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The right to choose in Rapid City
"She glanced across the waiting room at a television playing a birth-control ad and laughed darkly. 'Jesus, Lord, it would be so nice if someone just pushed me down a flight of stairs.'"
Photograph (detail) by Lara Shipley

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The media’s extermination of Bernie Sanders, and real reform
"As we shall see, for the sort of people who write and edit the opinion pages of the Post, there was something deeply threatening about Sanders and his political views."
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Rescuing and ransoming Christian hostages in Iraq
"When Matti invited me on a tour of the neighborhood, I asked about security. 'The message has already been passed to ISIS that you’re here,' he said. 'But don’t worry. I guarantee I could bring even you in and out of the Islamic State.'"
Photograph (detail) by Alice Martins

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"She glanced across the waiting room at a television playing a birth-control ad and laughed darkly. 'Jesus, Lord, it would be so nice if someone just pushed me down a flight of stairs.'"
Illustration (detail) by Shonagh Rae

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Is the beloved program on its last legs?
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Amount paid last fall for a Ford Escort driven by Pope John Paul II:

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92 percent of Mexicans are relaxed by a pleasant-smelling bedroom.

Swedish biologists studying coercive mating in mosquitofish discovered that females’ brains get larger as males’ genitals get longer, and male Madagascar hissing cockroaches were found to attract mates with either their enlarged testicles or their enlarged horns.

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Art, Monday Gallery — December 5, 2016, 1:41 pm

©Sablin

“Raincoats, Alekhovshchina, Leningrad Oblast, Russia,” a photograph by Nadia Sablin, from Aunties: The Seven Summers of Alevtina and Lyudmila, published by Duke University Press. Photograph © Nadia Sablin. Courtesy Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, Duke University

Context — December 2, 2016, 5:52 pm

How to Rig an Election

The G.O.P. aims to paint the country red

Postcard — December 1, 2016, 12:21 pm

Class Takeover

The privatization of Youngstown’s public schools

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Weekly Review — November 29, 2016, 4:01 pm

Weekly Review

Concrete barriers and metal barricades were installed around Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, New York Police Department officials reported that the city is spending more than a million dollars a day to protect Trump and his family, and it was announced that the Secret Service may have to rent a floor of Trump Tower to create a command post for its agents. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed a petition to begin a recount of votes in Wisconsin, and said she would file similar petitions in Michigan and Pennsylvania, a move that Trump described as a “scam.” “I won the popular vote,” said the president-elect, who did not win the popular vote. Read more…

Art, Monday Gallery — November 28, 2016, 12:01 pm

Moon MG

A photograph taken during the Apollo 16 mission, of a family portrait placed on the lunar surface. On the back, astronaut Charles “Charlie” Duke wrote, “This is the family of astronaut Charlie Duke from planet Earth who landed on the Moon on April 20, 1972.” The image appeared in The Moon: 1968–1972, published in October by T. Adler Books. Courtesy T. Adler Books and NASA, Johnson Space Center & NASA History Division

Context — November 26, 2016, 11:54 am

Castro’s Cuba

The leader, in 1969

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