The Book of Dust, Volume 1

You should not use the word love lightly. Love, about a person, means that every inch of them delights you, even the parts that also cause you pain or terror. It means you care about their flourishing; their way of seeing is dear to you; you want to stroke their…
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Google’s AI Has Made Some Pretty Huge Leaps This Week

When DeepMind’s AlphaGo AI defeated Lee Sedol, the Korean Go champion, for the first time last year, it stunned the world. Many, including Sedol himself, didn’t expect an AI to have mastered the complicated board game, but it won four out of five matches—proving it could compete with the best…
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Judge Orders Trump Administration to Let Undocumented Immigrant Minor Obtain Abortion

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered the Trump administration to let an unaccompanied, undocumented immigrant minor obtain an abortion. The minor, referred to in court filings as Jane Doe, arrived in the United States without her parents, and is currently being held at a federally funded shelter in…
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My Quantified Monster and Me

When I think back to the demons of my childhood, I almost always linger longest on the rust monster. Though it resembled a crudely drawn armadillo, it was the size of a mountain lion. Other, more dangerous, beasts lived in the caves where I found it; there were neither claws…
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The Angle: Fight, Fight Edition

Distant rumors: We are starting to hear things about Elena Kagan’s distaste for her new colleague, Neil Gorsuch. As Mark Joseph Stern explains, the fact that such gossip is oozing out, despite the Supreme Court’s tradition of airtight secrecy, means that some justice or other meant for it to leak.…
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Free Fake Melania

Melania Trump, with her big sunglasses, belted ensembles, and face-framing brown mane, has what you might call a signature look, one that wouldn’t be all that hard to re-create on another woman of similar height and build if, for some reason, another Melania were required. At least, that’s the rationale…
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Fox News Had a Good Segment

Since starting this pop-up blog, I have received and read many comments from people who are convinced that it exists solely as an excuse to gratuitously bash Fox News. This is not true! I only bash Fox News when the network deserves it, and it is not my fault that…
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The Fake Trump "Fix" That Could Stabilize Obamacare

For months, President Trump rejected the idea of a bipartisan bill to stabilize Obamacare in the near-term. On Monday, though, he saw a way through which he could pretend to take credit for such a bill, and came to support it. Conservatives treated the deal skeptically when Tennessee Sen. Lamar…
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Mississippi School Named After Jefferson Davis to be Renamed After Obama

A predominantly black school in Mississippi named after Confederate president Jefferson Davis is ditching its name and replacing it with Barack Obama’s. The school stakeholders of Davis Magnet IB in Jackson, Mississippi, voted earlier this month to change the school’s name to Barack Obama Magnet IB. The change will take…
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Jane the Virgin Actor’s New Project Will Be a Talk Show (and Dinner Party!) Where Men Discuss Masculinity

Justin Baldoni is best-known for playing the frequently shirtless baby daddy Rafael Solano on Jane the Virgin, and he will now bring that same hunky sensitivity to a new project that aims to redefine masculinity. Baldoni will lead a new, weekly talk show called Man Enough with a diverse, rotating…
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