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  • Humpty Dumpty, right; Dr. Johnson, wrong

    You know the passage: There's glory for you!' 'I don't know what you mean by "glory",' Alice said. Humpty Dumpty smiled contemptuously. 'Of course you don't — till I tell you. I meant "there's a nice knock-down argument for you!"' 'But...
  • Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories

    Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories
    A few days before our recent wedding, my now-husband and I sat with a dear friend, a newly Internet-ordained minister, to nail down a few details. "The most beautiful thing," he told us, "is that, of everyone there, your kids will have the longest...
  • Income inequality begins to hit business in the pocketbook

    There's a new element in the debate over U.S. income inequality, and it's one that may actually get our political leadership talking about ways to address the issue: businesses are beginning to notice that their middle-class customers have disappeared....
  • Should presidents stop pardoning turkeys?

    Should presidents stop pardoning turkeys?
    A tradition -- the president pardoning turkeys from certain death just before Thanksgiving -- has come in for an unusual amount of criticism this year. A Slate.com writer suggests President Obama pardon real people instead of (or in addition to) turkeys....
  • Give Congress a pay raise!

    Oh. Have I got your attention now? (Apologies to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.) This may be a case of the worst timing ever, but the question of whether Congress is underpaid actually is on the table right now. You can thank tin-eared...
  • No, Obamacare's problems aren't a threat to liberalism

    No, Obamacare's problems aren't a threat to liberalism
    Matthew Yglesias this week has jumped on one of the more discreditable bandwagons of Obamacare revisionism: the notion that the failure of the enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, has done near permanent damage to progressive principles.  A lot of that...
  • Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'

    Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'
    In all the commotion about a Miami-area police force's allegedly mindless harassment of workers and patrons of a convenience store, one aspect that may have been overlooked is how the cops' behavior was fostered by a "zero tolerance" program.  You may...
  • Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough

    Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough
    Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.  In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host...
  • In Theory: Do the central figures of Christmas have a race?

    Earlier this month a controversy arose after a tongue-in-cheek column written by Aisha Harris, a woman of color, was published online at Slate.com, suggesting maybe it’s time that Santa Claus is no longer depicted as a white man. A Fox news host,...
  • 10 things you might not know about immigration

    10 things you might not know about immigration
    One of the biggest issues looming when Congress returns from its holiday break is immigration reform. In honor of our nation built by immigrants, we give you our rich, well-sourced and huddled mass of facts yearning to breathe free: 1. A staggering...
  • The Little Sisters' absurd case against Obamacare

    The final wheeze of Obamacare news that crossed the wires in 2013 was a New Year's Eve emergency injunction granted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a group of Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes in Denver and Baltimore. At first blush,...
  • 'I would rather lick a toilet seat than a cellphone' - microbiologist comes clean

    'I would rather lick a toilet seat than a cellphone' - microbiologist comes clean
    'I would rather lick a toilet seat than a cellphone' - microbiologist comes clean. A toilet seat. Seriously. Microbiologist David Coil writes on slate.com that bacteria exist everywhere and some are perfectly fine and actually beneficial. Including,...