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Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election as mayor of Chicago

Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election as mayor of Chicago

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TO WIN elections, a certain degree of likeability is indispensable. That was a problem for Rahm Emanuel, who surprised everyone on September 4th by saying he won’t, after all, seek re-election as Chicago’s mayor after two terms in office. It appears that he expected to be humiliated in the election early next year. “Rahmbo”, as…
Britain identifies two Russians as suspects in the Skripal poisoning

Britain identifies two Russians as suspects in the Skripal poisoning

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SPARE a thought for the GRU, Russia’s military intelligence service. Twelve of its officers were indicted in July by Robert Mueller, America’s special counsel, for interfering in the presidential election in 2016. The same month, two more officers were implicated in a plot to kill Montenegro’s prime minister. Now Britain has named yet another pair…
How gender stereotypes are built into Mandarin

How gender stereotypes are built into Mandarin

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GENDER bias in language is exercising Europe’s linguists. A French grammar book published last year ignited debates about an old grammatical rule that holds that masculine forms of words trump the feminine. In similar vein, Spanish politicians have proposed editing the constitution to include a reference to female workers (“workers” in the masculine, and therefore universal,…
Sanders Introduces Bill Taxing Big Corporations for Employees’ Welfare Benefits

Sanders Introduces Bill Taxing Big Corporations for Employees’ Welfare Benefits

Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during an event to introduce the “Medicare for All Act of 2017” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., September 13, 2017. (Yuri Gripas/Reuters) Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont introduced a bill on Wednesday that would require large corporations to reimburse the government for welfare benefits extended to their employees. The bill,…
The Faux Bipartisan Unity at John McCain’s Funeral

The Faux Bipartisan Unity at John McCain’s Funeral

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R,Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, (D, N.Y.), lay a wreath at the casket of John McCain during his memorial service at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC on Friday, August 31, 2018. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters) Presenting a false façade of unity where none has existed for decades only plays…
A Golf Truce?

A Golf Truce?

President Trump waves as he walks on the course of his golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland, July 14, 2018. (Henry Nicholls/Reuters) There’s nothing wrong with a president who plays golf, so let’s stop pretending there is. Some recent headlines: Trump has visited his golf courses for 25 percent of his time in officeWashington Mourned John…
Being Inspired by U.S. Achievements Shouldn’t Be Partisan

Being Inspired by U.S. Achievements Shouldn’t Be Partisan

Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong suits up on launch day, July 16, 1969. (NASA) Why aren’t liberals upset at the absence of the U.S. flag in First Man? I  know the news cycle has moved on to fresher outrages, but I’d like to revisit last week’s culture-war freakout, because I think the wrong people freaked…
The Kavanaugh Show Trial Begins

The Kavanaugh Show Trial Begins

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in before his confirmation hearing, September 4, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) Democratic senators set aside decency, dignity, and common sense to join forces with shrieking protesters. You are a blackguard, a liar, a hypocrite and a stench in the nostrils of honest men. If it were in my…
India’s government turns down disaster relief

India’s government turns down disaster relief

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print-edition icon Print edition | Asia Aug 30th 2018 THIS week was supposed to be a time for celebration in the Indian state of Kerala, with feasts, dancing and boat races to mark the harvest festival of Onam. But as the waters recede from what may be the state’s worst floods in a century, few…
Older men are more prone to cognitive impairment from dirty air

Older men are more prone to cognitive impairment from dirty air

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LIVING under thick layers of smog is known to cause illness and reduce life expectancy. The degree to which pollution harms the mind is less clear. In theory some of the toxins that get inhaled could damage the nervous system and hamper intellect, but few studies have looked into this. One just has, however, and…