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What's On Tonight: Sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll: HBO wishes you a Happy Vinyl-tines Day

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, February 14. All times are Eastern. Top pick Vinyl (HBO, 9 p.m.): Give or take an animated series about angsty critters, HBO has been largely dormant since 2016 began. But that hiatus comes...Show More Summary

Winter Gear Testing 

It's the dead of winter here on the East Coast, and we are spending a lot of time planning and daydreaming about our upcoming backpacking season. With so much down time, we have had the opportunity to test some items to see if they will make it into our packs this year. Show More Summary

Liveslogging Tonight's GOP Debate in a Post-Christie, Post-Scalia World!

8 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Now that Chris Christie isn't here to throw Marco Rubio off his game, will he be able to say things just once, or will animatronic Rubio come out again? Crush Rush / Shutterstock.com We're about to head into the 9400th 2016 GOP debate!...Show More Summary

Can Obama Take Over the Supreme Court?

8 hours agoNews : The Daily Beast

Think political polarization is bad now? Its about to go into hyperspace. But here are some people Obama could appoint.

Adam Silver jokes that he would like reporters to stop complaining about how cold it is in Toronto

TORONTO — After what locals have said has been a mild winter here in Toronto, temperatures dropped below 10 degrees on Saturday, (...)

The immediate impact of the death of Justice Scalia

Dan Crawford emailed me shortly after the news broke about Justice Scalia’s death, asking whether I have any random thoughts about it.  Here’s what I wrote back: I posted a comment to Bill’s post on the announcement, saying that I think everyone should take a deep breath before saying much of anything.  It’s absolutely huge, […]

Scalia's Death: Our Initial Reactions

President Reagan announces Scalia as his SCOTUS nominee on June 17, 1986. (Ron Edmonds / AP) Russell has details here about the bombshell news. And here are initial reactions from Atlantic staffers via Twitter, including RTs: Oh wow. — Matt Ford (@fordm) February 13, 2016 Antonin Scalia loved his country, and devoted his life to its service. Show More Summary

The fight over Justice Scalia’s replacement has already started. Here’s how it will play out.

Supreme Court Justice Scalia, who has just died unexpectedly, was a highly influential figure in American jurisprudence and legal thought. There will be much written about his legacy over the next few days. Yet even in the first few hours after the announcement of his passing, politicians are staking out their positions on the politics […]

Right Wingers Already Having an Orgy of Conspiracy Theories About Scalia's Death

Yes, of course the right wing blogs and media sites are already overflowing with conspiracy theories about Antonin Scalia. Every single wingnut site is packed with them. Here are a few examples out of too many thousands to count: Went to see what was happening at Breitbart Propaganda - here’s the first comment I saw. Show More Summary

We the Suckers: The truth about US voters

I’ve got your weekend think piece right here! Ben Fountain, writing in The Guardian, tells it like it is about the gullible American electorate: Let the record reflect: the American people are a bunch of suckers. “Weapons of mass destruction.” “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” “Read my lips.” “I am not [...]

Here is What Was Written About the Peyton Manning Trainer Incident Back in 1996 and 1997

10 hours agoSports : The Big Lead

The story on Peyton Manning and a Tennessee trainer who settled with the school for $300,000 back in 1997 is coming back into the fore (...)

For The Love Of God Do Not Set Your iPhone Clock Back To 1970

Here is a cautionary tale for our time. Apple has always bragged about their "no viruses" reputation, however, if you are dumb and decide to do this hack, you will definitely get one. In this case if you set your baby -- I mean iPhone clock back to January 1, 1970,…

Here is the current state of Fox Sports in one tweet

12 hours agoSports : Awful Announcing

By now you’ve probably read the explosive new story about the old Peyton Manning story regarding sexual assault allegations during his time at Tennessee.  While the New York Daily News story has issues of its own and has been covered...Show More Summary

Quora Question: Was George Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware on Christmas an Act of Terrorism?

12 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer by Jon Davis,...Show More Summary

Weekend Follow-Up #1: Welfare Reform and Deep Poverty

I'd forgotten about this even though I wrote about it two years ago, but here's yet another chart about "deep poverty": In this case, deep poverty is defined as households with income under 50 percent of the poverty line (about $10,000 for a family of three). Show More Summary

25 Larger-Than-Life Facts About Texas

15 hours agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The birthplace of presidents, movie stars, folk heroes, and outlaws, here are 25 facts about the Lone Star State.

Quora Question: How Are People Using Twitter to Network Effectively?

15 hours agoNews : Newsweek: US

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we'll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Andrew...Show More Summary

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away so field naturalist and...

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away so field naturalist and artist Rosemary Mosco of bird and moon (previously featured here) is here to teach us about romance according to Rock Doves (aka feral/city pigeons). Now you and your sweetie will know how to show each other that you care while wearing your pigeon masks. Show More Summary

Box Office: 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Nears $910M, 'Kung Fu Panda 3' Shows Some Leg

Walt Disney Okay, here’s the Friday holdover news. If you’re guessing that this is mostly an excuse to put Star Wars: The Force Awakens in a headline, you’re at least 80% correct! I also care about the solid hold for Kung Fu Panda 3 and the weak (but not fatal) Friday [...]

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