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Weekly Review — November 18, 2014, 10:43 am

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World leaders plan to boost GDP, the E.S.A. lands on a comet, and an artist looks for a needle in a haystack

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Student protests in Hong Kong, two sex-scandal resignations, and the CIA’s lust for lemon pound cake.

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Weekly Review — August 12, 2014, 8:00 am

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Police in Missouri kill an unarmed teenager, the U.S. government expands its terrorist database, and Justin Bieber saves a Russian fisherman

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Christopher Beha discusses sex tapes as literary vehicle, the celebrity impulse, and the problematic absence of religion in American literature

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Weekly Review — July 1, 2014, 8:00 am

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The U.S. Supreme Court weakens the ACA’s contraception mandate; ISIL attempts to legitimize its territorial gains in the Middle East; and Facebook gives you feelings 

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