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The Delicate Art of Memory

The staggering success of Edmund de Waal, an obscure British potter-turned-writer, is among the strangest literary phenomena in recent memory. His first book, The Hare With Amber Eyes (2011), was an unlikely bestseller if ever there was one. “I don’t really want to get into the sepia saga [...]

Climate Change Conference

Climate change. The New York Times has this report. On the car radio yesterday, all the nay-saying pundits wanted to do was link it to terrorism. I learned nothing except what a waste of time it is to listen to cable news. Here's a thread to… [[ This is a content summary only.  [...]

The annual congressional waste-watching ritual gets a new twist

To the annals of government projects that congressional budget hawks find questionable, wasteful and even droll add 100 more, highlighted in a new report from Sen. James Lankford. The Oklahoma Republican, picking up the waste-cutting legacy of his predecessor, Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), on [...]

10 Things You Should Know About the Killing of Laquan McDonald by Police

One week ago, Chicago officials finally released a disturbing video of police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald—an incident that took place back in October 2014. The day before it was released, Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, but many [...]

Here Are the Latest Developments From the Planned Parenthood Shooting in Colorado

Three people died and nine others were wounded on Friday after a gunman opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Gov. John Hickenlooper on Sunday called the shooting “a form of terrorism” and said the United States needs to do more to “ke [...]

Donald Trump and Ben Carson may lead in the GOP primary polls, but if one of them actually became the nominee, some Republicans might not v [...]

The Planet’s Most Important Meeting, Decoded

This story originally appeared in Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. This week, more than 140 world leaders are gathering in Paris to kick off tense two-week treaty negotiations over the fate of a planet in crisis. If this were about any topic other t [...]

On Saturday, attorneys for the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot to death by a Cleveland cop last November, released t [...]

When photographer Malcolm Linton and journalist Jon Cohen visited Tijuana in 2012, Linton was struck by the Tijuana River Canal, with its r [...]

Intersection Episode 10: Being Melissa Harris-Perry Is a Full-Time Job

Subscribe in iTunes   •   Stitcher   •   RSS Feed Professor, feminist, TV host, activist, mom, rabid hip-hop fan. Melissa Harris-Perry works seven days a week balancing all her identities, and she isn’t stopping anytime soon. Besides hosting her e [...]

Conservatives’ Planned Parenthood Response: Who Are You Calling a Radical Terrorist?

The right’s reaction to the deadly holiday weekend shootout at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs—a white evangelical redoubt of a rapidly diversifying state—followed a predictable trajectory through what you might call the five stages of information loop closure. First, denial, refl [...]

Tips about Creating a Resume Cover Letter While Returning to Workforce

I have attempted informed manifesting processes for 13 years now. For 5 years I’ve trained others the equipment that named’Manifesting Outcomes’. Some people arrive at the course using a judgment that I’m planning to train them how to reveal. The poor news is that  [...]

Activist Lori Berenson Finally Allowed to Return to U.S.

After 20 years, activist Lori Berenson, convicted of aiding leftist rebels in Peru, is finally returning home to New York. The 46-year-old has been living quietly in Lima with her 6-year-old son since her 2010 parole because she was barred from… [[ This is a content summary only. Vi [...]

Lebanon and al Nusra Prisoner Swap Underway

Lebanon and al Nusra have finally agreed on the terms of a prisoner exchange for the 16 Lebanese military members held hostage by the al-Qaida linked group since August, 2014. Nusra delivered the soldiers to the release point last night. The… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit [...]

Ben Carson’s claim that the federal government should ‘return’ public land to states

“The fact that the government owns 2.4 billion acres of land is ridiculous. What do they need with all that land? I would advocate returning land to the states. It’s not like they’re irresponsible people who don’t care what happens, you know. I just don’t see any benefit from the gove [...]

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Open thread for night owls. Hertsgaard: Leading proposals at Paris could be disastrous

At The Nation, Mark Hertsgaard writes that the emissions-controlling proposals pushed by the most powerful governments represented in the Paris climate talks would produce a disastrous result: “There is such a thing as being too late,” Obama said today in his speech to the 21st Conferenc [...]

The very white and European ‘Gods of Egypt’

There was a movie back in the ‘90s called White Man’s Burden that starred John Travolta and Harry Belafonte. Its premise was an alt-history where Africans colonized North America and Europeans are the oppressed underclass in the United States. The film wasn’t that great, but i [...]

Donald Trump ponders charging CNN for his debate participation

MACON, Ga. — Donald Trump has threatened to charge CNN $5 million for his appearance in the next Republican presidential debate, which the network will host on Dec. 15 in Las Vegas. “How about we do this for CNN: I won’t do the debate unless they pay me five million  [...]

The Necessity of Football

One of my earliest assignments as an associate producer at NFL Films, the cinematic and mythmaking arm of professional football, was to splice together montages of the best plays, catches, bloopers, and hits from the week’s games, and synchronize them to the stirring orchestral themes f [...]