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Skilled But Excluded

Leonid Bershidsky regrets that that Obama’s executive order did little for skilled immigrants: On the surface, there is little the president, without Congress’s help, can do for skilled migrants. The Immigration and Nationality Act allows only 65,000 people a year to receive H1B temporary skilled worker visas. (Exempt from this quota are 20,000 U.S. graduates […]

Yes, Obama Is A Phony On Torture

The Obama administration, it is now beyond dispute, is in thrall to the CIA. The president, through his chief-of-staff, Denis McDonough, has been doing all he can to render the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on torture unintelligible, if he cannot prevent its publication entirely. And he is not giving an inch in his now two-years’ […]

“Everything Is One. Can’t You See It?”

In the wake of yesterday’s video of weed-smoking grandmas, a reader associates to this remarkable video from the 1950s: It’s hard to imagine seeing something like this on our screens today, isn’t it? But fascinating nonetheless, as our reader explains: It was during the days when everyone was trying to figure out the range of […]

Yglesias Award Nominee

“No person, or presidential administration, is perfect. Mistakes happen. But this steady stream of screw-ups means that “people are going to be more skeptical of HHS figures in the future, for understandable reasons,” Cohn writes. When the White House releases monthly enrollment numbers — figures that are expected to be higher than last year — […]

The Power Of Shit

This 'Bio-Bus' in London is fueled by human poop. No, this is not a story from the Onion. — Transport Solutions (@transolutions) November 21, 2014 As of yesterday, residents of Bath in southwest England have the exciting opportunity to ride a bus powered entirely by their own garbage and excrement: The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” […]

Faces Of The Day

Like some Doctor Who re-union, here’s Frank Foer, Mike Kinsley, Rick Hertzberg, and yours truly at Wednesday night’s 100th Anniversary dinner in honor of The New Republic. The NYT has a write-up of the event here. It was wonderful to see some old friend and former-friends and also a little unsettling to see so many […]

Where Are The Hawks For Immigration Reform?

Freddie asks: [I]f you are a liberal internationalist, a humanitarian interventionist, you better be out there beating the drum for this reform every day. You better be going on cable news, spending all of your political capital trying to make this happen. You better take to the op/ed pages and Twitter and every other way […]

When Faith Falters

The essayist and critic George Scialabba has produced an absorbing account of his long struggle with severe depression – simply by reproducing selected intake reports and treatment notes from four decades of therapy and medication, adorned only with a very short introduction. It’s a granular, intimate look at what it is like to live with […]

The Strangeness Of Our Love Of Our Pets

Virginia Hughes looks at the science on why people have pets: If pet-keeping were a purely (or even largely) biologically driven trait, it would be difficult to explain why its popularity has spiked in the last 200 years, and particularly since World War II — a tiny blip on the timeline of human evolution. As […]

Illiberal Feminism Strikes Again

This is a truly clarifying argument: The idea that in a free society absolutely everything should be open to debate has a detrimental effect on marginalised groups. Debating abortion as if it’s a topic to be mulled over and hypothesised on ignores the fact that this is not an abstract, academic issue. It may seem […]

What To Think Of Bill Cosby? Ctd

The latest damning evidence in the Cosby saga is this post-interview AP footage: Amanda Hess blames the culture of entertainment journalism for allowing the allegations to go under the radar for so long, pointing to that AP interview as a prime example: Entertainment journalists require access to rich, famous people, and rich, famous people require […]

Another Day, Another Mass Shooting

Student says books in his backpack saved his life during FSU shooting: — ABC News (@ABC) November 21, 2014 Myron May, the man who shot and wounded three people at the Florida State University library yesterday morning before police killed him, was mentally disturbed: May’s Facebook page shows he posted mostly Bible verses […]

A Democrat Finally Steps Up, Ctd

Joe Klein welcomes Jim Webb’s presidential run: He will be a refreshing presence on the campaign trail. He doesn’t talk like a politician. He can be blunt and combative. He has taken strong populist economic stands and was a strong opponent of the war in Iraq. In fact, Webb goes in strong whenever he takes […]

The Dish Mug Is Here!

[Re-posted from yesterday] A reader wrote recently: I haven’t bought a t-shirt because that’s not so much my thing. I eagerly await a coffee mug though. A mug with a beagle on it would make my mornings brighter. We looked and labored over a dozen different mug options and chose what we think is the […]

Can Republicans Avoid The Trap Obama Set?

Noam Scheiber highly doubts it: [T]he conservative message machine has gone on at length about the “constitutional crisis” the president is instigating. The right has compared Obama to a monarch (see here and here), a Latin American caudillo, even a conspirator against the Roman Republic. (Ever melodrama much?) The rhetoric gets a little thick. But […]

Obama’s Legal Footing Is Sound

That’s Walter Dellinger’s determination: The idea that the immigration plan just announced by President Obama is a lawless power grab is absurd. As the Justice Department legal analysis that was just released amply demonstrates, much of the advance criticism of the president’s action has been uninformed and unwarranted. The opinion is well-reasoned and at times […]

What Happens To The Iran Talks Now?

No nuclear deal in sight as US and Iran both leave talks in Vienna just days before deadline — AJE News (@AJENews) November 21, 2014 Monday is the deadline for reaching a comprehensive agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program. Despite some hopeful signs in recent weeks, it is not likely to be met: not […]

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