Why Merrick Garland Can’t Win

The fundamental fallacy at the heart of the four-year-long legal resistance to Trumpism was that the American people desperately wanted to be bored again. The electric rock star status achieved by Robert Mueller for his investigation into Donald Trump’s election interference and obstruction of justice was rooted in the ironic delight we took in the special counsel’s obvious stodginess and ploddingness.

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Why Merrick Garland Can’t Win

The fundamental fallacy at the heart of the four-year-long legal resistance to Trumpism was that the American people desperately wanted to be bored again. The electric rock star status achieved by Robert Mueller for his investigation into Donald Trump’s election interference and obstruction of justice was rooted in the ironic delight we took in the special counsel’s obvious stodginess and ploddingness.

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Why Dune endures

Harkonnens. Messiahs. Deadly, insect-like hunter-seekers. A secretive all-women order of spies, nuns, scientists, and theologians that’s bending history to its will. A spice harvested from an arid desert that enables space travel. ’Thopters. Interstellar war. Giant sand worms.
The world of Dune is a wild one, a tale spun by Frank Herbert in the tumultuous 1960s that mixes fear of authoritarian rule and environmental collapse with fascism, racism, and hallucinatory imagery.

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ALEX BRUMMER: Rishi’s budget plan will make Britain less competitive

The folly of raising taxes: Chancellor’s budget plans risk making Britain less competitive, says ALEX BRUMMER
By Alex Brummer for the Daily Mail
Published: 16:55 EDT, 21 October 2021 | Updated: 06:17 EDT, 22 October 2021

There are a screed of caveats surrounding the fast improving state of the public finances. Not least is the fact that borrowing this year could still come in at, or above, £200billion.

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The American founders didn’t believe your sacred freedom means you can do whatever you want

Royalty-free stock illustration ID: 238061920 John Trumbull’s ‘Declaration of Independence’ commissioned in 1817.

by Maurizio Valsania, Università di Torino
President Joe Biden has mandated vaccines for a large part of the American workforce, a requirement that has prompted protest from those opposed to the measure.
Meanwhile, a similar move in New York City to enforce vaccinations has resulted in more than a dozen businesses’ being fined for flouting the rules.

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This notorious 15th-century book gave instructions on spotting witches

by Melissa Chim, General Theological Seminary
Books have always had the power to cast a spell over their readers – figuratively.
But one book that was quite popular from the 15th to 17th centuries, and infamously so, is literally about spells: what witches do, how do identify them, how to get them to confess, and how to bring them to swift punishment.
As fear of witches reached a fever pitch in Europe, witch hunters turned to the “Malleus Maleficarum,” or “Hammer of Witches,” for guidance.

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25 Years of Slate Arguments

What would the world look like if Slate had its way over the past 25 years? There would be lots more octopuses on dinner plates, and far fewer birthday dinners, for one thing. Also: Santa Claus would be a penguin. And August would be toast. Here a few of the more memorable provocations from our first quarter century.
Every Last One of Us Is a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet“It’s not that any one type of Muppet is inherently better than the other. (Order Muppets do seem to attract the ladies, but then Chaos Muppets collect the chicken harems.

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25 Years of Slate Arguments

What would the world look like if Slate had its way over the past 25 years? There would be lots more octopuses on dinner plates, and far fewer birthday dinners, for one thing. Also: Santa Claus would be a penguin. And August would be toast. Here a few of the more memorable provocations from our first quarter century.
Every Last One of Us Is a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet“It’s not that any one type of Muppet is inherently better than the other. (Order Muppets do seem to attract the ladies, but then Chaos Muppets collect the chicken harems.

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25 Years of Slate Arguments

What would the world look like if Slate had its way over the past 25 years? There would be lots more octopuses on dinner plates, and far fewer birthday dinners, for one thing. Also: Santa Claus would be a penguin. And August would be toast. Here a few of the more memorable provocations from our first quarter century.
Every Last One of Us Is a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet“It’s not that any one type of Muppet is inherently better than the other. (Order Muppets do seem to attract the ladies, but then Chaos Muppets collect the chicken harems.

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25 Years of Slate Arguments

What would the world look like if Slate had its way over the past 25 years? There would be lots more octopuses on dinner plates, and far fewer birthday dinners, for one thing. Also: Santa Claus would be a penguin. And August would be toast. Here a few of the more memorable provocations from our first quarter century.
Every Last One of Us Is a Chaos Muppet or an Order Muppet“It’s not that any one type of Muppet is inherently better than the other. (Order Muppets do seem to attract the ladies, but then Chaos Muppets collect the chicken harems.

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