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Priya Kumar explores the pros and cons of sharing baby photos on social media: It’s tempting to suggest that parents shouldn’t post baby pictures online, but this ignores the very real benefits they experience from doing so. Sharing pictures online...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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A reader writes: This is an issue that chafes me to the core. I’m an oil and gas attorney in Houston (although I’m moving in-house with a Dallas-based midstream pipeline company next week). The political parties are strangely upside-down on this...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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House Republicans just filed their lawsuit against Obama “over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.” Michael Lynch and Rachel Surminsky list reasons the lawsuit is likely to...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Relatively speaking: Illegal immigrants do not cause exploitative employers to put Americans out of a job. Rather, the toleration of exploitative employers is what creates the demand for illegal immigrants. To illustrate this, look to Europe. In August,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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The administration “erroneously” over-counted Obamacare enrollments by “incorrectly adding 380,000 dental subscribers to raise the total above 7 million.” Jonathan Cohn calls the error “inexcusable.” McArdle face palms: Adding in a bunch...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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One writes: Watching Obama last night, I really felt that the quotation from scripture was the most powerful part of his speech. For too long the GOP base has wanted to have it both ways on immigration and Christianity. On the one hand, they consider...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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He has no formal legal training: Jacob Berlove, 30, of Queens, is the best human Supreme Court predictor in the world. Actually, forget the qualifier. He’s the best Supreme Court predictor in the world. He won FantasySCOTUS three years running. He...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Elizabeth Kolbert takes to task Naomi Klein’s latest book for downplaying those costs: The need to reduce carbon emissions is, ostensibly, what This Changes Everything is all about. Yet apart from applauding the solar installations of the Northern...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Marcotte spotlights the gender breakdown in Congress: As reported by both Nia-Malika Henderson of the Washington Post and Rachel Maddow this week, Republicans announced the chairmanships for next year’s House committees. Twenty out of 21 of the spots...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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James Poniewozik defends his decision to avoid a certain trope: We all have our not-for-me markers with fiction: mine is kids in peril. It’s not that I can’t appreciate, even enjoy a series based on it; Broadchurch, about the aftermath of a child’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Leonid Bershidsky regrets that that Obama’s executive order did little for skilled immigrants: On the surface, there is little the president, without Congress’s help, can do for skilled migrants. The Immigration and Nationality Act allows only 65,000...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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This 'Bio-Bus' in London is fueled by human poop. No, this is not a story from the Onion. http://t.co/oXnXCYxHsf pic.twitter.com/PXvQXFSgC0 — Transport Solutions (@transolutions) November 21, 2014 As of yesterday, residents of Bath in southwest England...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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The Obama administration, it is now beyond dispute, is in thrall to the CIA. The president, through his chief-of-staff, Denis McDonough, has been doing all he can to render the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on torture unintelligible, if he cannot...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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In the wake of yesterday’s video of weed-smoking grandmas, a reader associates to this remarkable video from the 1950s: It’s hard to imagine seeing something like this on our screens today, isn’t it? But fascinating nonetheless, as our reader explains:...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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The essayist and critic George Scialabba has produced an absorbing account of his long struggle with severe depression – simply by reproducing selected intake reports and treatment notes from four decades of therapy and medication, adorned only with...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Freddie asks: [I]f you are a liberal internationalist, a humanitarian interventionist, you better be out there beating the drum for this reform every day. You better be going on cable news, spending all of your political capital trying to make this happen....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Virginia Hughes looks at the science on why people have pets: If pet-keeping were a purely (or even largely) biologically driven trait, it would be difficult to explain why its popularity has spiked in the last 200 years, and particularly since World...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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This is a truly clarifying argument: The idea that in a free society absolutely everything should be open to debate has a detrimental effect on marginalised groups. Debating abortion as if it’s a topic to be mulled over and hypothesised on ignores...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Joe Klein welcomes Jim Webb’s presidential run: He will be a refreshing presence on the campaign trail. He doesn’t talk like a politician. He can be blunt and combative. He has taken strong populist economic stands and was a strong opponent of the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Noam Scheiber highly doubts it: [T]he conservative message machine has gone on at length about the “constitutional crisis” the president is instigating. The right has compared Obama to a monarch (see here and here), a Latin American caudillo, even...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Student says books in his backpack saved his life during FSU shooting: http://t.co/hOEt56UePr pic.twitter.com/t1al9BcXhy — ABC News (@ABC) November 21, 2014 Myron May, the man who shot and wounded three people at the Florida State University library...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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That’s Walter Dellinger’s determination: The idea that the immigration plan just announced by President Obama is a lawless power grab is absurd. As the Justice Department legal analysis that was just released amply demonstrates, much of the advance...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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No nuclear deal in sight as US and Iran both leave talks in Vienna just days before deadline http://t.co/BLVJJkaFP1 pic.twitter.com/wsQ9fiDy94 — AJE News (@AJENews) November 21, 2014 Monday is the deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Here’s what Obama did last night: Ezra requests that Republicans formulate a real response: Republicans need to decide what to do with the 11 million unauthorized immigrants living in the country now. They need to take away Obama’s single strongest...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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I can now have temporary status, a work permit–and see my Mama in Philippines after 21yr separation @DefineAmerican #ImmigrationAction — Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) November 21, 2014 For Jose Antonio Vargas, the executive action Obama took...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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It’s significant: The key question, though, is whether even within the GOP, there is a split between younger and older voters on climate change. Sure enough, our poll suggests that this is the case … What this shows is that age matters above and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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The speech in full (transcript here): Chris Cillizza thought the speech “fit more neatly into the Obama of the 2008 campaign and the first term of his presidency — heavy on inspiration and imagery, relatively light on details and depth”: It’s...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Well, I should confess something up-front. I found the president’s peroration deeply moving as an immigrant myself who has experienced a little of the fear and insecurity that being in some way on the wrong side of the immigration services can incur....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Bill Gardner reviews research on the question: Jon Krosnick, Wendy Gross, and colleagues at Stanford and Kaiser ran large surveys to measure public understanding of the ACA and how it was associated with approval of the law. They found that accurate...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Friday, November 21, 2014
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Compared to most other GOP presidential contenders, Christie isn’t well liked by Republicans: Despite such numbers, Mark Leibovich sees the logic of a Christie run: There is a theory in presidential politics that electorates will gravitate to the candidate...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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The latest YouGov poll illustrates how quickly Americans have moved on from freaking out about the disease and the government’s response to it, indicating that media sensationalism and partisan politics infected far more Americans than Ebola ever will:...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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“The framers of our Constitution, wary of the dangers of monarchy, gave the Congress tools to rein in abuses of power. They believed if the president wants to change the law, he cannot act alone; he must work with Congress. He may not get everything...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Image from #Rochester pic.twitter.com/rOjTgpskmF — Emily Thornberry MP (@EmilyThornberry) November 20, 2014 It’s a very big day in British politics, as the polls close in the Rochester by-election, where the anti-immigrant and anti-EU party, UKIP,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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A reader wrote recently: I haven’t bought a t-shirt because that’s not so much my thing. I eagerly await a coffee mug though. A mug with a beagle on it would make my mornings brighter. We looked and labored over a dozen different mug options and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Alex Nowrasteh claims that the “economic impact of this legalization will be positive”: In the wake of the 1986 Reagan amnesty, wages for legalized immigrants increased – sometimes by as much as 15 percent – because legal workers are more productive...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Protesters were arrested last night. And a court decision could drop tomorrow: The grand jury hearing evidence on the Michael Brown shooting is preparing to meet Friday for what might be its final session, and a decision on whether to charge Officer...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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He launched a presidential exploratory committee. Tim Murphy quips that Webb’s announcement video “looks like it was filmed by the people who make commercials for personal-injury attorneys.” Regardless, Larison is pleased by the news: Assuming...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Lauren Fox reports on the thinking of Republicans: Many rank-and-file Republicans see an upcoming funding bill that must pass by Dec.11 as the party’s best shot to stop Obama from implementing his immigration plan. Boehner has signaled that “no option”...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Well, weed, to be precise. And look at how their lives fell apart as soon as they touched it:...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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I’ve long been a fan of Uber. As someone who doesn’t know how to drive, it’s been a godsend. The cab industry deserves all the competition it can get. It empowers individual entrepreneurs and uses technology in ways that improve everyone’s lives....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Aaron Blake tries to square the circle: While polling has long shown a clear and strong majority of Americans support a path to citizenship, some recent polls have shown far less support for legal status. While the NBC/WSJ poll shows Americans oppose...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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We really are back to the 1990s when I find myself agreeing with Jonah Goldberg: We live in an age of diversity, defined not merely by gender and race, but by lifestyles and values. That’s mostly a good thing — mostly. Like all other good things...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Alice Robb flags a new paper in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing: A team of researchers led by John Pedoza, an associate professor of marketing at the University of Kentucky, found that we assume that food made by a socially conscious company...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Derek Thompson highlights a remarkable tool that “may soon further diminish the importance of actually hearing artists perform”: Next Big Sound, a five-year-old music-analytics company based in New York, scours the Web for Spotify listens, Instagram...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Whoopi Goldberg, a diehard Polanski defender, is skeptical of the allegations against Bill Cosby: Readers react to the disturbing story: I certainly understand Barbara Bowman’s anger. I think the answer to her question, of course, has more than a little...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Autoscatto papale (col cellulare) #PapaFrancesco pic.twitter.com/nCvuxLdmwD — Fabio M. Ragona (@FabioMRagona) August 29, 2013 Responding to a book by Jeffrey Kluger, Brooke Lea Foster defends today’s young adults from accusations of narcissism: [A]re...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Smart Pipe, the latest in the Adult Swim Infomercial series of recent viral fame, gives a new meaning to disruptive innovation: Recent Dish on technology and excrement here....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night features a vampire heroine who claims her victims in a chador: Performed entirely in Farsi, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is set in Bad City, a fictional Iranian ghost town (played...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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Claire Lower mulls over the links between “food pornography” and the real thing: Food porn, like pornography, is all about visual stimulation. Food is posed,painted, injected with fillers (chicken legs are made plumper with mashed potatoes), and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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In an interview about her book Citizen: An American Lyric, the poet and playwright Claudia Rankine recalls visiting Ferguson, Missouri a week after the protests began this summer. She describes how visiting the memorial reminded her of classical tragedy:...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Saturday, November 22, 2014
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