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Not That Kind of Republican

theatlantic.com — BOULDER, Colo.-In the tiny storefront that houses the Boulder County Republicans, the air is thick with paranoia. At the front of the crowded room, the county GOP chairwoman, Ellyn Hilliard, is lecturing on voter fraud and the Democratic conspiracy she's convinced is afoot to steal the election.
Oct 31, 2014

W/ trademark @mollyesque punch "His affect falls somewhere btwn a human ray of sunshine & an overcaffeinated hamster” theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @jackhealyNYT: Cory Gardner: cross between human ray of sunshine and overcaffeinated hamster. Best description ever, by @mollyesque m.theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Oct 31, 2014

Cory Gardner: cross between human ray of sunshine and overcaffeinated hamster. Best description ever, by @mollyesque m.theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Oct 31, 2014

"His affect falls somewhere between a human ray of sunshine and an overcaffeinated hamster," says @mollyesque: theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @LoganDobson: The only problem with reading @mollyesque on Cory Gardner is that you can only read it for the first time once theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

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Lights Out: A Terrifying Horror Short

theatlantic.com — Want to watch a scary movie? If you're in the mood for a fright, this horror vignette by David F. Sandberg should do the trick. If you get spooked easily, though, you should just close this page right now. To see the rest of Sandberg's spine-chilling work, visit his Vimeo channel.
Oct 31, 2014

Ack MT @SeanFitz_Gerald: HOLY CRAP. RT @mattgallowaycbc How scary can 2 minute horror film be? Quite. Lights Out. theatlantic.com/video/index/38…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @SeanFitz_Gerald: HOLY CRAP. RT @mattgallowaycbc How scary can a 2 and a half minute horror film be? Quite. Lights Out. theatlantic.com/video/index/38…

Oct 31, 2014

HOLY CRAP. RT @mattgallowaycbc How scary can a 2 and a half minute horror film be? Quite. Lights Out. theatlantic.com/video/index/38…

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Even Israel's Best Friends Understand That It is Disconnecting From Reality

theatlantic.com — More proof, if more proof were needed, that there is a crisis in U.S.-Israel relations, and that the crisis goes deeper than simply the dysfunctional personal relationship between Prime Minister Netanyahu's government and the Obama Administration (or between their colorful staffs): A lead editorial in The New York Jewish Week, the flagship American Jewish newspaper, center to center-right in orientation, with many thousands of Orthodox Jews among its readers and an ardently pro-Israel editorial line, bluntly asks whether the Israeli government has become unmoored from reality.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @rlocker12: Even Israel's Best Friends Understand That It Is Disconnecting From Reality theatlantic.com/international/…

Oct 31, 2014

Even Israel's Best Friends Understand That It Is Disconnecting From Reality theatlantic.com/international/…

Oct 31, 2014

Even Israel's Best Friends Understand That It Is Disconnecting From Reality theatlantic.com/international/…

Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

Even Israel's Best Friends Understand That It Is Disconnecting From Reality - Atlantic Mobile theatlantic.com/international/…

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The Roots of the Islamic State's Appeal

theatlantic.com — In a long, rambling statement in September, ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani expounded on his group's inherent advantage: "Being killed ... is a victory," he said. "You fight a people who can never be defeated. They either gain victory or are killed." In this most basic sense, religion-rather than what one might call ideology-matters.

The Psychology of Irrational Fear

theatlantic.com — Last week Sen. Rand Paul, a doctor, laid out the threat of Ebola in America thusly, to CNN: "If someone has Ebola at a cocktail party, they're contagious and you can catch it from them." That statement is, of course, not true, unless the person is symptomatic, in which case he or she would not be up for hummus and Chardonnay.
Oct 31, 2014

The Psychology of Irrational Fear: Why we're more afraid of sharks than car accidents, and of Ebola than flu theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Oct 31, 2014

Since it's Halloween, that spooky time of year, discuss why ppl irrationally fear distant things like sharks & ebola theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Oct 31, 2014

So true RT @TheAtlantic: Irrational fears: Why we're more afraid of sharks than car accidents, and of Ebola than flu theatln.tc/1to8TmN

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Crashed During a Test Flight Today

theatlantic.com — Virgin Galactic's experimental commercial spacecraft SpaceShipTwo suffered an unknown mishap during a test fight and reportedly. This craft generally carries two pilots, however, the fate of the pilots is unknown at this time. #SpaceShipTwo has experienced an in-flight anomaly. Additional info and statement forthcoming.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: Update: One dead, one injured after crash of experimental Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo theatlantic.com/national/archi…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: Update: One dead, one injured after crash of experimental Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo theatlantic.com/national/archi…

When Ouija Boards Were Sexy

theatlantic.com — Ouija boards, as their old-time-y design suggests, first became popular in the United States in the late 1800s. The nation was still recovering, economically and psychologically, from the Civil War and the spiritualist movement -the belief that one could commune with the spirits of those who had died-had become popular in a nation where so many people had lost loved ones.

Scary Clowns Are Terrorizing France

theatlantic.com — Since mid-October, police in towns across France have been warning about an unlikely threat: clowns. The recent arrest of 14 teenagers in Agde, in the south of the country, for harassing passersby while dressed as clowns is just one instance of this nationwide bout of circus-costumed criminality,which has spread from where it originated in the country's north.
Oct 31, 2014

"chainsaw-wielding clowns ...[possibly] taking their cues from the 1974 U.S. film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre." theatlantic.com/international/…

Oct 31, 2014

"The threat of neighborhood clown gangs has provoked a grassroots response of teenaged self-styled clown hunters" theatlantic.com/international/…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @SconsetCapital: America, too. But we call them "Congress". RT @TheAtlantic: Scary clowns are terrorizing France theatln.tc/108rA2b

How Much Income Puts You in the 1 Percent if You're 30, 40, or 50?

theatlantic.com — The richest percentile of Americans makes many hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. So how could a $135,000 salary make you a one-percenter? If you're 31 or younger, that figure puts you ahead of 99 percent of your age group.
Oct 31, 2014

How Much Income Puts You in the 1 Percent if You're 30, 40, or 50? - The Atlantic ow.ly/DC4ir

Oct 30, 2014

RT @crampell: If you make at least $135K per year, and you're 31 or younger, congrats. You are the 1 percent. theatlantic.com/business/archi…

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Shopping for Secondhand Graves on Craigslist

theatlantic.com — There is a burial plot in St. John's Cemetery in Queens, New York, where a one-year old boy who succumbed to disease was buried 61 years ago. Now nothing is left but a patch of grass and the soil under it. The headstone has been removed and both the casket and the remains within it have disintegrated.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @dghigliotty: I wrote a story for The Atlantic on people selling secondhand grave space: theatln.tc/1wOrzwV

Oct 31, 2014

The weird Craigslist market for second-hand burial plots: theatlantic.com/business/archi…

Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman

Oct 30, 2014

"I think every baby is beautiful ... even the ugly ones." Things Not to Say to a Pregnant Woman theatlantic.com/video/index/38… via @theatlantic

Oct 30, 2014

What to say (and not to say) to the pregnant, featuring the delightful duo of @beccarosen and @jameshamblin theatlantic.com/video/index/38…

Oct 30, 2014

“That’s setting inappropriate expectations for what a baby should look like. I blame the media.” theatlantic.com/video/index/38…

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Nightcrawler: A Breakthrough for Jake Gyllenhaal

theatlantic.com — If one were to somehow merge the Scorsese-directed Robert De Niro characters Travis Bickle (of Taxi Driver) and Rupert Pupkin (of The King of Comedy), the result, I imagine, would be someone very much like Lou Bloom, the antiheroic lead played by Jake Gyllenhaal in writer/director Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler.
Oct 31, 2014

NIGHTCRAWLER may offer Gyllenhaal's best performance, even if the movie overall doesn't quite live up to it: theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

The Chipotlification of American Fast Food

theatlantic.com — On Wednesday, Taco Bell launched a new mobile app that allows its customers to order and pay for their meals from the clinical distance of a smartphone. An app user would then be able to skip the line and pick up his or her " fourth meal " (Taco Bell speak for "snack")upon arrival.
Oct 31, 2014

McDonald’s and Taco Bell get into the digital order-customization business. theatln.tc/1toJyJr

Oct 31, 2014

MT @elizabarclay: Do millennials like customization or does everyone? Chipotlification of American fast food theatlantic.com/business/archi… #newboom

Oct 30, 2014

The Chipotlification of American Fast Food - The Atlantic ow.ly/DABXZ

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Jennifer Granholm's Very Dated 1978 Appearance on 'The Dating Game'

theatlantic.com — The former Michigan governor sported a fluffy shirt and a fluffier hairdo as she was courted by three eligible bachelors. Note to Michigan Republican opposition researchers: Step up your game. Somehow, no one turned up this epic clip of Jennifer Granholm, the current Current TV host and former Michigan governor, when she was running for office.

The Existential Crisis of Public Life Online

theatlantic.com — This isn't a story about Gamergate. For maybe a month now, that pseudoscandal has been unavoidable in certain thoroughfares of the Internet. ​Claiming to fight for "ethics in gaming journalism," its adherents have succeeded only in driving successful female game developers and critics out of their homes.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @edyong209: The Existential Crisis of Public Life Online. A thoughtful take on Twitter, GG, and the stream of ugh. theatlantic.com/technology/arc… HT @yayitsrob

Oct 31, 2014

The Existential Crisis of Public Life Online. A thoughtful take on Twitter, GG, and the stream of ugh. theatlantic.com/technology/arc… HT @yayitsrob

Oct 30, 2014

RT @j_zimms: Here's @yayitsrob being characteristically thoughtful about the creeping unease many of us feel on Twitter theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

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Who Controls Foreign Policy: The President or Congress?

theatlantic.com — Americans don't know whether their president should be more like Victor von Doom, whipping Congress into line, or like Jeeves the butler, murmuring respectfully, "Will that be all, sir?" The text of the Constitution provides remarkably little guidance on the question.
Oct 31, 2014

American Supreme court judges will decide whether foreign policy is run by prez or congress using Jerusalem as exmpl theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Photos of the Week: 10/25-10/31

theatlantic.com — An Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard, as it suffered a catastrophic anomaly moments after launch from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport Pad 0A on October 28, 2014, at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Stairway to Hell

theatlantic.com — On a Saturday night, three teenagers stand before God in an upstairs room of the Lineville Baptist Church in Lineville, Alabama, while a gaggle of visitors and their tour guide look on.

The Renegade Nurse

theatlantic.com — Kaci Hickox will not be caged. The nurse who protested her detainment in a New Jersey tent upon her return from treating Ebola patients in West Africa is now defying a state-imposed home quarantine in Maine.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TheWire: Kaci Hickox, who recently returned from West Africa, continues to protest Ebola-related quarantines. via @TheAtlantic trib.al/Flhvnh1

Oct 30, 2014

The Renegade Nurse - Kaci Hickox is she's making a stand for science and civil liberties or is she being unreasonable?theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @AndyKindler: Come on Maine. Kick out your hack governor trying to capitalize on @FoxNews generated fear!-The Renegade Nurse theatlantic.com/politics/archi…