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Matt Purple is an editor at Rare.us.
by | Jun 20, 2014

To think of mass graves is to think backwards in history—Babi Yar in Ukraine or the one million Jews still being unearthed from the Treblinka death camp. To see similar images today, shown in vivid color photos right down to…

by | Jun 12, 2014

Let’s play a parlor game. Quick: What words come to mind when you think of the House political leadership? For John Boehner, you’d probably say “country club” or “insider.” Paul Ryan would conjure up “wonk” or “budget.” “Motherhood” or “pro-life”…

by | Jun 6, 2014

Bowe Bergdahl’s name has been emblazoned across cable news chyrons all week, but on Tuesday Rachel Maddow was talking about a different American POW: Jessica Lynch. Maddow opened her show with a lengthy recollection of the 2003 rescue of Lynch,…

by | May 30, 2014

Last week, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) won Britain’s elections for the European Parliament and surged in the vote for its local councils. Since then, British politics has become a lurid frenzy. Prime Minister David Cameron is wondering how…

by | May 22, 2014

Via Rare, and we should mention comedian Jim Norton too, because he has some of the best lines. For work, this is very unsafe: [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”95058″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”}}]] NORTON: Liberals have become exactly what you hated. You have become exactly the opposite of…

by | May 20, 2014

It’s an almost-huge night for Republican politics, with a slate of primaries scheduled across the country. Most of the media’s attention will be on the Bluegrass State, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is squaring off with Tea Party insurgent…

by | May 19, 2014

We Tea Party types are forever being accused of epistemic closure—coating our minds in the Armor All of ideology and refusing to associate with those who don’t share our prefabricated opinions. Occasionally this criticism is valid and needed. But focusing…

by | May 16, 2014

At the New York Times building in Manhattan two days ago, the entire staff was assembled at a meeting in front of publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. The ashen-faced Sulzberger then made the announcement that would shake the underpinnings loose from…

by | May 15, 2014

State of the Union responses are masochistic affairs. After the president addresses the congressional chamber to thunderous applause, the camera cuts to a dimly lit room in a local funeral home, where the respondent speaks to a stoic audience of…

by | May 14, 2014

Despite concerns in some quarters that we might be inflating another housing bubble, the government is apparently more worried about a slowdown in the housing market. In addition to John Berlau’s piece, the Wall Street Journal has further news from…

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