What Will Bernie?s Legacy Be?

August 20, 2016

Becky BondSabine Mirlesse for The New Republic You organized supporters in a very different way than Obama did. How come? We had a lot of people across the country willing to volunteer, but we didn?t have a lot of money in the early days. So we said, ?What if we use all these consumer technologies?like […]

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Statoil Submits Norway’s Astero/Byrding Field Plan

August 20, 2016

Norwegian operator Statoil has submitted a plan for the development and operation of the Byrding ? formerly Astero ? field in the northern North Sea to the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD), more than a decade after finding the oil and gas field. Byrding is a small oil and gas discovery in block 35/11 with estimated […]

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The Anti-Democratic Urge

August 19, 2016

Not all that long ago, everybody seemed to be cheering the rowdy resurgence of democracy. Social media was hailed for making our politics more inclusive and participatory. Opinion makers were praising ?the wisdom of crowds? and the creativity of the ?hive mind.? Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party uprising had unleashed a flowering of […]

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Trump?s Media Empire Takes Shape

August 18, 2016

Rapidly sinking in the polls and careening from blunder to blunder, Donald Trump has ordered the second major shake-up of his staff in three months. Paul Manafort, who was named campaign chairman in the previous shake-up, has failed in his attempts to domesticate Trump and help him pivot to a centrist message, and the Republican […]

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Does Literary Criticism Have a Grade Inflation Problem?

June 8, 2016

What if every book was worth reading? Not just the books with silver medallions on their covers, but every hardcover featured at Barnes & Noble, every paperback foisted upon you by a friend or a relative or even a stranger?what if they were all pretty good? That?s the sense one gets from Book Marks, a […]

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Ecumenical Patriarch calls on all Orthodox churches to take part in Pan-Orthodox Council

June 8, 2016

Responding to the refusal of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church to attend the Pan-Orthodox Council and indications that some other Orthodox Christian churches might withdraw, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has called on all Orthodox churches to attend. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church?s Holy Synod decided on June 1 to call for the postponement of the meeting, officially the […]

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How to Prosecute a War Criminal

June 7, 2016

In a 1924 article for the Frankfurter Zeitung entitled ?Journey through Galicia: People and Place,? Joseph Roth referred to this easternmost region of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire?and his homeland?as a ?maltreated, scorned corner of Europe? full of desolate villages and battle-scarred fields. There are some places where everything feels ?unreal.? ?In Lemberg it happened that […]

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Muhammad Ali?s Greatest Victory Came When He Didn?t Fight

June 6, 2016

Muhammad Ali was brutal in the ring. It?s painful to watch his early matches with Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and Ernie Terrell, which seem not at all like contests of equals but exercises in punishment and retribution verging on torture. Ali regarded these foes as not his boxing rivals so much as traitors to the […]

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Bernie Sanders Has Already Won California

June 6, 2016

Does the outcome of next Tuesday?s California primary matter? Conventional wisdom says no; news outlets are already pinpointing the precise time of the evening when Hillary Clinton will clinch the nomination with victories elsewhere?three hours before the polls close in the Golden State. Naturally, this perturbs Bernie Sanders fans, who see it as one more […]

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Bigfoot skull fossil is a amateur mistake of wishful thinking (UPDATED)

June 5, 2016

(Originally published on Jun 23, 2013)The assumptions in this story are astounding. Man believes he found fossilized Bigfoot head. ?I found a fossilized Bigfoot skull.? A journalist can go his or her entire life waiting to hear those six magic words. And yet, on a recent weekday afternoon, that very thing happened. Todd May, of […]

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Poll: Russians see US, Ukraine, Turkey as top 3 enemies

June 5, 2016

A survey by an independent Moscow-based polling agency has found that Russians believe their country has a trio of main enemies ? the United States, Ukraine and Turkey, in that order. The findings of the Levada Center poll, conducted among 2,400 people across Russia May 20-23, contain little new data other than Turkey?s inclusion in […]

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Divine Punches

June 5, 2016

Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times By Thomas Hauser (Simon and Schuster, 543 pp., $24.95) For even the knowing coves, for whom the significance of Muhammad Ali as a boxer and a cultural figure is beyond question, his eminence may be best understood by means of a particular set of comparisons, of a set of […]

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Do Our Stories Privilege the Upwardly Mobile?

June 4, 2016

Great literature is biased toward the culturally upwardly mobile: People who?ve moved in different parts of society tell more interesting stories than those who are already at the top of the ladder. That?s the built-in limitation of great novels: You?re always getting a story sympathetic to the triumphant. In politics, this poses greater problems. Conservative […]

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