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Fighting for the right to insult the French president
John Kerry and the myth of foreign policy
The gun Congress can’t ban
A former U.S. ambassador peddles influence in Afghanistan
How hippie Christians begat evangelical conservatives
High school debate and the demise of public speech
An unlikely comeback for dying newspapers
Election night in Peru’s largest prison
Price charged by a Ukrainian company for a half-day tour of the Chernobyl nuclear-plant site:
Male Abdopus aculeatus octopuses may strangle to death rivals in defending the females whom they have seduced by swimming in a feminine manner.
A study led by a physician at Imperial College London posited that Gollum would have defeated Bilbo Baggins in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit had he sunned himself more often or eaten quiche instead of blind fish.
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Notes on South Africa’s failed revolution
“I will never know what goes on in your mind, or what that shield of a smile behind which we try to advance should tell us.”