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Beware the Sexy Professors

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11 months ago

In Super Sad True Love Story, Gary Shteyngart’s dystopian novel about life in New York City in the very near future, everybody is glued to their uber-iPhone-esque devices that, among other things, collect and transmit data on the “fuckability” of everyone in the room. It’s a crass culture ...

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Pope Francis Lifts a Page from John Locke

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12 months ago

In his beautiful, wide-ranging, 12,000-word interview published in the journal America, Pope Francis is drawing accolades from many and frowns from religious conservatives for his comments regarding the waning emphasis on homosexuality, contraception and reproductive rights that has marked his ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Syria Crisis May Be Over

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12 months ago

An hour ago, the Associated Press is reporting, Syria agreed to dismantle its chemical weapons program to avert a U.S. strike.  Here is the tweet: This may solve the international crisis before Congress calls a vote on the authorization to use force sought by the White House and should, if ...

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Tonight: A Live Blog of Obama’s Big Syria Speech

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12 months ago

When President Obama addresses the nation from the East Room of the White House tonight at 9:01pm, he will face one of the most challenging tasks of his presidency. The stakes are high. Syria has deployed chemical weapons against its own people, effectively torturing and killing thousands of ...

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Does Obama Really Want to Strike Assad?

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12 months ago

“I’m not itching for military action.”     — Barack Obama (Friday, September 6) I feel for Obama. The 43rd president has had his share of crises to handle in the first four and and half years in office, but the decision on what to do with regard to Syria is probably his diciest. There are ...

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Why People Die Trying to Outrun Tornadoes

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about 1 year ago

With severe and potentially deadly weather continuing tonight in the central United States, an important reminder of what not to do from a post on last fall's tornadoes in Oklahoma: The people of Oklahoma City suffered their second violent bout of tornados in as many weeks on Friday evening ...