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  • The Year of the Dictator

    22 December 2014, 1:54 pm by: Eric Posner

    Last week, the Kenyan Parliament enacted a new counterterrorism bill amid scuffles and protests. Opponents argued that, by restricting liberties, the main effect of the bill was to increase presidential power rather than to counter terrorism. The U.S. State…
  • It’s a Bird

    22 December 2014, 1:31 pm by: Rachel Stewart

    Deep in the Amazonian rain forest, researchers came across an elusive bird’s nest and decided to film it. As the video above shows, when a chick hatched, they saw a creature that looked and behaved more like a toxic moth caterpillar than a baby bird.
  • The TV Club, 2014

    22 December 2014, 1:13 pm by: June Thomas

    Willa, Jim, and Mo,
  • How to Make Santa Real to Your Kids

    22 December 2014, 12:01 pm by: Lauren Naylor

    Deciding when, or if, to tell children the truth about Santa Claus is a subject of anguished annual debate. In the video above, The Shortcut proposes dispensing with that rite and making the ruse more fun for you and the kids. A little baking soda and a…
  • Dear Prudence Live Chat

    22 December 2014, 12:00 pm by: Emily Yoffe

    Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit…
  • Domestic Violence Is Violence

    22 December 2014, 10:49 am by: Nancy Leong

    On Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend Shaneka Thompson in the stomach. If that were all he did, most of us would never have heard of him today.
  • There Were No Selfies in the 1900s. But There Were Postcards.

    22 December 2014, 10:35 am by: Daniel Gifford

    This piece was originally published in Zócalo Public Square.
  • The TV Club, 2014

    22 December 2014, 10:31 am by: James Poniewozik

    Dearest telephiles,
  • Nordic Quack

    22 December 2014, 10:10 am by: Jeremy Stahl

    Nothing says Christmas like Donald Duck … if you’re Swedish. Every culture has its own holiday customs, and Jeremy Stahl, a non-Swede and a “partially lapsed Jew,” stumbled upon an odd one during a trip to Sweden. In the article reprinted below,…
  • Why Climate Change Isn’t a Sputnik Moment

    22 December 2014, 9:44 am by: Sharon E. Burke

    This article originally appeared in New America’s Weekly Wonk. On Thursday, Jan. 15, Future Tense—a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University—will hold an event in Washington, D.C., titled “How Will Human Ingenuity Handle a…

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