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  • This Washington Post Headline Is the Funniest Thing You'll Read All Weekend

    24 January 2015, 2:31 pm by: Ben Dreyfuss

    Got the winter blues? Well, turn that frown upside down! Here's a thing to make you smile.…
  • This Is Why Under-Inflated Footballs Could Have Given Tom Brady An Advantage

    23 January 2015, 6:20 pm by: Tim McDonnell

    To those of us for whom the nuances of professional football tactics are a bit of a mystery, there was one question looming over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's surreal Ballghazi press conference yesterday that went unanswered: What's so great, in…
  • Black Man Lawfully Carrying Gun Gets Pummeled by White Vigilante at Walmart

    23 January 2015, 4:40 pm by: Inae Oh

    There is no shortage of debate about whether allowing citizens to carry concealed guns makes society safer. You may be shocked to learn that the answer could depend in part on the color of a citizen's skin.…
  • Melinda Gates Shames Anti-Vaxxers "Who Have Forgotten What Measles Death Looks Like"

    23 January 2015, 4:20 pm by: Inae Oh

    On the heels of an increasingly widening measles outbreak at Disneyland in California, where at least 28 of the people infected were reportedly unvaccinated, Melinda Gates is urging parents to take advantage of healthcare resources in the United States and…
  • We Haven't Been This Close to the Apocalypse Since 1984

    23 January 2015, 3:27 pm by: Will Oremus

    This story originally appeared in Slate and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.…
  • That Time Badass Feminist Queen Elizabeth II Gave Saudi Arabia's King a Lesson in Power

    23 January 2015, 2:22 pm by: Sam Brodey

    Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is known to have a wicked sense of humor, and some mean driving skills. One day back in 1998, she deployed both spectacularly to punk Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. Back then, Abdullah was a Saudi crown…
  • Friday Cat Blogging - 23 January 2015

    23 January 2015, 2:17 pm by: Kevin Drum

    I wrote this morning's short post and then spent the rest of the morning napping. This is ridiculous, and I don't know what's going on. I'm a thousand percent better than I was Tuesday and Wednesday, but still dog tired. One possibility is that this is due to…
  • No Money Left Behind: Education Entrepreneur Cashes in on Bush Family Ties

    23 January 2015, 1:12 pm by: Josh Harkinson

    In this week's New Yorker, Alec MacGillis discusses Jeb Bush's approach to education reform, the realm in which Bush, as Florida's governor, had sought to make his biggest mark. In 1995, his efforts to improve the state's public schools catalyzed his political…
  • John Boehner Faces a Revolt of the Moderates

    23 January 2015, 12:16 pm by: Kevin Drum

    Having awakened from my slumber, I see that John Boehner has a whole new problem on his hands. Apparently the rump moderate wing of the Republican Party is starting to feel itchy:…
  • "Be a Man." What Does That Even Mean?

    23 January 2015, 7:45 am by: Michael Mechanic

    Man up! Grow a pair! Don't be a pussy! That's the message boys still get from coaches and peers, movies and video games, and all too often their own fathers. It's the message those fathers grew up with, too.…

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