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What 200 Calories of Every Christmas Food Looks Like

theatlantic.com — We at The Atlantic Health are officially opposed to holiday calorie austerity. It's one day a year! Okay, maybe two, if you count Thanksgiving. Or okay, maybe eight nights, if you're Jewish.
Dec 19, 2014

Sad. What 200 Calories of Every Christmas Food Looks Like theatlantic.com/health/archive…

Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: How much of these popular holiday foods can you eat before you hit 200 calories theatln.tc/13IJlrf pic.twitter.com/ST6dIpyQPR

Dec 19, 2014

I hate you RT @TheAtlantic How much of these popular holiday foods can you eat before you hit 200 calories theatln.tc/13IJlrf

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U.S. Treasury Sells Remaining Ally Financial Stocks, Ends TARP Program

theatlantic.com — The Treasury Department announced on Friday morning that with the sale of its nearly 55 million remaining stock shares of Ally Financial (formerly GMAC), the Obama administration had finished up its rescue of the auto industry. The sale also marked the last major investment of the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, which began in the final months of George W.
Dec 19, 2014

Another uninformed claim that the bailouts made money. Pls make it stop. bit.ly/1xw79uZ

Dec 19, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: On Friday, the Treasury announced that U.S. government bailouts netted $15 billion in profits theatln.tc/1z3RCha pic.twitter.com/u2uzZ4Rhku

Governor Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York Citing Health Concerns

theatlantic.com — The battle over untapped natural gas in New York State seems to have hit a crescendo. Following an extensive public health review of hydraulic fracturing, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a complete ban on the oil and natural gas harvesting practice in the state on Wednesday.

Why a Black 'Annie' Is So Significant

theatlantic.com — As millions of moviegoers sit down in front of the same few studio films playing at their local theater over the holidays, the handful of Hollywood creators behind those projects will have that still-rare power: the undivided attention of much of the country.

Sony's Cowardice Spreads to Paramount

theatlantic.com — Where were you when you learned that Sony was apparently kowtowing to the cyberbullying of some (likely) North Korean thugs and canceling the release of The Interview? Were you drinking a Cuba Libre? Were you wallowing in some Pineapple Express? Or were you dreaming of a corrective?

The Anti-Plagiarism Machine

theatlantic.com — Every day, researchers add hundreds of new papers to ArXiv, the massive public database of scientific writing and research. And with each new work, a special detection system goes hunting through ArXiv for bits of text it has seen before.

Against 'Garbage'

theatlantic.com — I understand what drives it, I really do. I think of the Ninja Turtles. In English, we need a general affirmation of goodness, a word that says, "that's awesome!" Like, for instance, awesome. Hammocks are awesome, giant squids are awesome, Pilot G-2 gel ink pens are awesome. Everything is awesome.
Dec 18, 2014

A whole article about the usage of "garbage" without a single mention Luda's verse in the Same Damn Time remix? trash theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Lubchansky: the atlantic has challenged us to a duel theatlantic.com/technology/arc… lol nice name, atlantic. for an OCEAN

Dec 18, 2014

I will never surrender to any tyrant who would deprive us of the freedom to call things garbage on the internet theatlantic.com/technology/arc…

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The Final Episode of 'The Colbert Report': Kind of Disappointing

theatlantic.com — Last night's final episode of The Colbert Report concluded with a musical medley that found Colbert-the character and, of course, the guy-accompanied by a staggering collection of celebrities, among them Jon Stewart, Willie Nelson, Katie Couric, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, JJ Abrams, Tom Brokaw, Big Bird, Keith Olbermann, Jeff Bridges, Sam

Why the United States Won't Be Able to Retaliate for North Korea's Sony Hack

theatlantic.com — On Friday, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North Korean government is responsible" for the Sony hacks that leaked a trove of private data, launched a thousand thinkpieces, and, announced that it " following some threats, ultimately preempted the release of The Interview.
Dec 19, 2014

Despite the threat, there's really not much the U.S. can do to retaliate against North Korea for the Sony hack. theatlantic.com/international/…

America's $28-Billion Failure in Pakistan

theatlantic.com — Since 2001, the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed.

President Barack Obama Says Sony 'Made a Mistake' Cancelling 'The Interview' After North Korea Hack

theatlantic.com — The accepted story of President Obama in the six weeks since the November elections is that he's been liberated. No longer tied down by the political prospects of Democrats in Congress, he has upended the low expectations placed on a lame-duck president and moved in rapid succession on immigration, climate change, net neutrality, and just this week, to normalize relations with Cuba after a 50-year freeze.

How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba

theatlantic.com — On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I brought my family with me, because I wanted my children to see what Cuba looked like before everything changed. I didn't realize quite how quickly that change would come.

Our Favorite Songs of 2014

theatlantic.com — This list isn't meant to be definitive. Instead, it's an alphabetically ordered grab-bag of what some of The Atlantic's editors and writers listened to over and over again in 2014, from chart-topping singalongs to 20-minute metal dirges .
Dec 19, 2014

Our favorite songs of the year (spoiler: mine is Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks' "Chartjunk"). theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

Dec 19, 2014

The Atlantic’s top songs of 2014 is out, which means I finally got to write about Priests. theatlantic.com/entertainment/…

Oklahoma and Nebraska Sue Colorado Over Legal Weed Leaking Across Its Borders

theatlantic.com — Just weeks before the one-year anniversary of legal marijuana in Colorado, the state's status as breaker of the green ceiling is under assault from an unlikely source: its neighbors. On Thursday, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced that his state was teaming up with Nebraska to petition the Supreme Court to declare legal marijuana in Colorado "unconstitutional."
Dec 19, 2014

There is a contact high joke to be made about Colorado's neighbors suing it over legal weed but I forget it. theatlantic.com/politics/archi…

Orange Is the New Class

theatlantic.com — The show is as riveting as it is enlightening, humorous as it is dark. From its raw lesbianism and gnawing poverty to its meth-laden Jesus worshipping and tribalistic racial segregation, Orange is the New Black has managed to captivate as many as 3 million Netflix users in just two seasons.

How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba

theatlantic.com — On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I brought my family with me, because I wanted my children to see what Cuba looked like before everything changed. I didn't realize quite how quickly that change would come.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @ChuckLane1: Anecdote shows Cubans already know Comm sucks w/o US its visiting & say so. It's American who's afraid to speak (2) http://…

'People Can Be Afraid of Anything'

theatlantic.com — The first time I saw the whale, I gasped. My field of vision filled with the sight of the monstrous blue thing diving from the museum ceiling. I felt like my skin was burning, like the floor was tilting up to meet me.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Sends Cease and Desist Letters to Walmart, Amazon.com, Kmart, Sears, and ToyArsenal.com

theatlantic.com — In the minutes before a police officer shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland on the Saturday before Thanksgiving, a 911 caller said the boy was scaring people as he sat on a swing and pulled a gun in and out of his waistband. The weapon was "probably fake," but the caller couldn't tell for sure.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: New York's Attorney General is demanding that top retailers stop selling toy guns theatln.tc/1wIAGjc pic.twitter.com/YLsgxmTp53

Dec 18, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: New York's Attorney General is demanding that top retailers stop selling toy guns theatln.tc/1wIAGjc pic.twitter.com/YLsgxmTp53

North Korea Is Not Funny

theatlantic.com — In recent months, the uproar over The Interview, a comedy about assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has triggered an escalating set of reactions: retaliatory threats from North Korean officials; a sophisticated cyberattack on Sony Pictures, reportedly orchestrated by North Korea; a pledge by the hackers to physically attack theaters showing the film; and now, on Wednesday, Sony's decision to cancel the movie's December 25 release altogether, as movie-theater chains began backing out of screenings.
Dec 20, 2014

RT @TheAtlantic: "The Interview" isn't a courageous stand against a totalitarian country, it's a cheap comedy theatln.tc/1x5MkXJ pic.twitter.com/Kz0sKHv1ZQ

Dec 20, 2014

"What’s more, crowding the North Korea “story” with anecdotes of nutty behavior and amusing delusions may ironic... ift.tt/1sDjhn9

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