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Where Republicans Went Wrong in Kansas

Governor Sam Brownback confronted a fiscal crisis of his own making, and nobody’s happy with the outcome.<p>Last Tuesday in Topeka, Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas signed a $15 billion state budget that squeaked through the Republican-dominated Legislature after an unprecedented, 113-day session—more …

Battle Lines

Want to understand the jihadis? Read their poetry.<p>On October 11, 2014, according to Islamic State-affiliated Twitter accounts a woman going by the name Ahlam al-Nasr was married in the courthouse of Raqqa, Syria, to Abu Usama al-Gharib, a Vienna-born jihadi close to the movement’s leadership. <i>ISIS</i> …

Fortress Mamet

Where did the playwright get his gift for the swagger of American speech?<p>When I met David Mamet this summer, he made me the gift of a Boy Scout knife. On one side of the knife was the Scout motto: “Be prepared.” The words, which invoke both prowess and paranoia, seemed to sum up the twin themes of …

Seymour M. Hersh · The Killing of Osama bin Laden

The most blatant lie was that Pakistan’s two most senior military leaders – General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, chief of the army staff, and General Ahmed …

On Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was and is a turbulence, an anomaly among the major American writers of his period, an anomaly to this day. He both amazed and …

Literature

Game of Thrones Bloggers Debate the Finale, the Future, and Whether It’s Worth Sticking With the Show

Now that everyone has mourned Jon Snow and digested the season finale of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, we thought it was a good time to convene another superfan …

Miracle Village: the sleepy Florida town for sex offenders

Photograph: Sofia Valiente/Daniel Blau<p>‘You can’t talk to dead people any more ...’ Paul sitting beside his bed.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/16/1421421971777/6e3df7bb-20ae-48b4-8b74-8886d1fb3d78-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Sofia Valiente/Daniel Blau<p>‘You can’t …

How the Scientific Revolution made an honest man of God – Dallas G Denery II

Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows that God can speak. Over the course of six days, God speaks the world into existence and then speaks to both …

How Student Debt Stunts Financial Growth

Income-based repayment misses the mark when it comes to solving the most damaging effects of educational loans.<p>There was a time when conventional wisdom said that student debt is not a problem in and of itself—rather, “high” debt of $100,000 or more is the more pressing concern. A recent report …

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

The Complex Power Coupledom of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and political activist Sean Eldridge were once the ultimate team, but Hughes’s controversial purchase of The New Republic and Eldridge’s failed run for Congress made the once-heroes villains. Sarah Ellison looks at what knocked them off the pedestal.<p>On the morning …

The Mayor vs. the Mogul

Michael Bloomberg’s $9 billion identity crisis.<p><b>On November 5, 2014, Mike Bloomberg settled in front of a</b> Bloomberg terminal, logged on with his “B-unit” biometric identity card and prepared to send an email to his employees. He’d been gone 12 years, balancing budgets at City Hall and reshaping New …

Where Journalism Goes to Die

Glenn Greenwald, Pierre Omidyar, Adnan Syed and my battles with First Look Media.<p>My first day at First Look Media was December 30, 2013. I was thrilled to go to work at what seemed like it was going to be the most exciting place in journalism.<p>In the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks, Pierre Omidyar, …

Journalism

A New Theory of Distraction

“At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction,” the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, in 1839. Those were the days. Browning is still right, of course: ask any reader of Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary. She …

The Ugly Story of a Tea-Party Suicide That Left the Right Reeling — and Pointing Fingers

Ugly<p>The<br>aftershocks<br>of a<br>tea-party<br>suicide.<p>Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images<p><b>One evening several years ago,</b> John Mary was up late reading a local …

The Inside War

To expose torture, Dianne Feinstein fought the C.I.A.—and the White House.<p>Dianne Feinstein, the Democratic senator from California, is making a late career of not quite pleasing anyone. After five decades in politics, Feinstein, at eighty-one, is the oldest sitting member of the Senate, where a …

Wean Yourself Off Your GPS Dependency and Actually Find Your Way Around

I just moved to a new city, and I live and die by my phone’s GPS. But as a result, I’ve realized that I still don’t know anything about how the city …

Google Maps

America's drone policy is all exceptions and no rules | Trevor Timm

The drone strikes in Yemen are a reminder that the ‘rules’ are virtually meaningless. That sets a terrifying precedent for the next president<p>The Obama administration is again allowing the CIA to use drone strikes to secretly kill people that the spy agency does not know the identities of in …

UN accuses Israel and Hamas of possible war crimes during 2014 Gaza conflict

Photograph: Ariel Schalit/AP<p>Mourners at the funeral in Rishon Letzion of Staff Sergeant Matan Gotlib, a Maglan elite unit soldier who died in the 2014 …