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Chronicle of a Riot Foretold

newyorker.com — FERGUSON, Missouri-For a hundred and eight days, through the suffocating heat that turned the city into a kiln, through summer thunderstorms and the onset of an early winter, through bureaucratic callousness and the barbs of cynics who held that the effort was of no use and the prickly fear that they might be right, a community in Ferguson, Missouri, held vigil nightly, driven by the need to validate a simple principle: black lives matter.
Nov 25, 2014

“one side demanding justice, one side demanding order, both recognizing neither of those things was in the offing” newyorker.com/news/daily-com…

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How Not to Use a Grand Jury

newyorker.com — Criminal procedure-the everyday rules of the road-gets a bad rap. It's said to be rigid, routine, incapable of accommodating the nuances of human behavior. But, as the atypical grand-jury proceedings in the aftermath of Michael Brown's death illustrate, there is a great deal to be said for prosecutors following the customary rules of their profession.
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The Senator and the Street

newyorker.com — Charles Schumer, the senior senator from New York, is a voluble politician who has lately been having moments of uncharacteristic reticence. This temperance comes after several years during which Schumer's national prominence has soared.
Nov 25, 2014

Schumer 8/10: "I don’t begrudge Barack Obama choosing it, even though if I were President I might not have." newyorker.com/magazine/2010/…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @brianbeutler: Not that it isn’t newsworthy in current context, but Schumer’s always said ACA was a bad move newyorker.com/magazine/2010/… pic.twitter.com/RIdR1oOgDQ

Nov 25, 2014

RT @brianbeutler: Not that it isn’t newsworthy in current context, but Schumer’s always said ACA was a bad move newyorker.com/magazine/2010/… pic.twitter.com/RIdR1oOgDQ

Nov 25, 2014

RT @brianbeutler: Not that it isn’t newsworthy in current context, but Schumer’s always said ACA was a bad move newyorker.com/magazine/2010/… pic.twitter.com/RIdR1oOgDQ

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Ferguson: An American Dilemma

newyorker.com — Perhaps the most depressing thing about the violent scenes in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night is that they were so predictable. The white prosecutor announced that the grand jury, which was reportedly largely white, had decided to bring no charges of any type against the white cop who shot and killed an unarmed black man.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @JohnCassidy: Ferguson--seventy years on from Myrdal's classic study, race relations are still the "American Dilemma" nyr.kr/1vaUUjD

Nov 25, 2014

RT @JohnCassidy: Ferguson--seventy years on from Myrdal's classic study, race relations are still the "American Dilemma" nyr.kr/1vaUUjD

Nov 25, 2014

RT @JohnCassidy: Ferguson--seventy years on from Myrdal's classic study, race relations are still the "American Dilemma" nyr.kr/1vaUUjD

Nov 25, 2014

Ferguson--seventy years on from Myrdal's classic study, race relations are still the "American Dilemma" nyr.kr/1vaUUjD

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Bloody Awful Restaurants and the Critic Who Loves Them

newyorker.com — In 2012, the New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote a review of Guy Fieri's American Kitchen and Bar, in Times Square, so scathing that it went viral. Conceived as a sort of open letter to Mr. Fieri himself, it consisted entirely of rhetorical questions like, "Why did the toasted marshmallow taste like fish?"
Nov 25, 2014

The @NewYorker reviews my dining hell show in Brooklyn. I'm like a 1960s Catskills comedian, they say. I'll take that newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @NewYorker: Why the British critic @jayrayner1 likes reviewing truly terrible restaurants: nyr.kr/1vcfmR9

Nov 25, 2014

This is fun @NewYorker: Why the British critic @jayrayner1 likes reviewing truly terrible restaurants: nyr.kr/1vcfmR9

The Race for an Ebola Vaccine

newyorker.com — Over the summer, as it became clear that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa was one of the worst public-health emergencies in recent memory, executives at Merck met at the company's New Jersey headquarters to figure out how to respond. Public-health organizations were also getting in touch with people at Merck, asking for help.
Nov 25, 2014

Good piece on how and why pharma companies are developing Ebola vaccines: nyr.kr/1xBzlXQ via @vauhinivara @newyorker

Nov 25, 2014

An Ebola vaccine won't be lucrative. So why are Merck, Glaxo, and J&J all racing to make one? nyr.kr/1y9oVS6

When G.M. Was Google

newyorker.com — One Friday afternoon a dozen years ago, Larry Page, one of the founders of Google, posted on the wall of the office kitchen a printed-out screenshot of Google ad results, with "These Ads Suck!" scrawled on it.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @NewYorker: .@google thinks it’s changing management forever. So did @GM. Nicholas Lemann on the art of the corporate devotional: nyr.kr/1FkB9Zy

Nov 25, 2014

RT @NewYorker: .@google thinks it’s changing management forever. So did @GM. Nicholas Lemann on the art of the corporate devotional: nyr.kr/1FkB9Zy

Nov 25, 2014

RT @NewYorker: .@google thinks it’s changing management forever. So did @GM. Nicholas Lemann on the art of the corporate devotional: nyr.kr/1FkB9Zy

The Astonishing Rise of Angela Merkel

newyorker.com — A summer afternoon at the Reichstag. Soft Berlin light filters down through the great glass dome, past tourists ascending the spiral ramp, and into the main hall of parliament. Half the members' seats are empty. At the lectern, a short, slightly hunched figure in a fuchsia jacket, black slacks, and a helmet of no-color hair is reading a speech from a binder.
Nov 25, 2014

Angela Merkel and "the perfect instinct for power": brilliant long-read on 'Europe's Chancellor' newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @AlecMacGillis: Merkel "lives in a rent-controlled apt...the name on buzzer is her husband's...a solitary policeman stands outside." newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

Nov 25, 2014

Merkel "lives in a rent-controlled apt...the name on buzzer is her husband's...a solitary policeman stands outside." newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

Nov 25, 2014

The @newyorker profiles Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman on the planet: newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

Nov 25, 2014

Worth mentioning that this vast @NewYorker profile of Merkel has no mention of Brexit as a priority issue for her newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

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A Closer Look at Officer Darren Wilson’s Testimony

newyorker.com — On Monday night, the St. Louis County prosecutor's office released much of the grand-jury testimony relating to the violent death of Michael Brown, including the testimony of Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown on the early afternoon of August 9th.
Nov 25, 2014

Question on conflicting testimonies. Wouldn't a medical examiner be able to tell whether you were shot from behind ? newyorker.com/news/john-cass…

Iran: Diplomacy Infinitum

newyorker.com — The headline across the top half of Iran's conservative newspaper Vatan Emrooz summed up a year of arduous diplomacy: "Nothing!" Iran and the world's six major powers conceded on Monday that they had failed to meet a second deadline on terms to insure that Tehran's advanced nuclear capacity cannot produce a bomb.
Nov 25, 2014

"What has been remarkable about the negotiations is the integrity of the diplomatic process." newyorker.com/news/news-desk… @wrightr on #Irantalks

Nov 25, 2014

RT @wrightr: My @NewYorker piece on outcome #Irantalks. #Iran hardline shouts "NOTHING!" Congress pushes new sanctions...And yet...newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @wrightr: My @NewYorker piece on outcome #Irantalks. #Iran hardline shouts "NOTHING!" Congress pushes new sanctions...And yet...newyorker.com/news/news-desk…

What Shielded Bill Cosby?

newyorker.com — Two weeks ago, Anita Hill, following an address that she delivered to a packed auditorium at the University of Connecticut, was asked how it made her feel to know that, despite her testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her, a solid majority of African-Americans still supported his confirmation.
Nov 25, 2014

"The irony is that Cosby’s career validates a different and less salutary American ideal..the entitlements of wealth" newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @agrenell: "this is not the conversation we would be having if Bill Maher or Jimmy Kimmel had called Cosby a rapist" newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @jelani9: Cosby, Juan Williams, Clarence Thomas & Herman Cain all lectured poor blk ppl & all accused of sex harassment: http://t.co/SnT…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @jelani9: Cosby, Juan Williams, Clarence Thomas & Herman Cain all lectured poor blk ppl & all accused of sex harassment: http://t.co/SnT…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @jelani9: Cosby, Juan Williams, Clarence Thomas & Herman Cain all lectured poor blk ppl & all accused of sex harassment: http://t.co/SnT…

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Chronicle of a Riot Foretold

newyorker.com — FERGUSON, Missouri-For a hundred and eight days, through the suffocating heat that turned the city into a kiln, through summer thunderstorms and the onset of an early winter, through bureaucratic callousness and the barbs of cynics who held that the effort was of no use and the prickly fear that they might be right, a community in Ferguson, Missouri, held vigil nightly, driven by the need to validate a simple principle: black lives matter.

“Mockingjay” Is a Paean to Movie Producers

newyorker.com — Sluggish, stodgy, overprocessed, a Velveeta fantasy, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" is nonetheless a clever mash-up of cinematic tropes and political perceptions, and its appeal-aside from the popularity of the book series on which it is based-owes much to that combination of elements.

Old School - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — One of the most influential hosts on hip-hop radio is a man named Peter Rosenberg. He is thirty-four years old and stocky, with a few days of stubble and a you-can't-fire-me-I-quit approach to baldness. Hip-hop is an industry of calibrated personas, and Rosenberg, who was reared in an upper-middle-class Maryland suburb, tries to project confidence without too much self-seriousness.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @badler: if you don't have a @NewYorker subscription, read @andrewmarantz on DJ Peter Rosenberg while you can newyorker.com/magazine/2014/…

Hagel’s Resignation Raises Questions About Obama’s Judgment

newyorker.com — Back in March, 2008, Barack Obama, who was running for President, was quoted as saying, "Chuck Hagel is a great friend of mine, and I respect him very much." On Monday, Obama effectively fired Hagel from his post as Defense Secretary, which Hagel had held for less than two years.

The Excrement Experiment

newyorker.com — One morning last fall, Jon Ritter, an architectural historian living in Greenwich Village, woke to find an e-mail from a neighbor, who had an unusual request. "Hi Jon, This is Tom Gravel, from Apt. 4N," the e-mail began. "I wanted to check in and see if you may be open to helping me with a health condition."
Nov 25, 2014

Correction: Stool donor's allias is Vladimir Pootin newyorker.com/magazine/2014/… via @newyorker

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Russia’s Museum Cats

newyorker.com — Winding beneath the magnificent halls of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum, with its Da Vincis, diamonds, Greek statuary, Egyptian parchments, enormous number of paintings, mechanical peacock clock, and other treasures, there is a catacomb of cellars. It was into this windowless nether region-far below the Winter Palace's expansive view of the waters of the Neva-that Maria Haltunen and I had cautiously descended.

Learning How to Talk Like Nichols and May

newyorker.com — At the house where my grandparents have lived for more than sixty years, in Marin County, looking down onto the marshes of San Francisco Bay, there is a storage closet filled with vases, Duraflame logs, and open boxes of audio records gathering dust.
Nov 25, 2014

A nice meditation on the brief comic wonder of Nichols and May records by @nathanheller: newyorker.com/culture/cultur…

Nov 24, 2014

newyorker.com/culture/cultur… Mike Nichols, RIP, and Elaine May, the geniuses from whence came Woody Allen, Steve Martin. Listen.

Nov 24, 2014

Brilliant RT @NewYorker “Nichols and May’s great achievement was to humanize comedy.” @nathanheller on the duo: nyr.kr/1FkP8i4

Nov 24, 2014

RT @NewYorker: “Nichols and May’s great achievement was to humanize comedy.” @nathanheller on the duo: nyr.kr/1FkP8i4

The Swedish Invasion

newyorker.com — Do you like Swedish pop music? The answer is probably yes, even if you can't name a single artist born in Sweden. Do you like Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold"? Pink's "Please Don't Leave Me"? Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone"?
Nov 25, 2014

The sound of #Sweden - great story form New Yorker looking at the influence of Swedish music on American charts buff.ly/1zU9pKh

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