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House of Cards: Magic and Probability
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The Thing I Need to Do Before ?I Do?
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What Immigration Crisis?
Earlier this summer, as unaccompanied Central American children poured into the United States at a rate of more than 350 per day, President Obama and Republicans agreed: This was a crisis that Washington needed to address immediately. And then nothing happened. Surprising almost no one, the least-productive Congress in history went home for the summer without striking any kind of deal. Obama was left without the extra $3.7 billion he said he needed to deal with the situation at the border, and the existing immigration law that both the president and his conservative critics blamed for the calamity remained untouched.
Ice, Ice Baby
While the mysterious tracks carved into the dry lake bed of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley were long ago attributed to sliding rocks, an explanation for what causes the "sailing stones" to move?thereby leaving their famous trails in the dirt?has remained elusive to researchers for some time.
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In the Blood
BUCHAREST, Romania?About eight hours? drive from the capital, and another four hours? trek from the nearest road, Izvorul Calimanului Mountain looks like many of the Carpathians? uninhabited peaks: snow-capped in the winter, fir trees thinning near its rocky 6,670-foot peak.
When Did the Election Season Begin?
Labor Day was once the unofficial start to the fall campaign season, but now it's more like Angelina Jolie's marriage to Brad Pitt?a milestone in an engagement that has been going on so long it?s hard to think of a time when it wasn?t.
Who Gets to Be ?Rich??
The other day, a Slate Money listener wrote in to ask one of those evergreen, impossible-to-resolve questions that everybody loves to debate: Who counts as ?rich? in this country? Or, as caller Matt from D.C. put it to the podcast panel, ?What level of income do you think makes someone upper class in the United States??