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Best songs for those new to the band (VIDEO).

slate.com — Monday's announcement of a forthcoming Sleater-Kinney album, No Cities to Love (out Jan. 1, 2015), marks the phoenix-like return of one of rock and roll's most unique and cultishly beloved bands. From 1995 to 2005, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, and Janet Weiss made music with teeth and guts and brains and humor and overwhelming...

Partial eclipse on Oct. 23.

slate.com — On the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun. What we'll see is a partial solar eclipse, where the Moon passes along a chord of the Sun's face, never completely blocking it out. At maximum eclipse the Sun will look like a...
Oct 21, 2014

RT @BadAstronomer: There’s a nice partial solar eclipse for the US/Canada Thursday! Here’s what you need to know to watch: slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Oct 21, 2014

There’s a nice partial solar eclipse for the US/Canada Thursday! Here’s what you need to know to watch: slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Taylor Swift goes No. 1 on iTunes Canada with 8 seconds of static: LISTEN.

slate.com — If there's ever been any question about the power of Taylor Swift's name to move records, this should dispel it. Some sort of glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes Tuesday morning led to the ostensible release of a new track from her album. The record, for now titled only...
Oct 21, 2014

What does this say about music? The No. 1 song in Canada right now is just 8 seconds of static! #TaylorSwift slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Oct 21, 2014

Paging Pootie Tang, @louisck, @chrisrock MT @Slate Taylor Swift hit No. 1 w/ a track that's just 8 sec of static slate.me/1wi0Ibk

Arviat, Canada, cancels trick-or-treating because of polar bears.

slate.com — The children of one small town in northern Canada are on the front lines of climate change. In Arviat (map), a hamlet of 2,300 people in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, that means no outdoor trick-or-treating this year for the first time. Instead of going door to door, kids in...

Germany commemorates the wall's demise with 8,000 balloons.

slate.com — The Berlin Wall fell nearly 25 years ago, and to commemorate that momentous event, Germany has commissioned a poetic art installation to mark the Nov. 9, 1989, anniversary. From Nov. 7-9, a 9.5-mile (15.3-kilometer) stretch of what was once the Berlin Wall will be illuminated by 8,000 helium-filled white balloons made of 100 percent biodegradable organic latex.
Oct 20, 2014

RT @Slate: Germany commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall with 8,000 illuminated balloons: slate.me/1CLV2HH pic.twitter.com/BKtvNPV59B

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Slate: Germany is commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall with 8,000 illuminated balloons--PHOTOS: slate.me/11Zq182 pic.twitter.com/EfY4fpRkij

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Slate: Germany is commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall with 8,000 illuminated balloons--PHOTOS: slate.me/11Zq182 pic.twitter.com/EfY4fpRkij

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Slate: Germany is commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall with 8,000 illuminated balloons--PHOTOS: slate.me/11Zq182 pic.twitter.com/EfY4fpRkij

Oct 20, 2014

RT @Slate: Germany commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall with 8,000 illuminated balloons: slate.me/1CLV2HH pic.twitter.com/BKtvNPV59B

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Ike Zimmerman books in the movie satirize Philip Roth and other writers (PHOTOS).

slate.com — In her review of Listen Up Philip, the new Alex Ross Perry movie about a young writer, the older writer who takes him under his wing, and the women they both antagonize, Dana Stevens writes: "The brilliantly designed book covers for their combined works-with pompous titles like Necessity Never Rests, Madness & Women, or I, Zimmerman-stand...

One Of Vladimir Putin’s Favorite Businessmen Wants To Start An Orthodox Christian Fox News

slate.com — If being the subject of international sanctions is causing Konstantin Malofeev any stress, he's not showing it. "The sanctions are a very stupid instrument that only Obama and his administration could believe will have any impact. It has not damaged my business," he says. The 40-year-old multimillionaire, though, does allow...
Oct 21, 2014

One Of Vladimir Putin’s Favorite Businessmen Wants To Start An Orthodox Christian Fox News businessinsider.com/one-of-vladimi… via @bi_contributors

When It Comes to Foreign Policy, President Obama Is Acting Like Congress Doesn’t Exist

slate.com — An international deal with Iran over its nuclear program still doesn't look like a slam dunk at this point. Nevertheless, in a New York Times article today, the Obama administration makes clear that if an agreement is eventually reached, they have no plans to involve Congress: Even while negotiators argue...
Oct 21, 2014

RT @Slate: When it comes to foreign policy, President Obama is acting like Congress doesn't exist: slate.me/11Zq3N4 pic.twitter.com/rKe1zHxtNR

Even when they graduate, the poor sometimes stay poor.

slate.com — Over the weekend, The Washington Post's Matt O'Brien published this killer graph that captures just how unequal the economic playing field is for children of the rich and poor. Low-income kids who graduate from college, it shows, have the same odds of ending up at the bottom of the economic...
Oct 20, 2014

You could call this "privilege privilege" - Even when they graduate from college, the poor sometimes stay poor: slate.com/blogs/moneybox…

Oct 20, 2014

Even after college, poor kids stay poor says Wash Post. #education slate.me/1tG1pxk

The Earth just had the warmest 12-month period recorded.

slate.com — A few days ago, I told you that-according to NASA data-we just finished the warmest six-month streak on record. Welp, it just got worse. According to data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, last month was the warmest September on record globally. What's more-and here's the kicker-NOAA...

The value of building a team that’s just barely better than mediocre.

slate.com — This article originally appeared in FanGraphs. Over the last few years, I've been pretty down on the Royals as a contender, most notably writing a pretty harsh review of their side of the James Shields trade. Then, before the season began, I stated that I didn't see the Royals as legitimate contenders this year, even though...
Oct 20, 2014

What @DCameronFG got wrong about the Royals: He underestimated the value of mediocrity in Major League Baseball slate.com/articles/sport…

Oct 20, 2014

"I’ve underestimated the positive returns on mediocrity in Major League Baseball" slate.com/articles/sport…