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  • California's Drought Is So Bad That Thousands Are Living Without Running Water

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    Julia Lurie
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most of us are feeling the effects of the California drought from a distance, if at all: Our produce is a little more expensive, our news feeds are filled with images of cracked earth. But thousands of people in California's Central Valley are feeling the drought much more acutely, because water has literally ceased running from their taps. The drought in these communities resembles a never-ending natural disaster, says Andrew Lockman, manager of the county's Office of Emergency Services. Most disasters are "sudden onset, they run their course over hours or days, and then you clean up the…
  • California's Drought Is So Bad That Thousands Are Living Without Running Water

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    Julia Lurie
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most of us are feeling the effects of the California drought from a distance, if at all: Our produce is a little more expensive, our news feeds are filled with images of cracked earth. But thousands of people in California's Central Valley are feeling the drought much more acutely, because water has literally ceased running from their taps. The drought in these communities resembles a never-ending natural disaster, says Andrew Lockman, manager of the county's Office of Emergency Services. Most disasters are "sudden onset, they run their course over hours or days, and then you clean up the…
  • For a Week, Walter Palmer Is the Worst Human Being Ever in History

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    Kevin Drum
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Max Fisher argues that the social media jihad against Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion, is wildly out of control: Web users uncovered Palmer's personal information, including about his family, and published it online. They went after his business, a private dental practice, posting thousands of negative reviews on Yelp and other sites. The practice has since shut down. Users also went after professional websites that host his profile, leading the sites to remove his information. On Twitter and on his practice's public Facebook page, people made threats of…
  • Marco Rubio Uses Cecil the Lion to Shame Planned Parenthood Supporters

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    Inae Oh
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Today, Marco Rubio couldn't resist attempting to conflate two recent controversies—an American dentist's admission he killed Cecil the lion and a sting operation currently targeting Planned Parenthood—for the following take: Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2015 The tweet, aside from demonstrating a clear lack of grammar skills, mirrors similar statements from the likes of Rush Limbaugh asserting the same blend of crazy. Rubio should probably lay off of…
  • Watch Activists Dangle Off a Portland Bridge to Block Shell's Arctic-Bound Ship

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    Luke Whelan
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Environmental activists have taken to kayak, chain, and even rocking chair to slow down Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer. For the past two days, they took their protest to a new extreme. Early Wednesday morning, around a dozen Greenpeace activists rappelled off a bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. to stop a Shell ship stationed there for repairs from returning to the Arctic. This morning, it appears they caused the ship to turn around after it tried to rejoin Shell's fleet in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea. The ship, called the MSV Fennica, went…
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  • California's Drought Is So Bad That Thousands Are Living Without Running Water

    Julia Lurie
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most of us are feeling the effects of the California drought from a distance, if at all: Our produce is a little more expensive, our news feeds are filled with images of cracked earth. But thousands of people in California's Central Valley are feeling the drought much more acutely, because water has literally ceased running from their taps. The drought in these communities resembles a never-ending natural disaster, says Andrew Lockman, manager of the county's Office of Emergency Services. Most disasters are "sudden onset, they run their course over hours or days, and then you clean up the…
  • Hillary Clinton Fires Back at the New York Times

    AJ Vicens
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The New York Times had a bombshell on its hands the other day: the paper of record reported that government investigators had asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal charges in relation to the emails Hillary Clinton kept on a private server. But the Times' scoop was way off. The government investigators had actually asked the Department of Justice to look into whether Clinton's emails that contained classified information might have been inadvertently released by the State Department. The story played right into the hands of Clinton's legion of enemies, who now had a…
  • What We Learned About Donald Trump by Playing His Board Game

    Tim Murphy
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Donald Trump's preparation for the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate is "low key, absolutely low stress," adviser Chuck Laudner told the Washington Post on Wednesday "This isn't 50 consultants locked in a war room, with a fake podium and cardboard cutouts of the other candidates, playing the game of Risk." Maybe that's because Trump has a different board game of choice—his own. In 2004, as his reality television show The Apprentice was just getting underway, he unveiled the latest in a long line of short-lived ventures. (Hello, Trump Steaks.) It's called TRUMP: The Game,…
  • Corroborating Cops in Sam DuBose Case Were Involved in Another Death of Unarmed Black Man

    Allie Gross
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:31 pm
    University of Cincinnati Police Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd corroborated Officer Ray Tensing's seemingly false account of what happened before he shot and killed unarmed black man Samuel DuBose on July 19. After damming body cam footage was released, Tensing was charged with murder. But questions remain about Weibel and Kidd's role. And this is not the first time the duo have been involved in the death of an unarmed black man. According to the Guardian, in 2010 they were involved in another police brutality case. Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mental health patient at…
  • Fumes From Iowa Hog-Manure Pit Kill Father and Son

    Tom Philpott
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    Here's another reason why Americans should think twice about how the United States is emerging as the globe's hog farm: concentrating thousands of hogs in one place means concentrating huge amounts of their shit, too; and that shit puts off gases that are so noxious that they can kill people who work near them. Think I'm exaggerating? Get this, from the Des Moines Register: A father and his son who were so close that they were “like glue” were killed Saturday by noxious fumes from a northwest Iowa hog manure pit—the second father and son in the Midwest to die of poisonous…
 
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  • California's Drought Is So Bad That Thousands Are Living Without Running Water

    Julia Lurie
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most of us are feeling the effects of the California drought from a distance, if at all: Our produce is a little more expensive, our news feeds are filled with images of cracked earth. But thousands of people in California's Central Valley are feeling the drought much more acutely, because water has literally ceased running from their taps. The drought in these communities resembles a never-ending natural disaster, says Andrew Lockman, manager of the county's Office of Emergency Services. Most disasters are "sudden onset, they run their course over hours or days, and then you clean up the…
  • Hillary Clinton Fires Back at the New York Times

    AJ Vicens
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The New York Times had a bombshell on its hands the other day: the paper of record reported that government investigators had asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal charges in relation to the emails Hillary Clinton kept on a private server. But the Times' scoop was way off. The government investigators had actually asked the Department of Justice to look into whether Clinton's emails that contained classified information might have been inadvertently released by the State Department. The story played right into the hands of Clinton's legion of enemies, who now had a…
  • What We Learned About Donald Trump by Playing His Board Game

    Tim Murphy
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Donald Trump's preparation for the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate is "low key, absolutely low stress," adviser Chuck Laudner told the Washington Post on Wednesday "This isn't 50 consultants locked in a war room, with a fake podium and cardboard cutouts of the other candidates, playing the game of Risk." Maybe that's because Trump has a different board game of choice—his own. In 2004, as his reality television show The Apprentice was just getting underway, he unveiled the latest in a long line of short-lived ventures. (Hello, Trump Steaks.) It's called TRUMP: The Game,…
  • Corroborating Cops in Sam DuBose Case Were Involved in Another Death of Unarmed Black Man

    Allie Gross
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:31 pm
    University of Cincinnati Police Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd corroborated Officer Ray Tensing's seemingly false account of what happened before he shot and killed unarmed black man Samuel DuBose on July 19. After damming body cam footage was released, Tensing was charged with murder. But questions remain about Weibel and Kidd's role. And this is not the first time the duo have been involved in the death of an unarmed black man. According to the Guardian, in 2010 they were involved in another police brutality case. Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mental health patient at…
  • Good Job Saving Water, California! Now Don't Get Cocky.

    Gabrielle Canon
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    California's State Water Board announced some good news today: As the state's historic drought continues through its fifth hot summer, conservation efforts resulted in a reduction of urban water use of more than 59 billion gallons—six times the amount conserved during the same time last year—during the hottest June on record. These are the first monthly water conservation numbers to be released since Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order calling for emergency regulations and a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. The 27 percent saved in June exceeded…
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  • For a Week, Walter Palmer Is the Worst Human Being Ever in History

    Kevin Drum
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Max Fisher argues that the social media jihad against Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion, is wildly out of control: Web users uncovered Palmer's personal information, including about his family, and published it online. They went after his business, a private dental practice, posting thousands of negative reviews on Yelp and other sites. The practice has since shut down. Users also went after professional websites that host his profile, leading the sites to remove his information. On Twitter and on his practice's public Facebook page, people made threats of…
  • Will the Tea Party Shoot Itself in the Foot Yet Again?

    Kevin Drum
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Paul Waldman notes today that although Jeb Bush is substantively pretty conservative, his tone on the campaign trail has remained resolutely moderate and affable. Waldman explains how this leads to Bush winning the nomination: If you’re Bush, your path to victory looks like this: Trump soaks up all the attention for a while, but eventually gets bored (and hasn’t bothered to mount an actual campaign that can deliver votes), and either fades or just packs it in. Meanwhile, the conservative vote is split. Once the voting starts, the failing candidates will begin to fall away one by…
  • ISIS Is Losing the War, But That Doesn't Mean We're Winning It

    Kevin Drum
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Zack Beauchamp says that ISIS is losing the war. His evidence is the map on the right. ISIS may have taken over Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, but overall they've lost about 9 percent of the territory they controlled at the beginning of the year: This points to one of ISIS's most fundamental problems: It has too many enemies....ISIS's fighters might be skilled, but they can't fight everyone at once. True enough. What may be more interesting, though, is who they lost that territory to. Here are the numbers for territorial gains: +11% — Syrian rebels +10% — Kurdish forces…
  • Today's Trivia Quiz

    Kevin Drum
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    Quick trivia question: When was the last time one of the two major parties nominated a candidate for president who was neither a politician nor a former general? The prize for the winner is that they get to relax about the possibility of Donald Trump becoming the 45th president of the United States. UPDATE: Such smart commenters! The answer is Wendell Wilkie, 75 years ago. He lost, of course. So who was the last person to win the presidency with no previous political or military experience? Answer: no one. The closest call is probably Herbert Hoover, whose only political experience before…
  • Chart of the Day: The Economy Continues to Plod Along

    Kevin Drum
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:51 am
    GDP was up in the second quarter, but our economy is still not exactly a house afire. Preliminary results indicate an increase of 2.3 percent: The BEA explains where last quarter's growth came from: The acceleration in real GDP growth in the second quarter reflected an upturn in exports, an acceleration in PCE, a deceleration in imports, and an upturn in state and local government spending that were partly offset by downturns in private inventory investment, in nonresidential fixed investment, and in federal government spending and a deceleration in residential fixed investment....Real…
 
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  • Marco Rubio Uses Cecil the Lion to Shame Planned Parenthood Supporters

    Inae Oh
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Today, Marco Rubio couldn't resist attempting to conflate two recent controversies—an American dentist's admission he killed Cecil the lion and a sting operation currently targeting Planned Parenthood—for the following take: Look at all this outrage over a dead lion, but where is all the outrage over the planned parenthood dead babies. — Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2015 The tweet, aside from demonstrating a clear lack of grammar skills, mirrors similar statements from the likes of Rush Limbaugh asserting the same blend of crazy. Rubio should probably lay off of…
  • Michael Bay Made a Movie About Benghazi and It Looks Insane

    Tim Murphy
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Anthropomorphic stick of dynamite Michael Bay, the director of The Rock, Armageddon, Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, and four Transformers movies (also Pain and Gain—don't forget Pain and Gain!), has made a movie about the September 11, 2012, attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. The movie's release date is January 15, 2016—just in time for the Iowa caucuses. The film, 13 Hours, based on a book by the same name, is sure to prompt lots of discussion—intelligent and otherwise—on the presidential candidacy of former Secretary of State…
  • Mark Cuban Has the Dumbest Reason For Supporting Donald Trump

    Ben Dreyfuss
    28 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Mark Cuban is a famous billionaire. He owns the Dallas Mavericks. He also appeared on a few episodes of the terrible TV show Entourage. He apparently is quite the fan of Donald Trump's presidential campaign! Why, you ask? Let him explain: I don't care what his actual positions are. I don't care if he says the wrong thing. He says what's on his mind. He gives honest answers rather than prepared answers. This is more important than anything any candidate has done in years. He doesn't care what his actual positions are? You can never know what is in a politician's heart. Literally all you can go…
  • Getting a Home Loan Is Expensive—Especially for Black Women

    Jaeah Lee
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    A recent study in the Journal of Real Estate and Finance Economics finds that black home loan borrowers are charged higher interest rates than their white counterparts—and that black women pay the highest rates of all.   The three finance professors who authored the study analyzed the mortgages and demographic characteristics of more than 3,500 households during the height of the housing boom—2001, 2004, and 2007—using the Federal Reserve's triennial Survey of Consumer Finances. They found that on average, black borrowers were charged between 0.29 and 0.31 percentage…
  • Donald Trump's Lawyer: Marital Rape Cannot Be Rape

    Ben Dreyfuss
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:12 pm
    So Donald Trump used to be married to Ivana Trump. According to an account resurfaced by Tim Mak and Brandy Zadrozny at the Daily Beast, the former Mrs. Trump once used the word "rape" during legal proceedings in connection with an event between her and her ex-husband, the current GOP front-runner: Ivana Trump's assertion of "rape" came in a deposition—part of the early '90s divorce case between the Trumps, and revealed in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump. The book, by former Texas Monthly and Newsweek reporter Harry Hurt III, described a harrowing…
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  • Watch Activists Dangle Off a Portland Bridge to Block Shell's Arctic-Bound Ship

    Luke Whelan
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    Environmental activists have taken to kayak, chain, and even rocking chair to slow down Royal Dutch Shell's plans to drill for oil in the Arctic this summer. For the past two days, they took their protest to a new extreme. Early Wednesday morning, around a dozen Greenpeace activists rappelled off a bridge over the Willamette River in Portland, Ore. to stop a Shell ship stationed there for repairs from returning to the Arctic. This morning, it appears they caused the ship to turn around after it tried to rejoin Shell's fleet in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea. The ship, called the MSV Fennica, went…
  • This Map Shows What San Francisco Will Look Like After Sea Levels Rise

    Luke Whelan
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    Developers in the booming San Francisco Bay Area are busy planning everything from much-needed new housing to sports stadiums and gleaming tech campuses. But according to a new report just published by the San Francisco Public Press, many of these construction projects sit on land susceptible to rising waters due to climate change. And regulators and local governments are not doing much to prepare.  The Public Press found 27 major commercial and residential developments that will be vulnerable to flooding if San Francisco Bay sea levels rise as much as climate researchers like the…
  • These National Parks Got an "F" in Air Pollution

    Julia Lurie
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    It's late summer, and Americans are flocking to the country's national parks for some recreation and fresh air. But a study released this week by the National Parks Conservation Association found that air in some of the country's most popular parks is not so fresh—and it's potentially hazardous. The report rated the country's 48 parks in three categories: levels of ozone (a pollutant that can irritate or damage lungs), haziness, and the impacts of climate change on the park. Here are the 12 worst contenders (full list available here): National Parks Conservation Association Ozone is a…
  • Soon You Might Actually Be Able to Tell How Much Added Sugar Is in Your Food

    Maddie Oatman
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    When the popular news quiz show Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! hosted the country's Surgeon General, Vicek Murthy, last weekend, he was confronted with the question: What's your one weakness? "Sweets," he answered, "I like bread pudding and cheesecake, in particular." Many of us can identify with the hankering for the occasional piece of cheesecake after dinner. But lots of the added sugar you inhale probably doesn't come in the form of dessert. Rather, Americans get much of their sweetening in the form of beverages—especially soda—and packaged foods that at first glance seem snacky…
  • Hillary Clinton Refuses to Take a Position on the Keystone Pipeline

    Tim McDonnell
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    Hillary Clinton took a strong stance on clean energy Monday, telling a crowd in Des Moines, Iowa, that her efforts to tackle climate change would parallel President John F. Kennedy's call to action during the space race in the 1960s. "I want to get the country back to setting big ambitious goals," Clinton said. "I want us to get back into the future business, and one of the best ways we can do that is to be absolutely ready to address the challenge of climate change and make it work to our advantage economically." Her remarks tracked closely with an ambitious plan her campaign released Sunday…
 
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  • Hillary Clinton Fires Back at the New York Times

    AJ Vicens
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The New York Times had a bombshell on its hands the other day: the paper of record reported that government investigators had asked the Justice Department to investigate possible criminal charges in relation to the emails Hillary Clinton kept on a private server. But the Times' scoop was way off. The government investigators had actually asked the Department of Justice to look into whether Clinton's emails that contained classified information might have been inadvertently released by the State Department. The story played right into the hands of Clinton's legion of enemies, who now had a…
  • What We Learned About Donald Trump by Playing His Board Game

    Tim Murphy
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Donald Trump's preparation for the upcoming Republican presidential primary debate is "low key, absolutely low stress," adviser Chuck Laudner told the Washington Post on Wednesday "This isn't 50 consultants locked in a war room, with a fake podium and cardboard cutouts of the other candidates, playing the game of Risk." Maybe that's because Trump has a different board game of choice—his own. In 2004, as his reality television show The Apprentice was just getting underway, he unveiled the latest in a long line of short-lived ventures. (Hello, Trump Steaks.) It's called TRUMP: The Game,…
  • Corroborating Cops in Sam DuBose Case Were Involved in Another Death of Unarmed Black Man

    Allie Gross
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:31 pm
    University of Cincinnati Police Officers Eric Weibel and Phillip Kidd corroborated Officer Ray Tensing's seemingly false account of what happened before he shot and killed unarmed black man Samuel DuBose on July 19. After damming body cam footage was released, Tensing was charged with murder. But questions remain about Weibel and Kidd's role. And this is not the first time the duo have been involved in the death of an unarmed black man. According to the Guardian, in 2010 they were involved in another police brutality case. Kelly Brinson, a 45-year-old mental health patient at…
  • Homeland Security Is Tracking Black Lives Matter. Is That Legal?

    Brandon Ellington Patterson
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:48 am
    Last Friday, the Intercept released documents revealing that the Department of Homeland Security had been monitoring the Black Lives Matter movement since protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, last August. Emails obtained via the Freedom of Information Act showed that the department had tracked the movements of people at a Freddie Gray-related protest in Washington, DC, and had also monitored cultural events like DC's Annual Funk Parade and prayer vigils in predominately black neighborhoods nationwide. DHS also tracked hashtags and other social media associated with Black Lives Matter.
  • Georgia Is Illegally Segregating Students With Behavioral Problems. There's a Better Way.

    Allie Gross
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    A US Department of Justice investigation has found that the state of Georgia is illegally segregating students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. The probe found not only that this sorting has resulted in an estimated 5,000 kids getting an inferior education—often in the same deteriorating buildings that were used during the Jim Crow days for black students—but that the segregated system limits the special education and behavioral resources available for students in integrated settings. According to ProPublica, the DOJ sent Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal and Attorney…
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  • Stark Photos of the World's Last Legal Polar Bear Hunt

    –Photographs by Ed Ou; Text by Dave Gilson
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
  • California's Drought Is So Bad That Thousands Are Living Without Running Water

    Julia Lurie
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most of us are feeling the effects of the California drought from a distance, if at all: Our produce is a little more expensive, our news feeds are filled with images of cracked earth. But thousands of people in California's Central Valley are feeling the drought much more acutely, because water has literally ceased running from their taps. The drought in these communities resembles a never-ending natural disaster, says Andrew Lockman, manager of the county's Office of Emergency Services. Most disasters are "sudden onset, they run their course over hours or days, and then you clean up the…
  • Good Job Saving Water, California! Now Don't Get Cocky.

    Gabrielle Canon
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    California's State Water Board announced some good news today: As the state's historic drought continues through its fifth hot summer, conservation efforts resulted in a reduction of urban water use of more than 59 billion gallons—six times the amount conserved during the same time last year—during the hottest June on record. These are the first monthly water conservation numbers to be released since Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order calling for emergency regulations and a 25 percent reduction in urban water use across the state. The 27 percent saved in June exceeded…
  • El Niño vs. the Blob: Here's Why California's Drought Probably Won't End Anytime Soon

    Tim McDonnell
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    California could be in for a wetter-than-normal winter, thanks to the mysterious meteorological phenomenon known as El Niño. Weather scientists have been watching El Niño get stronger throughout this year and think it could match or surpass the strongest on record, back in 1997. What does this mean for long-suffering California and its interminable drought? Let us explain. What the heck is El Niño again? Giphy Normally, equatorial winds in the Pacific Ocean blow toward the west and push warm surface water in that direction. El Niño—"the child," named in…
  • Does Forgoing Your Glass of Restaurant Water Actually Help the Drought?

    Gabrielle Canon
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    If you've dined out in California lately, you may have noticed something missing: your complimentary glass of water. That's no accident. Last winter, as the state's epic drought wore on, the Water Resources Control Board was desperate to reduce water use—so it called on the public to offer up ideas. Someone volunteered what seemed like obvious solution: Restaurants could quit giving out water with meals unless diners asked for it. Board scientist Max Gomberg recalls, "All of us in the water management part of state government looked at it and thought, 'Of course. This is such a basic…
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  • How Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley Jr. Heralded the Downfall of Political Debate

    Luke Whelan
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Best of Enemies co-director Robert Gordon confesses that his biggest fear is that "people won't go see this movie because they think it's going to be boring." It isn't. The documentary chronicles the often-fiery debates between William F. Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal that aired during the 1968 election cycle in an effort to boost ABC's ratings. "It sounds like a dry documentary because people forget how witty these two guys are," Gordon says. Gordon and co-director Morgan Neville, whose Twenty Feet From Stardom won an Oscar for best documentary in 2014, weave together debate footage and…
  • Gawker Took Only One Day to Report and Vet the Story That Blew Up in Its Face

    James West
    24 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Gawker took just one workday to investigate, vet, and publish its now-infamous article about a CFO's alleged extramarital sexting with a gay porn star, Mother Jones has learned from multiple sources—a tight timeframe in which big legal and editorial decisions were made, with massive consequences for the company. The article, by 27-year-old staff writer Jordan Sargent, was based on texts provided by a man who tried to blackmail a publishing executive, and left a trail of destruction after it hit Gawker's front page last Thursday. Gawker thrust an arguably private individual into a media…
  • Last of the Munichans

    —Photographs by Jen Osborne; Text by Monika Bauerlein
    11 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
  • Author Ernie Cline Was Told Video Games Would Rot His Brain, But Who Holds the High Score Now?

    Michael Mechanic
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    Jude Buffum When he was a baby, 43-year-old author Ernie Cline was ripped from his mother's arms by a tornado, and that was only the third or fourth most exciting thing that's happened to him. He would later become the slam poetry champ of Austin, Texas, and see his first original screenplay, Fanboys, made into a feature film. But Ernie's Big Adventure really began in 2010, when his first novel, Ready Player One, sparked a bidding war—enabling him to buy his Back to the Future dream car, a 1982 DeLorean DMC-12. In the dystopian future of Cline's best-selling debut, people spend most of…
  • The Fierce, Childlike Creativity of Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Jacob Blickenstaff
    9 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Jacob Blickenstaff Buffy Sainte-Marie appears on the cover of her 1964 debut, It's My Way, as a peaceful looking Native American girl with soft features, downcast gaze, and a feathered bow resting on her shoulder. But looks are misleading: Sainte-Marie burst out of the gate with blistering protest songs, like "Now That the Buffalo's Gone" and "Universal Soldier," that stand alongside the best of the era. A gifted songwriter, her music has been covered over the years by a wide spectrum of artists. "Universal Soldier" was a hit for both Donovan and Glen Campbell. "Co'dine" has been interpreted…
 
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