scraps of paper to the gas burner on the stove if...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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The above ad for BLAH Airlines – Virgin America’s parody of airline travel – is just a glimpse into the nearly 6-hour commercial tracing a flight from Newark to San Francisco. Jessica Plautz calls the full film “more than boring – it’s nearly...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Saskia Vermeylen considers what it might take to own a lunar homestead: If you just simply occupy a place and no one else can access or use it, aren’t you the de facto owner? Lawyers call this corporate possession (corpus possidendi) and it represents...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Matt O’Brien discusses a new paper showing how even “poor kids who do everything right don’t do much better than rich kids who do everything wrong”: You can see that in the above chart, based on a new paper from Richard Reeves and Isabel Sawhill,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Ronald Bailey digs through recent research: In a September study in the Journal of Marriage and Family, [Stanford sociologist Michael Rosenfeld] uses time series data from the How Couples Meet and Stay Together survey (HCMST) to probe the longevity and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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One of our midterm correspondents from the in-tray directs our attention to a “very important underreported story” in the Lone Star State: It’s not getting the attention it deserves here because of the sad state of both the news media and the Texas...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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Ron Cowen relays the news that scientists “have come closer than ever before to creating a laboratory-scale imitation of a black hole.” Why it’s important: The black hole analogue, reported in Nature Physics, was created by trapping sound waves...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, October 20, 2014
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