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  • Sioux Falls Has a New Flag, and It’s Quite Fetching

    1 August 2014, 6:19 pm by: Mike Pesca

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  • Double Default

    1 August 2014, 5:24 pm by: Zachary Karabell

    On July 30, Argentina failed to make a payment on some of its outstanding sovereign debt. Which means that for the second time since 2001, Argentina has done what is increasingly rare for sovereign countries in the world today: defaulted on its debt.
  • August

    1 August 2014, 3:45 pm by: David Plotz

    Phew, that was a wild July. The House voted to sue the president, an Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc in Africa, and there seems to be no end in sight to the crisis in Gaza. Those of you hoping that August will cut us a break, be forewarned. It turns out that…
  • Fashion Quantified

    1 August 2014, 3:12 pm by: Alina Simone

    A woman breezes ahead of you on an airport walkway looking like a page out of Vogue. What is it about her, you wonder as you drag your squeaking roller-bag with a hoodie tied around your waist, that makes her so exquisitely fashionable? The classic cut of her…
  • Gaza’s Worst Day Yet

    1 August 2014, 2:00 pm by: William Saletan

    The cease-fire in Gaza has exploded. Friday morning, around the time the shooting was supposed to have stopped, militants fought with the Israel Defense Forces and reportedly captured a soldier, Lt. Hadar Goldin. The IDF, in response, has shelled the area,…
  • The West Bank by Bus

    1 August 2014, 1:42 pm by: Jon Emont

    Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter.
  • Brendan Gleeson Gets Biblical

    1 August 2014, 1:06 pm by: Dana Stevens

    Brendan Gleeson—the hulking, ginger-haired Irish character actor who’s been quietly improving every movie he appears in for the last 25 years—gets a rare and welcome chance to show us what he’s made of in Calvary, a black-humored drama about faith and…
  • What Happened at Slate This Week?

    1 August 2014, 12:18 pm by: Amanda Hess

    Greetings, readers of Slate Plus!
  • Goodnight Lemon

    1 August 2014, 11:37 am by: Dallas Jensen

    Since the moon was likely formed after a Mars-sized object slammed into Earth, sending hot rock into space, researchers believe Earth’s gravity pulled on the moon’s crust as it cooled and settled.
  • ABD Company

    1 August 2014, 11:04 am by: Rebecca Schuman

    When I first began my Ph.D., I kept hearing other graduate students bandy about the term “ABD,” but I had no idea what it meant. Arrested Botox Detonation? Anointed Between Demigods? I didn’t dare ask, because Rule No. 1 of Grad School Fight Club is that…

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