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Overanalyzing a Nationals pitcher's contract in 'How Do You Know'

tbd.com — Owen Wilson plays the most overpaid pitcher of all time. How Do You Know is, by most accounts, a film you shouldn't watch even if you've just spent five years in a Mongolian village, without electricity or sex.

Video of Overcrowded Subway in Brazil Should Scare Soccer Fans

newrepublic.com — Brazilian daily Folha de S.Paulo on Wednesday posted this frightening video of an overcrowded Metro station in São Paulo, where bus drivers went on strike Tuesday to protest the terms of their union's deal with management. At least 300,000 commuters have been affected on the strike's second day, but probably none more than several women in this video.

Anthony Bourdain Profile: Parts Unknown Host Is the Celebrity He Hated

newrepublic.com — "Things are different now," Anthony Bourdain wrote in the preface to the paperback edition of his debut memoir, 2000's Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly , which became a hit largely thanks to its frank, populist advice to diners: Don't order fish on Mondays, don't order mussels ever, don't order meat well done, and avoid brunch altogether (especially Hollandaise, "a veritable petri dish of biohazards").

Wall Street Journal's Sochi Coverage Is Overwhelmingly Condescending

newrepublic.com — Last week, a day before the Winter Olympics began, The New Republic's Julia Ioffe took Western journalists to task for gleefully tweeting about the state of Sochi's hotel-the broken elevators, the urine-colored tap water, the knob-less doors-writing that "a lot of this complaining does smack of some pretty fantastic schadenfreude."

Valentine's Day Is Not the Problem. Love Itself Is.

newrepublic.com — It's called Valentine's Day, but much like Christmas or the Super Bowl, it is hardly a single-day event in America anymore.

Puppy Bowl X Is Even Worse Than the Super Bowl

newrepublic.com — Before your eyes widen with rage and your temple veins burst, before you leave a profane comment at the bottom of this article, before you tweet about how I should be euthanized, and before you photoshop my face onto Hitler's body and upload it to the Facebook page "Ryan Kearney Is Worse Than Michael Vick," know this: I think puppies are cute.

War on Christmas: Megyn Kelly, Conservatives Should Hate Santa Claus

newrepublic.com — The war over the War on Christmas has flared up again. Slate's Aisha Harris fired the latest salvo with her piece last week, " Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore," prompting a famously confused response from Fox News host Megyn Kelly that "Santa Claus just is white" and "Jesus was a white man, too.

Malcolm Gladwell, Gakwer's Tom Scocca Wage War Over Smarm

newrepublic.com — Gawker's Tom Scocca, in an essay last week arguing that "smarm"-not snark-is the "defining feature of our times," took on two smarmyweights: David Eggers and Malcolm Gladwell. The former "is full of shit," Scocca wrote, while the latter "is a known expert, in theory and practice, on the marketing power of popularity."

Obamacare Is Obama's Katrina, Iraq War, Watergate, and Vietnam, too?

newrepublic.com — The mainstream press has a habit of calling Obamacare "the president's signature domestic achievement," but the Affordable Care Act's supporters and detractors have proven fond of historical analogies, no matter how hyperbolic. Here are the most prominent-and absurd-comparisons I could find, roughly in reverse-chronological order.
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Oct 21, 2014

Stubble man "was up too late last night doing things. Or doing people." bit.ly/1ny5Es0

Oct 21, 2014

@tweetbot Getting this whenever I try to tweet photos—regardless of photo type and location. pic.twitter.com/C8qZ3UZOM0

Oct 21, 2014

This black journalist is quitting the MSM. She’s tired of newsroom racism. bit.ly/1whRgov

Oct 20, 2014

So all those minimum-wage hikes around the country aren’t killing jobs like Republicans predicted. bit.ly/10eLYiN

Oct 20, 2014

.@MonicaLewinsky joins Twitter to fight harassment, predictably gets harassed: bit.ly/1wfZXzC

Oct 20, 2014

@theproteinbar Does bone count as protein? Because there sure is a lot of it in my chicken parm bowl right now.

Oct 20, 2014

RT @rebleber: Nigeria declared Ebola-free. Nigeria also never imposed a travel ban. on.tnr.com/1tF2SUv

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