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Texas Democrat Wendy Davis thrilled abortion rights supporters on Tuesday night with a 13-hour filibuster, helping to beat back a Republican bill that would have closed most abortion clinics in the state. Huge crowds gathered inside and outside the Texas Senate chamber as Davis resisted the urge to sit, lean, or digress. Why did U.S. senators stop holding talking filibusters?
After authoring a slew of 5–4 conservative opinions this week and helping to effectively kill the Voting Rights Act, Justice Samuel Alito should be in a good mood. He’s not. On Monday, a cranky Alito rolled his eyes, shook his head,Show More Summary
We often hear how the world as we know it will end, usually through ecological collapse. Indeed, more than 40 years after the Club of Rome released the mother of all apocalyptic forecasts, The Limits to Growth, its basic ideas are still with us. But time has not been kind.
JERUSALEM—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Lally Weymouth on Thursday in Jerusalem about how he sees the situation in Israel and across the region. Excerpts:
Every week in the Game of Thrones TV Club, Rachael Larimore will IM with a different fan of the show about the goings-on in Westeros and across the Narrow Sea. This week she discusses the finale with Yahoo Sports writer and columnist (and frequent TV Club guest) Jay Busbee.
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Drones are everywhere. They are blasting suspected al-Qaida militants in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. They are menacing China. They are being shot down in Israel. They are hovering outside of homes in America and spying on their residents. And they are forcing us to rethink some basic legal principles—for good reason, because drones are making the old ones obsolete.
Listen to Gary Greenberg discuss what he calls the “DSM wars,” The Book of Woe: The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry:
Every once in a while, a terrorist sets off a fatal bomb in the United States. In 1993, it was the World Trade Centers. In 1995, it was Oklahoma City. In 1996, it was Atlanta Olympics. Now it’s Boston. Each time it happens, we’re shocked.
The annual Masters golf tournament begins Thursday, and most of us will watch the festivities in air-conditioned splendor. In a 2002 article reprinted below, Alex Heard commends those who take in the proceedings while reclined on the couch. "Be not ashamed of yielding to televised golf's soporific power," Heard advises.
One hot summer day when I was 12, I stepped onto a clay tennis court to play a girl I’d never met before. I knew that her name was Lisa and that she was 9, and I could see that she was short. I figured that I’d gotten a lucky draw.
At first glance, the tensions with North Korea seem like Europe 1914: One country steps out of line; another responds with the threat of force; the next thing you know, the World War I breaks out.
I have a friend who does not understand camp. Or at least, she’s not confident of her camp judgment. So once she learned that I was preoccupied with the subject, she took to regularly asking me if this or that thing was camp. “Drag queens...Show More Summary
Last week a man bumped into me on Fifth Avenue.
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To say that this is an exciting year to be a Doctor Who fan is pretty much the under-est of understatements. Sure, show runner Steven Moffat has already set this season’s mystery in motion – who is Clara Oswin Oswald, why does she seem...Show More Summary
It was hard to believe, but the student insisted it was true. He had discovered that compact discs from a major record company, Sony BMG, were installing dangerous software on people’s computers, without notice. The graduate student, Alex Halderman (now a professor at the University of Michigan), was a wizard in the lab. Show More Summary
Seven years ago, I jumped into shark-infested waters. Three dozen black-tipped reef sharks swarmed around me while two 12-foot tiger sharks circled the perimeter. There was no cage—just 12 divers and a swarm of sharks, sometimes literally brushing past us. They darted above, below, and beside me in the silent and shallow blue waters off South Africa.
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