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Röyksopp and Robyn Meet the Inevitable End

Most bands don't announce their final album in advance. That designation is typically applied post-facto, when once-harmonious bandmates descend into irreparable squabbles on the road. But Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp has declared...Show More Summary

Death Wears Bunny Slippers

Illustration by Tavis Coburn Along a lonely state highway on central Montana's high plains, I approach what looks like a ranch entrance, complete with cattle guard. "The first ace in the hole," reads a hand-etched cedar plank hanging from tall wooden posts. Show More Summary

That Time We Almost Nuked North Carolina

Thanks to a steep learning curve in the design and handling of nuclear weapons, a continuing emphasis on readiness before safety, and a history of mismanagement—see "Death Wears Bunny Slippers," our companion story on the disgruntled young men who babysit our ICBMs—the United States military has had a frightening number of near-misses. Show More Summary

Sexts from Scarlett O'Hara

For many people who grow up with their noses in books, meeting their favorite character is the ultimate fantasy. Mallory Ortberg isn't one of those readers. "They're such assholes," the co-founder of feminist website The Toast says when I ask her who in the Western canon she'd most want as a texting buddy. Show More Summary

How Environmental Groups Are Reacting to Tuesday's "Miserable Fucking Failure"

This story originally appeared in The Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. To say Tuesday was a bad day for environmental groups would be an understatement. In his opening remarks at a National...Show More Summary

Digging Deeper Into Robert Frank's America

On November 9th, photographer Robert Frank turns 90. While turning 90 is worth celebrating, what's really impressive is that the work he created 60 years ago continues to resonates so strongly today. Frank's photos of the United States...Show More Summary

A Princess Bride Memoir? Inconceivable!

A purple-haired woman stops in front of the actor Cary Elwes' table among the shelves of San Francisco's Book Passage. "Can I just say, 'Thank you for my childhood?'" If Elwes were slicker, or perhaps more full of himself, he might have...Show More Summary

Here Comes the Sun: America's Solar Boom, in Charts

Last week, an energy analyst at Deutsche Bank came to a startling conclusion: By 2016, solar power will be as cheap or cheaper than electricity from the conventional grid in every state except three. That's without any changes to existing policy. Show More Summary

Jon Stewart's New Film Is Very Real, and Frighteningly Familiar

First there was the initial optimism, the confidence that this was all a misunderstanding, and once they found out who you really were they would let you go. Then there was your conviction that you were innocent, that you had nothing to hide. Show More Summary

Mia Love: Representative From Nowhere

Of all the victories conservatives are crowing about this week, none seem as welcome as that of Utah's Mia Love, the first black Republican woman ever to be elected to Congress. She's been the subject of fawning profiles and officially dubbed a "rockstar" by Michelle Malkin and other right-wing pundits. Show More Summary

How Surveillance Turns Ordinary People Into Terrorism Suspects

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It began with an unexpected rapping on the front door. When Wiley Gill opened up, no one was there. Suddenly, two police officers appeared, their guns drawn, yelling, "Chico Police...Show More Summary

Adam Savage on #Gamergate, Hollywood, and Women in Science

Last week, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival, I had the chance to interview Mythbusters host and producer Adam Savage for a live episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast. Savage is a science evangelist, and he's been instrumental in educating huge numbers of people on how science works and why it's so much fun. Show More Summary

2014: The Year of Koch

The 2014 election season acquired its fair share of nicknames: the Nothing Election, the Seinfeld Election, and the Meh Midterms. Here's another: The Year of Koch. Big money from outside spenders like the Koch brothers' political network and the pro-Democratic Senate Majority PAC dominated this year's elections. Show More Summary

The Fight for Abortion Rights Just Got a Whole Lot Harder

The GOP wave didn't just crash into the US Senate. It flooded state legislatures, as well. By Wednesday evening, Republicans were in control of 67 of the nation's 99 state legislative chambers—up from 57 before the election. It's still unclear which party will control two other chambers. Already, anti-abortion advocates are calling it a big win. Show More Summary

2014 Was the Year Men Finally Got Feminism

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. What do the prime minister of India, retired National Football League punter Chris Kluwe, and superstar comedian Aziz Ansari have in common? It's not that they've all walked into a bar, though Ansari could probably figure out the punch line to that joke. Show More Summary

Texas Dems Spent $36 Million and All They Got Was This Lousy Landslide. Now What?

Oops. Last year, fresh from a presidential reelection campaign in which it was hailed for its 21st-century tactics and organizing prowess, a group of Obama for America veterans descended on Texas with the goal of turning the state purple. Show More Summary

Map: The United States of Legal Weed

With marijuana now legal in four states and the District of Columbia, the movement to end the prohibition of pot continues to gain steam. Another five states are expected to introduce ballot measures to legalize recreational pot in 2016, including California, Massachusetts, and Nevada. Show More Summary

Washington Voters Just Passed the Gun Law Congress Couldn't

Most post-election coverage has focused on how Republicans drubbed Democrats in the battle for Congress, but there was another resounding victory worth noting on Tuesday, and it wasn't a partisan one. Universal background checks forShow More Summary

The Climate Lost Big-Time in Tuesday's Election

Tuesday's elections were a major defeat for those who want to take serious action against global warming. Environmentalists spent millions in an effort to defeat pro-fossil-fuel Republicans, but their efforts largely failed. Key Senate...Show More Summary

White House Aide: No Way the GOP Will Work With Us

As the postelection celebration (for the GOP) and cleanup (for the White House and the Democrats) continues, some political observers of a D bent are trying to push a silver-lining idea: Now that the Republicans fully control Congress,...Show More Summary

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