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The upper middle class is ruining all that is great about America.

slate.com — I first encountered the upper middle class when I attended a big magnet high school in Manhattan that attracted a decent number of brainy, better-off kids whose parents preferred not to pay private-school tuition. Growing up in an immigrant household, I'd felt largely immune to class distinctions. Before high school,...
Jan 30, 2015

<3 @reihan acknowledging the petit bourgeoisie are the class retrenching the status quo. Next for him: #FULLCOMMUNISM slate.com/articles/news_…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @jbarro: This week's best article about the tyranny of the "merely affluent" wasn't mine. It was @reihan's. slate.com/articles/news_…

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Why teens’ favorite app makes the Facebook generation feel old.

slate.com — There is no excuse, at this point, for a professional technology writer to be confused by Snapchat. It has something like 200 million active users. It is, by some metrics, the fastest-growing social app in the world. It has been the subject of Wall Street Journal think pieces, Forbes profiles,...
Jan 30, 2015

Does Snapchat confuse you too? I laughed til I cried at this article #olds slate.com/articles/techn…

Jan 30, 2015

Just read Slate article about Snapchat. Conclusion: I'm too old to get it. slate.com/articles/techn…

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My 10th-grade English teacher changed my life. I got to say “thank you” before he died.

slate.com — Neal Tonken taught me English in 10th grade. He changed my life. He died last week. I don't remember what he taught me about how to start an essay, but that's the way he would have started it. He was clear and direct in his writing. Our first day of...
Jan 30, 2015

Liked this very much. RT @nathanheller: Excellent piece by @jdickerson about the English teacher who changed him bit.ly/1yhjUFd

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Surprisingly respectful!

slate.com — A few weeks ago, InTouch Weekly became the subject of some much-deserved contempt for its cover depicting Kardashian patriarch Bruce Jenner photoshopped into women's clothing and makeup. As Slate's J. Bryan Lowder put it, the tabloid went "full transphobic," with a cruel story to match the garish and false cover...
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Slate Us Weekly ran a surprisingly respectful cover story about Bruce Jenner's gender identity: slate.me/1A8oZ8z

Jan 30, 2015

Adam's Apple reduction surgery is a thing? MT @publicroad on Bruce Jenner gender: an incredibly sensitive issue! slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Jan 30, 2015

Nice: Us Weekly ran a surprisingly respectful cover story abt Bruce Jenner's gender. By @publicroad slate.com/blogs/browbeat… @BrowBeat @Slate

Gov. Mike Pence’s deal with the Obama administration may become the model for insuring the poor in red states.

slate.com — Seen from a purely political vantage, this hasn't been the greatest week for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who is often mentioned as a potential dark horse for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. For one thing, the 2016 aspirant whose profile most closely resembles Pence's, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is riding...
Jan 30, 2015

Sorry, Mitt. Mike Pence made the biggest political news of the week, and it had nothing to do with 2016 (or not yet). slate.com/articles/news_…

Jan 30, 2015

"It’s ironic that in making Medicaid more conservative, Pence has made it much more complicated and bureaucratic" slate.com/articles/news_…

Jan 30, 2015

MT @AlecMacGillis: Obamacare backers are deeply torn about the trend-setting Medicaid expansion deal in Indiana. slate.com/articles/news_…

Jan 30, 2015

"It’s ironic that in making Medicaid more conservative, Pence has made it much more complicated and bureaucratic." slate.me/1DnQaKm

Jan 30, 2015

Obamacare backers are deeply torn about the trend-setting Medicaid expansion deal in Indiana. I parse the question: slate.com/articles/news_…

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There are no beans in San Antonio’s specialty.

slate.com — The core ingredients of chili are "fiery envy, scalding jealousy, scorching contempt, and sizzling scorn," wrote New York author H. Allen Smith, in a 1967 essay for Holiday magazine. He was mostly right about that (I also like to add a dark lager) but wrong about almost everything else. Smith's...
Jan 30, 2015

As a 3x medalist in the Annual Texas Exes New York City Chili Cook-off I feel I have standing to affirm this slate.com/articles/life/…

Jan 30, 2015

Turns out I like chill. It's that imposter people have been shoving under my nose for years I can't stand. slate.com/articles/life/… via @slate

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California's drought is now even more horrible.

slate.com — California's epic drought is about to set another seemingly unbreakable record. With just two days remaining in the month, no rain in the forecast, and a monster ridge of high pressure camped out overhead, San Francisco is now all but assured of its driest January in city history-exactly zero (that's...
Jan 30, 2015

RT @EricHolthaus: Exactly zero inches (0.00") of rain fell in SF this month. That's never happened before. slate.com/blogs/future_t… pic.twitter.com/C01JnsIKMy

Jan 30, 2015

RT @EricHolthaus: California was off-the-charts hot in 2014. So far, this year is more of the same: slate.com/blogs/future_t… pic.twitter.com/yrL30HEZT8

Jan 30, 2015

0.0 inches of rain fell in San Fran this month, making it the driest in the city's history. slate.com/blogs/future_t… pic.twitter.com/TvXGlDCGdm

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News, media, and the President.

slate.com — For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, I recently linked to an article that I think is very mportant. It was written by my friend Hank Green, about the reactions to his recent interview with President Obama. Hank, as you may know, makes amazing YouTube videos about...
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Slate: Why did President Obama talk to a bunch of YouTubers? Because they’re the new face of media. slate.me/1A8oZp1 pic.twitter.com/I5AE7097Aa

Jan 30, 2015

RT @TimOBrien: “@Slate: Why did Obama talk to a bunch of YouTubers? Because they’re the new face of media slate.me/1A6abqV pic.twitter.com/F1igJ4PUd5

Jan 30, 2015

@Slate: Why did Obama talk to a bunch of YouTubers? Because they’re the new face of media slate.me/1A6abqV pic.twitter.com/F1igJ4PUd5

Jan 30, 2015

Old media is being pushed out, and can’t figure out why. But it’s simple, really: They squandered our trust. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Jan 30, 2015

Fantastic take on why Obama talked to "weird YouTube personalities," w epic Murdoch insult slate.com/blogs/bad_astr… via @BadAstronomer @Slate

Why She is the Singing, Dancing "Cool Girl"

slate.com — Katy Perry will headline the Super Bowl halftime show this Sunday, and Joe Coscarelli notes in the New York Times that Perry's "cutesy, feminine charm" makes her a "somewhat unorthodox" pick for the evening's entertainment-especially considering her fans "tend to be young women." But in fact, Katy Perry's entire persona...

a slate investigation

Jan 30, 2015

Attention Pulitzer board: Now that we're eligible, we've assembled our hard-hitting Slate investigations in one place slate.com/topics/a/a_sla…

Jan 30, 2015

I love it that "a Slate investigation" now has its own landing page on @slate. So many investigations: slate.com/topics/a/a_sla…

Long and fascinating history includes arrows, diples, and inverted commas

slate.com — The punctuation mark is a storied character. Its family tree extends all the way back to the second century BC, when its earliest ancestor sprang into being at the ancient Library of Alexandria. The so-called diple, or "double," was an arrow-shaped character (>) named for the two strokes of the pen...

Southern state invited to separatist summit.

slate.com — A representative of the Russia-backed Donetsk People's Republic rebel group in Ukraine has invited Texas to participate in an upcoming summit of separatist states, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reports. Aleksandr Kofman made the assertion in a TV appearance on a station in rebel-held Donetsk. Kofman listed representatives from Spain's Basque...
Jan 30, 2015

...adding that those in favor of Texas independence "fully support the Donetsk People's Republic." slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Slate: Ukraine separatists invited Texas to participate in a "summit of unrecognized states": slate.me/1EUdrVw pic.twitter.com/BI83jboWpx

The Clash Between the Old and New Guard of Late-Night

slate.com — During Letterman's opening monologue last night, he quipped: "It was so cold here in the New York area today, Chris Christie was wearing two giant sweaters." Then, irked by the weakness of his joke, he asked writers Joe Grossman and R.J. Fried to come onstage and punch it up, and-after...
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Slate: John Oliver’s Letterman appearance and the clash between the old and new guard of late night: slate.me/1EUF8NS pic.twitter.com/qPyceFoyVk

It’s noble, but way less important than actual consumer protection.

slate.com — The idea behind the financial literacy movement sounds like common sense. The financial world is complicated? People don't do the right things? Then educate them! Teach kids about budgets and living within their means, offer employees an investment information session-and voilà! Twenty years later, credit card debt and the retirement...
Jan 30, 2015

"Financial literacy is no substitute for actual consumer protection slate.com/articles/busin…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @Slate: Stop trying to make "financial literacy" happen. We need actual consumer protection: slate.me/1EScHjy pic.twitter.com/BunfUJGxEa

Jan 30, 2015

"Financial literacy doesn't work." Yes, this is what research seems to show, but it's perplexing. It *ought* to work. slate.com/articles/busin…

Jan 30, 2015

The “financial literacy” movement is a noble distraction. We need *actual* consumer protection. slate.com/articles/busin… via @slate

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A booming local film industry is driving a martial arts craze.

slate.com — Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter. KAMPALA, Uganda-The red dirt road through Wakaliga is slick and wet with morning rain, staining the shoes and socks of travelers the color of dried...

Journey cover band "excellent."

slate.com — Mitt Romney announced to top donors today that he will not be running for president in 2016, leaving Jeb Bush as perhaps the most prominent moderate Republican considering a run. And, as it happens, Jeb Bush also made a huge announcement recently. Wow! NADA is the National Automobile Dealers Association....
Jan 30, 2015

Ugh. Now we know what song will play at Jeb Bush's inauguration. Please no. By @BenMathisLilley slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate

Jan 30, 2015

Woah if true. RT @Slate: Jeb Bush Announces That He Met an “Excellent” Journey Cover Band slate.me/1EUjwB6 pic.twitter.com/CFb2bo9sBS

Threat taken seriously, Times finds.

slate.com — A poll conducted by "the New York Times, Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future" finds that 54 percent of Republicans believe global warming is a "somewhat serious" or "very serious" problem for the United States-and that a majority of Republicans believe the government should...
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Slate: New poll finds Republicans believe in global warming, think government should take action to fight it: slate.me/1EuFRrC

Jan 30, 2015

RT @slatest: New poll: Republicans believe in global warming, think government should take action to fight it. slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Play the news quiz for Jan. 30.

slate.com — Welcome back to Slate's weekly news quiz. I'm your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings. Every Friday I'll be testing your knowledge with 12 challenging questions on the week's news events, big and small, including happenings in science, sports, politics, and culture both high and low. The questions are multiple-choice,...

How the media treats failed candidates' presidential decisions.

slate.com — So keyed up were news mavens for the possibility that Mitt Romney would run again for president that two media organizations, Bloomberg and the Daily Beast, initially misreported that the former Massachusetts Governor would be running. Romney then rather blandly announced to donors that he felt that he was not...
Jan 30, 2015

Weak. Just because POTUS losers almost never run again doesn't mean media shouldn't have taken Romney seriously: slate.com/blogs/the_slat…