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Here's Who Voted to Fund Syrian Rebels and Get This ISIS Conflict Really Cooking

slate.com — There was precious little suspense about today's House vote on an amendment to include funds for the training of Syrian rebels in the CR. The debate was heated, sure, but these debates are always slanted toward the people who want to talk. The pro-funding side was so confident that Illinois...
Sep 17, 2014

RT @daveweigel: Some details on the roll call vote to arm Syrian rebels. Most Dems who opposed the 2002 Iraq vote opposed this one. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @daveweigel: Some details on the roll call vote to arm Syrian rebels. Most Dems who opposed the 2002 Iraq vote opposed this one. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

MT @daveweigel Some details vote to arm Syrian rebels. Most Dems who opposed the 2002 Iraq vote opposed this one. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

Some details on the roll call vote to arm Syrian rebels. Most Dems who opposed the 2002 Iraq vote opposed this one. slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Rare optic effect seen from the air.

slate.com — Speaking of rainbows ... The basic physics of a rainbow is pretty simple, really. Sunlight enters the front of a raindrop. It hits the back side of the drop, reflects, and then heads back out the front side again. The light bends a little bit when it enters and exits...
Sep 17, 2014

RT @StephanieAbrams: Yep, that's a full circle rainbow! How they form & where you can spot them tinyurl.com/lqfdw2d h/t @KathrynProciv h…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @StephanieAbrams: Yep, that's a full circle rainbow! How they form & where you can spot them tinyurl.com/lqfdw2d h/t @KathrynProciv h…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @AndreaTWeather: So. Cool. MT @BadAstronomer Incredible photo of something hadn't seen, but knew had to exist: a full circle rainbow! slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

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A brief reminder that not everything in the world is terrible.

slate.com — Most things in the world, as we have been reminded often in recent months, are terrible. However, sometimes things are not terrible, and sometimes people go out of their way to make other people happy. Such is the case, I think, with something I came across last night in the...
Sep 17, 2014

RT @BenMathisLilley: Unusually Shiny Subway Tile Reminds Blogger of Life's Unpredictable Beauty slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Sep 17, 2014

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Sep 17, 2014

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The NFL’s new domestic violence consultants have only nice things to say about the NFL.

slate.com — On Monday-after weathering harsh criticism for its limp response to domestic violence charges against Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson-the NFL announced that it has begun to seek assistance for its domestic violence problem by enlisting actual domestic violence experts. The league has...
Sep 17, 2014

The domestic violence experts hired by the NFL don't want to be downers. slate.com/articles/doubl…

Sep 17, 2014

“I can’t think of any entity in the country that could be more powerful in accomplishing that.” Solution=Problem slate.com/articles/doubl…

Sep 17, 2014

"@Slate: The NFL's new domestic violence consultants only have nice things to say about NFL: slate.me/1mfqU5b pic.twitter.com/1wfDrVyohx"

Ted Cruz Will Not Join a Protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" After All

slate.com — Yesterday evening, Buzzfeed's Rosie Gray reported that Sen. Ted Cruz would "join a protest outside Lincoln Center on Monday against a controversial opera about the murder of of a disabled American Jew by Palestinian terrorists in 1985." The Death of Klinghoffer, a modernist opera by John Adams that had lost...
Sep 17, 2014

RT @coopnytimes: Opera news from @daveweigel: Sen. Ted Cruz will not join the protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" after all: slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @coopnytimes: Opera news from @daveweigel: Sen. Ted Cruz will not join the protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" after all: slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @coopnytimes: Opera news from @daveweigel: Sen. Ted Cruz will not join the protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" after all: slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

Opera news from @daveweigel: Sen. Ted Cruz will not join the protest of "The Death of Klinghoffer" after all: slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

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Apple says the iPhone 4S supports iOS 8, but you shouldn't test it.

slate.com — Today is the day when you pretend to be doing some very important "tech stuff" at work while you're actually just updating the operating system on your iPhone. Android users running the pure OS will have their moment when L launches, but today it's all about getting the expanded iMessage...

Here It Is: The Flimsiest Campaign Attack Ad of 2014, Which Won't Stop Running

slate.com — It was one of the year's great political scoops: Eliana Johnson, a reporter for National Review, got her hands on a campaign memo prepared for strategists working for Georgia U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. For those of us in the glamorous trade of political reporting, it was a depressing look...
Sep 17, 2014

RT @daveweigel: Ah, the tradition of #GASen candidates flimsily accusing their opponents of loving terrorists: slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @daveweigel: Ah, the tradition of #GASen candidates flimsily accusing their opponents of loving terrorists: slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Sep 17, 2014

Ah, the tradition of #GASen candidates flimsily accusing their opponents of loving terrorists: slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

BP changes line spacing in court filing to beat page limit.

slate.com — Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled BP was not only negligent, but reckless in its operations that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday, the very same judge issued another order to BP and its legal team-grow up. It's an unusual reprimand,...
Sep 17, 2014

BP's "tactic would not be appropriate for a college term paper. It certainly is not appropriate here," judge says. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Sep 17, 2014

RT @Slate: BP pulls an old college trick, fiddles with line spacing to beat court filing page limit: slate.me/1o1OSMM pic.twitter.com/t8egf7EyD9

Sep 17, 2014

RT @Slate: BP pulls an old college trick, fiddles with line spacing to beat court filing page limit: slate.me/1o1OSMM pic.twitter.com/t8egf7EyD9

Belgium, Aruba, others.

slate.com — Scotland is voting on whether to secede from the United Kingdom on Thursday. Given that many secession endeavors are put down violently, the Washington Post's Philip Bump wondered: How many other countries have successfully been created after a secession vote? You'll have to click through for the answer, but I'll...

Advice booklet for servicemen shipping to the Middle East in WWII.

slate.com — In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe-often to places they knew nothing about. This booklet (one of many War Department guides covering countries from England to New Guinea) offered servicemen a crash course in the Levant's language, geography, and culture.
Sep 17, 2014

RT @Slate: Flip through the War Department's WWII advice booklet for soldiers headed to Syria: slate.me/1meSDmq pic.twitter.com/KcvpPo1Z4m

Sep 17, 2014

This is cool: War Department's WWII advice booklet for soldiers headed to #Syria slate.me/1meSDmq

Men ride bikes way more than women do.

slate.com — Elizabeth Plank at Mic took to the bike paths of New York City to investigate the "huge and under-reported" gender gap in, of all things, bicycle-riding. Turns out way more men ride bikes than women: "In the U.S., 1 woman for every 3 men gets around on a bicycle," Plank writes.
Sep 17, 2014

slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… I wrote this because I felt anti-bike cranks and misogynists could really join forces to be an internet supervillain.

Sep 17, 2014

slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… I would have never guessed more men than women ride bikes. Women, cycling is the shit! Do it. Dooooo it.

Should LGBTQ allies signal their support to strangers? (Video.)

slate.com — Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. This week, a wonderfully supportive mother asks if she should share the pride she feels for her gay daughter with unsuspecting strangers on the...
Sep 17, 2014

On this week's Ask a Homo, I tell the mom of a queer kid how to show support to strangers she's sure are gay: slate.me/XjUnPy

How the First Benghazi Committee Hearing Humbled the Hillary Clinton State Department

slate.com — The reporter who walked into this morning's first public meeting of the House Special Committee on Benghazi saw something shocking and unforeseeable: Empty chairs. Staffers had given the media a couple dozen chairs on either side of HVC-210, one of the more accessible rooms in Congress, but there was no...
Sep 17, 2014

How the sleepy-seeming #Benghazi hearing started to build the case against Hillary 2016 slate.com/blogs/weigel/2…

Obama isn’t sending soldiers to fight, but the next president might.

slate.com — We've seen this dreaded movie before. Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before a Senate committee on Tuesday and said that, under certain circumstances, he might recommend that President Obama send U.S. ground forces to help fight ISIS, the terrorist group known as Islamic State....
Sep 17, 2014

RT @fmkaplan: My take on Gen Dempsey's testimony on sending ground troops to Iraq: Obama won't go along, but his successor might. slate.me/1r1P2Y7

New report says nixing fossil fuels won't be expensive.

slate.com — A new report released Tuesday said an ambitious global plan to rid the world of fossil fuels-and generate half of the world's new energy from renewable sources in just 15 years-could produce more economic benefits than costs, considering the anticipated boost to public health. The report is timed to coincide...
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