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  • "Bully": Getting past "boys will be boys," by Laura Clawson
  • A book review of Chris Mooney's The Republican Brain on Science, by DarkSyde
  • The Contorted Contours of the Commerce Power According To The Radical Roberts Court, by Armando
  • Could the fall of the Affordable Care Act be a progressive win, by Scott Wooledge
  • The cruel stupidity that is economic austerity, by Laurence Lewis
  • A raft for racists:  The National Review—from Buckley through Derbyshire and beyond, Denise Oliver Velez
  • Ann Romney: Allow others the choices that you made, by Dante Atkins
 
  • Dan the almost literate baboon
    If we feed 'em bananas, do we get sonnets?
    In 300,000 tests, the six baboons distinguished between real and fake words about three-out-of-four times, according to the study published in Thursday's journal Science.

    The 4-year-old Dan, the star of the bunch and about the equivalent age of a human teenager, got 80 percent of the words right and learned 308 four-letter words.

  • I was not yet five months old when Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier 65 years ago this Sunday. Check out The Root's look at 10 other players who might have been Jackie Robinson in a different world. Among the unsung heroes was Moses Fleetwood Walker, who with his brother Welday played with the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884. They are believed to have been the only blacks to play in a major league until Robinson in 1947. After the team folded, they played in the minors, where blacks were allowed until the 1890s when unofficial agreement banned African American players from all leagues.
  • It's probably not necessary to do a government study on the fact that road fatalities rise on Tax Day:
    On average, about 13 additional people were involved in fatal car crashes every tax day, an increased risk of about 6%. This may sound small, but it happens every year. And the risk has increased in the last two decades, with 1990-2010 being more hazardous than 1980-1990 was.
  • President Obama orders federal oversight of natural gas fracking.
  • He's baaaaaack. The Internet shade of Richard Nixon has appeared and he's smiling:
    I’m vindicated. Everybody gasped and fainted like a bunch of fucking spinsters at a nursing home dance when I said that when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal. Now it’s the law of the land. Vindicated. When the president takes you out, it is not illegal. When the president taps everybody’s phone, it is not illegal. Not illegal. Bomb who I want, where I want. Not illegal.

    If I had the same tools in my time that these pantywaists have in theirs, I’d still be the fucking president, dead or not. It’s my time again.

  • China is beating the U.S. on clean-energy jobs:
    A new report from Pew Charitable Trusts, a Washington policy group, found that the United States took in $48.1 billion in public and private financing in renewable energy technologies last year, up 42 percent from 2010. That catapulted America past all other G-20 nations for the first time since 2009, when Pew began ranking the world's leading economies on their clean energy investments. In its first report, the United States was second to China. The next year it slipped to third behind China and Germany.
  • Candidate's burbling that may next appear a house ad: Newt Gingrich says "CNN is less biased than Fox":
    "I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through. [...] "In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we're more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That's just a fact." [...]

    "I assume it's because Murdoch at some point said, 'I want Romney,' and so 'fair and balanced' became 'Romney,'" Gingrich said.

    He's just looking for a contributor's job at CNN, a Fox spokeswoman said.

  • Oh, sure, tell us YOUR dog doesn't think like this.
  • Anna Scholl gets the little lady treatment from Bill Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House.

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