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ISIS Pummeled by Air and Land in Iraq

Ground offensives mounted by the Iraqi army and Kurdish peshmerga forces—and bolstered by a bombardment of U.S.

Mulholland Drive and Dr. Strange: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Why David Lynch's Mulholland Drive is a Great Horror Film Bilge Ebiri | Vulture "The uncanny is the realm in which David Lynch regularly operates." Doctor Strange, Marvel’s Uncastable Sorcerer Supreme Alex Pappademas | Grantland "Marvel’s Doctor Strange has a release date, a director, and a writer.

Bruce Braley and the Year Everything Went Wrong for Democrats

ANAMOSA, Iowa—Nothing has gone the way it was supposed to for Bruce Braley. The Democratic congressman, who is behind in the polls in his race to represent Iowa in the Senate, is sitting on a couch in a nearly empty coffeeshop in this small town east of Cedar Rapids that houses Iowa’s largest prison.

The Psych Ward for People Who Broke Into the White House

Last month, Omar Gonzalez, an Iraq War veteran from Texas, hopped the White House fence, overpowered a guard, and made it all the way into the East Room before he was apprehended by a Secret Service agent.

Can a Wartime Election Be Successful?

This weekend, Ukraine will hold a parliamentary election, but only part of the nation will participate.

Social Media Couldn't Save Reyhaneh Jabbari

On Saturday, Iran hanged a woman convicted of murdering a former intelligence officer she claimed had attempted to rape her—a defense the court and the man's family ultimately rejected.

The Wars Rand Paul Would Fight

If Rand Paul is the “most interesting man in politics,” as Time magazine recently put it, perhaps this says more about the state of American politics than it does about Rand Paul.

The Most and Least Valuable M.B.A.s

It's not much of a surprise that some graduate degrees are better investments than others: an M.B.A is better than a master's in geography, a J.D.

Hip in the Heartland

This week Claire Cain Miller of the NY Times reported on an interesting migration trend. The young, college-educated, professional-and-entrepreneurial class we expect to see concentrating in Brooklyn, the SF Bay Area, DC, Seattle, and three or four other usual-suspect big cities is also now showing up in medium-sized and small places.

The American Victims of Israeli-Palestinian Violence

As violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank continued on Friday, another American became a casualty of the conflict.

The Latest: Ebola in the United States

In late September, Thomas Duncan became the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Two hospital workers who treated him also became infected, setting off a nationwide effort to contain the disease, and fears of a larger outbreak.

John Wick: An Idiot Killed His Puppy and Now Everyone Must Die

Presumably there's a reason why we're so fascinated by hitmen in popular culture—possibly something to do with their uncomplicated codes, and their brutal efficiency, and their roles as godlike arbiters in the eternal gamble of life versus death.

Once ISIS Has Chemical Weapons

Throughout this unrelenting spate of recent Middle Eastern conflicts, the specter of chemical weapons have spurred the drawing of red lines and the sending of arms.

An Extraterrestrial Time-Lapse, As Seen From the International Space Station

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The President's Top Lawyer Doesn't Want to Be His Attorney General

President Obama will not nominate his former White House counsel, Kathryn Ruemmler, to succeed Eric Holder as attorney general after she withdrew her name from consideration for the post.

A School Shooting Outside of Seattle

A school shooting was reported in Marysville, Washington just before 2:15 p.m. ET Friday. Washington State Patrol arrived at the scene just north of Seattle along with an ambulance, however, the police department has not yet offered details on the incident.

Why Outbreaks Breed Hysteria

It was 2009, and the United States was in the midst of a full H1N1 pandemic. Public concern about the disease, commonly referred to as swine flu, was rightfully swelling.

Annie Lennox, Let Twerkers Twerk

"Twerking is not feminism," Annie Lennox declared in a recent interview with NPR after Steve Innskeep her opinion of Beyoncé.

The Best Nurses for Ebola: Robots?

Michelle Dynes and Anne Purfield, two CDC epidemiologists, recently returned to the U.S. from Sierra Leone, where they had been responding to the county's Ebola outbreak.

Google Street View, Transformed Into a Tiny Planet

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