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The Case Against Repatriating Museum Artifacts


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Who should own antiquity?

America’s Disgruntled Civil Servants

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America’s federal workforce is increasingly disenchanted.

People Walking Out on Obama Campaign Speeches?

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Yahoo has given a click-bait headline to a Reuters report, “Obama makes rare campaign trail appearance, people leave early.”

4 of AP Top 5 From SEC West

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Four teams from the SEC West—two each from Mississippi and Alabama—are in the top 5 of the AP poll. AP (“SEC is 1st conference to put 4 in top 5 of AP poll“): The Southeastern Conference has reached a new milestone in The Associated Press college football poll, becoming the first league to place four […]

Obama and Ebola: Perception and Reality

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The president is frustrated.

Are Billionaires Replacing Political Parties?

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Rich guys are backing organizations that are taking over traditional party functions. Is that a problem?

Joe Biden’s Son Kicked Out of Navy Reserve For Cocaine Use

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Poor Joe Biden can’t stay out of the news. This time, it’s not one of his gaffes but one by his youngest son.

GOP Digs HRC with 404 Page

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Slate‘s Will Oremus calls attention to a clever Republican jab at the Democratic frontrunner for 2o16: “The Republicans’ 404 Error Page Is a Hillary Clinton Joke.” The Republicans have not lately been known as the party of Internet savvy, as eventheir own party operatives will admit. But give them credit, at least, for making the best […]

Extreme Fitness Obsession

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Heather Havrilesky asks, “Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?

Sinking MSNBC to Shuffle Lineup Yet Again

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MSNBC’s attempt to be the liberal Fox News isn’t working.

Are The Culture Wars Over?

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Bill Scher examines “How Republicans Lost the Culture War.”

The Magnitude of the Air War Against ISIS

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The U.S. Air Campaign Against ISIS Is Much Bigger Than You Think

Why Top Students Are Being Rejected by In-State Colleges

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Their places are being filled by students who pay higher tuition rates.

Is Amazon a Monopoly?

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Frank Foer proclaims, “Amazon Must Be Stopped. It’s too big. It’s cannibalizing the economy.”

Turkey Refusing to Fight ISIS Right on Its Border

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A massacre is about to unfold “a stone’s throw” from Turkey’s border.

Germany Promises Expanded Military Role But Its Military Isn’t Ready

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Germany’s new defense minister has promised a more robust role but lacks the ability to back her words with action.

Sweden Will Recognize Palestine

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Sweden is set to recognize Palestine as an independent state.

Parenting as a Gen Xer

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We’ve got one foot in two very different technological worlds.

Why Costco Gives Free Samples

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People possess a strong reciprocity instinct and are much more likely to purchase a product if they’ve taken a free sample.

US Marine First Casualty in Fight Against ISIS

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Corporal Jordan Spears died in a V-22 accident in operations against the Islamic State.

What If Republicans Retake the Senate?

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Could the GOP offer a positive governing agenda if they controlled Congress?

Amazon Employees Demand Pay for Waiting in Line

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Amazon warehouse workers want to be paid for time going through security checks to leave work.

When Should Generals Resign in Protest?

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Elected representatives, not soldiers, make policy. But there are times when generals should make a stand.

‘Tom and Jerry’ Cartoons Get ‘Racial Prejudice’ Warning

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The classic “Tom and Jerry” cartoons of the 1940s and 1950s come with a “racial prejudice” warning from Amazon.

New York Times Cutting Staff Again

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The nation’s newspaper of record is slashing its reporting team.

Amal Alamuddin Marries Actor

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Making the rounds today: “Internationally acclaimed barrister Amal Alamuddin marries an actor.”

CIA’s Stealthy Starbucks

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WaPo’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux reports that, “At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert.”

‘Khorasan Group’ is US Creation; It’s Still Dangerous

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The Khorasan Group is, functionally, al Qaeda. Or is it?

Mind-Blowing Maps

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Trending on Twitter this morning is a collection of infographics compiled by Ezra Klein under the heading “22 maps and charts that will surprise you.”

Wikipedia Wants to Eliminate The Federalist! Oh, noes!

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When I saw the entry at memeorandum proclaiming that “Wikipedia Is Now Trying To Eliminate The Federalist’s Online Entry,” I was flummoxed.

Yahoo Directory Goes Way of Alta Vista

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Danny Sullivan reflects on the end of another era.

Oklahoma Beheading Linked to Islam

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A fired Oklahoma worker beheaded a woman and was attacking another when he was shot. Workplace violence? Or terrorism.

Tony Bennett’s Amazing Life

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Only one man can say that he has both recorded a jazz album with Lady Gaga and liberated a Nazi death camp.

10 Drinks a Day is a Lot of Drinks!

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The Ezra Klein-less Wonkblog makes us feel good about our drinking habits.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Delay El Al Flight Over Women Passengers

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There is apparently such a thing as too Jewish.

English-Speaking People Don’t Speak Second Languages

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Americans have long been lampooned for not speaking a second language. Now our cousins across the Pond are getting it, too.

ESPN Was Right to Suspend Bill Simmons for Calling Roger Goodell a Liar

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The Worldwide Leader has a conflict of interest. But it handled it correctly in this case.

Fixing Comments Sections with Financial Incentives

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Jess Zimmerman offers “An ingenious way to save the comments section,” if she does say so herself.

Qatar Won’t Host World Cup, Says FIFA Official

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A member of FIFA’s inner circle says Qatar won’t be hosting the 2022 World Cup after all.

South Park Trolls Washington Redskins

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The South Park gang is weighing in on the Washington Redskins name controversy in classic style.  TPM: South Park aired a season 18 preview in which the show takes on the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name during the team’s Sunday game. In the promo, Redskins owner Dan Snyder asks that other companies stop using […]

‘Daily Show’ Ambushes Redskins Fans in Unfair Segment

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These segments are usually unfair; they outdid themselves this time.

Why Did England Allow This Vote?

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The thought they’d win big and silence the Scottish separatists. They were wrong.

Texas Rangers Call Up Minor League Coach with Parkinsons So He Can Have Health Insurance

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A heartwarming story. But why don’t minor league coaches have insurance?

Israel’s ‘Secret’ Nukes

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Everyone knows that Israel has had nuclear weapons for decades. Don’t tell anyone—it’s a secret.

Reading is Apparently Good For You

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Dedicated reading improves our brains and our health—unless it’s on a computer screen.

Chinese Airlines Rebrand ‘First Class’ as ‘Business Class’

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A scandal erupted when the Chinese people learned their leaders were flying first class and staying in five-star hotels. Problem solved!

Bernie Sanders May Run for President in 2016; Outcome Same Either Way

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Self-described socialist Bernie Sanders is contemplating an independent run for the presidency.

Does The Army Still Have a Race Problem?

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The Army brass is worried about its diversity in critical mid-level posts.

Software Patents are Crumbling

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The courts have been striking them down at a dizzying pace since June.

Obama’s Astrategic ISIS Strategy

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The plan won’t achieve achieve its stated goals.

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