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by andrew sullivan

A reader saw a missed opportunity: “We tend to focus far too much on outward symbols (like Prius driving) in judging whether people are energy conscious.” How could you post that quote from Chris Mooney without referencing the Prius scene from South...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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A reader sighs: What is wrong with this administration when it comes to their healthcare overhaul? They cannot be this dumb: Under current rules, consumers who do not take action during the open enrollment window are re-enrolled in the same plan they...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Aaron David Miller and Jason Brodsky are skeptical that the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program, which were just extended, will ever bear fruit, given the toxic domestic politics in both Tehran and Washington. “But,” they add, “there may...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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YouGov measured it recently: Russell Moore observes that “the Ferguson situation is one of several in just the past couple of years where white and black Americans have viewed a situation in starkly different terms”: White Americans tend, in public...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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A reader scans the photo: I have no idea where this week’s VFYW is taken and I am so glad I don’t live there. Another heads down the yellow brick road: I was lost on this one until I started watching The Wizard of Oz last night. It’s obviously...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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#UVA shuts down Greek life activities amid sexual assault scandal. @JuliannaGoldman reports http://t.co/f7oDGoa9oq pic.twitter.com/N8WJZ8LcSd — CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) November 24, 2014 In a deeply reported, deeply disturbing story published...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Art critic Jerry Saltz worries that “the decency police” have taken over his field. He ponders why “there’s enormous controversy going on around anyone deemed not to have one’s sexual and racial political papers totally in order, using the...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Every now and again, it’s worth acquainting the deep narrative about a failed presidency with the facts. If a Republican had presided over the energy revolution of the past few years, you’d never hear the end of it. But shale has changed a lot: Net...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Chris Mooney flags a study suggesting “the climate issue may have become so politicized that our very perceptions of the weather itself are subtly slanted by political identities and cues”: Comparing Gallup polling results from early March 2012 (just...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Wednesday, November 26, 2014
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A reader very close to the controversy writes: I saw your blog post about the feministic censoring of my debate in Oxford. I thought you might be interested in my piece about this debacle published in this week’s Spectator. The terrible irony of my...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Wow: This Started Out As A Small Kitchen Fire And It Grew Into Something Amazing http://t.co/L93eXTRIJ6 pic.twitter.com/z2zgSWuiyk — ClickHole (@ClickHole) November 24, 2014 Room for Debate covers the insidious practice. Jazmine Hughes feels condescended...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Last night prosecutor Robert McCulloch complained that “the most significant challenge encountered in this investigation has been the 24 hour news cycle and its insatiable appetite for something, for anything, to talk about, following closely behind...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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BREAKING. Prime Minister Netanyahu to announce his choice for Secretary of Defense to replace Hagel in December — MJ (Mike) Rosenberg (@MJayRosenberg) November 24, 2014 While the White House is at pains to say he was not fired, it sorta looks that...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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"It will be an image that may endure beyond Barack Obama's tenure."That split-screen moment: http://t.co/c3TrcROHeM pic.twitter.com/gQzb1r77Lr — Jill Disis (@jdisis) November 25, 2014 Last night, Beutler called on the president to give a big speech...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Picture says so much: confusion, despair, anger in #Ferguson. (Photo: @Reuters) pic.twitter.com/sEcoqot96a — Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) November 25, 2014 “It looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked.” Read the #FergusonDecision: http://t.co/oKLK32UayR...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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The four-time DC mayor died yesterday at age 78. David Remnick remarks, “When Marion Barry was running the city as mayor, and then in his wilderness years—as prisoner, outcast, and councilman—what you thought of him depended largely on who you...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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The anti-affirmative action group Students for Fair Admissions is suing Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill, claiming that their admissions policies discriminate against Asian students: The lawsuit filed against Harvard cites an Asian-American student who was...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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A reminder from our announcement post: This navy-colored coffee mug is very high quality, holds a generous 15oz, and, during our caffeine-addled test phase, it proved very durable. So the sturdy mug should last a long time in any Dishhead’s kitchen...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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In response to the recent spate of “lone wolf” terror attacks in Jerusalem, Israel revived its controversial practice of demolishing the homes of the perpetrators last week: Israel on Wednesday blew up the house of Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, a 21-year-old...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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New polls indicate that the executive action on immigration reform Obama announced last week enjoys widespread backing from Latinos and millennials: Almost 90% of Latino voters say they “support” or “strongly support” Obama’s executive action,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Amanda Taub explains why – and advocates for making it easier: Paul Cassell, on the other hand, defends the grand jury process and criticizes some Michael Brown supporters: Did the grand jury get it right — that is, was there insufficient evidence...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Sean Trende is concerned about the unintended consequences of Obama’s executive order: Contrary to some of the louder reactions, our Republic can withstand this breach. The real problem is that our history suggests that once these norms are violated,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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After seeing the evidence, John McWhorter is skeptical: [A]s someone who has written in ardent sympathy with the Ferguson protests, I find this hard to write, but I have decided that it would be dishonest of me to hold back. As I have written endlessly,...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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I was on break when the killing of Michael Brown – and the subsequent uproar – took place. And so I’m both unqualified and qualified to offer my two cents on the case. I’m unqualified because I didn’t go through the collective experience of...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Rashad Robinson wants the DOJ to charge Wilson: Now, justice for Brown lies in the hands of president Barack Obama and US attorney general Eric Holder. The Department of Justice is investigating the death and has the power and responsibility to arrest...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Freddie declares “this outcome, and so many like it, are the result of a system functioning the way it is intended to function. Racism is baked right into the foundation”: Every one of those grand jurors might have hearts of purest gold. The outcome...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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From a writeup of last night’s grand jury decision: Wilson testified that Brown punched him in the head after the door-slam, causing him to fear for his life. The teen took off after the first two shots but then stopped, the officer said. “His right...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Michael Brown's mother. pic.twitter.com/x64SMrtxRL — Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) November 25, 2014 Bob McCullough: No charges will be brought against Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. — Colorlines.com (@Colorlines) November...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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In a review of three recent books on education, Jonathan Zimmerman argues that “the biggest insult to the intelligence of American teachers is the idea that their intelligence doesn’t matter”: “The teaching of A, B, C, and the multiplication...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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D.H. Dilbeck parses Robert L. O’Connell’s Fierce Patriot: The Tangled Lives of William Tecumseh Sherman, an “effusive new biography” that “frequently offers an outright apologia” for the Civil War general sometimes accused of war crimes and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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Alyssa Rosenberg revisits the debate over manners: Civil disobedience often tests the desire of powerful organizations to be seen as legitimate and bound by clear rules and standards — it is, essentially, a test of manners and norms. There is something...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Another strike against Manhattan: Henry Grabar flags new research suggesting that circular cities are superior to their elongated counterparts. He notes a paper by MIT scholar Mariaflavia Harari, who “analyzed more than 450 Indian cities to elucidate...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Ani Ucar reports on the gay wing at LA’s Men’s Central Jail “an exceptionally rare, if not unique, subculture, the only environment of its kind in a major U.S. city”: Nothing like it exists in America’s 21 largest urban jails, all contacted...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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I’ve long been fascinated by Angela Merkel, and not entirely sure why. She’s been German Chancellor for nine years now, is the most powerful politician on the continent, and has approval ratings of over 70 percent. And yet she somehow eludes easy...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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It could create a backlash: Unless people provide updated information and have their eligibility re-determined, most who received subsidies for marketplace coverage in 2014 will automatically receive the same dollar level of subsidies in 2015. (These...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Christin Scarlett Milloy couldn’t get a mortgage approval, because she couldn’t get a photo ID, because she’s transgender: I sat on the phone and patiently explained why I can’t provide photo ID. Because I don’t have any. Because the government...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Steve Jimenez is not interested in allowing the liberal media monitor to slime his book on the Matthew Shepard murder while offering no substance to back up their claims. In Out magazine, he challenges their assumptions: In its attacks against me and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Joseph Stromberg flags the above document (pdf): According to the blog Scholarly Open Access, this PDF made the rounds, and an Australian computer scientist named Peter Vamplew sent it to the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology in response...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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A reader is moved by this post: I have sat in the waiting room of my vet’s office three times a week for the last two months, waiting while my beautiful Maine Coon gets subcutaneous fluids for his failing kidneys. I have seen an entire cross section...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Emma Green passes along a worrying survey: As of 2014, it’s estimated that nearly half of Americans—49 percent—say natural disasters are a sign of “the end times,” as described in the Bible. That’s up from an estimated 44 percent in 2011....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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John Kerry has obviously had enough of the never-ending nuclear negotiations with Iran. pic.twitter.com/kPi5UFJ9s4 — Gregg Carlstrom (@glcarlstrom) November 24, 2014 After failing to reach a permanent agreement, the officials representing Iran and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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The in-tray keeps getting flooded with feedback on this subject: Here is my take, as a long-time reader, on the reason so many of my fellow Dishheads have written in to express disappointment with the coverage of feminist issues on the Dish. I read articles...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Julia Azari suspects “strong executive action enjoys more legitimacy when it’s taken by a Republican president than a Democratic one”: Obama’s supporters on the left haven’t really developed a good political story about why governing through...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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It’s live right now.
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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That’s how Eric Posner describes Obama’s executive action: The point is not just that Republican presidents can do what Obama has done. It is that enforcement discretion creates an advantage for Republicans—it favors conservative governance and...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Jeremy A. Greene is alarmed by the cost of certain generic drugs: Drugs previously available at pennies per pill now cost hundreds of dollars per bottle. And not just esoteric, small-market drugs, either: the antibiotic doxycycline, a workhorse drug...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Or – the best way to fight back against a paparazzo: @diplo should we do something about your tiny penis while we're at it hm — Lorde (@lordemusic) November 13, 2014 Also remember Jamie Fawcett we hv pictures of ur tiny penis & rather large gut....
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Derek Thompson shares the above chart on gender and generation in the workforce: Intergenerational economic inequality is declining: The gap between male and female wages among Millennials is lower than it was among boomers or Gen-X. But the pernicious...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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In an excerpt from The Formula, Luke Dormehl raises concerns about law enforcement’s increased use of algorithms: As slashed budgets lead to increased staff cuts, automated systems have moved from simple administrative tools to become primary decision-makers...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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Isn’t there something quite delicious in the House Intelligence Committee’s conclusion that there is nothing – absolutely nothing – scandalous about “Benghazi” apart from what we knew already: that the outpost was poorly protected and that...
From: The Atlantic | By: Andrew Sullivan | Monday, November 24, 2014
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