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Pinterest’s Game Plan: More Men On The Site, More Women And Minorities Behind The Scenes

By Jessica Goldstein Pinterest, like SoulCycle and book club, is filled almost exclusively with women even though there is no real reason for men not to join. There is nothing innately gendered about the platform, where users can “pin” any images they choose — even manly images! Ernest Hemingway drinking scotch while riding a bull! […]

Paying For The Pope?: Pa. Government Seeks Taxpayer Funds For Costs Associated With Papal Visit

By Simon Brown Simon Brown Wall of Separation Pope Francis will visit the United States in September, with Pope Francis, Vatican City, Middletown Township, Pope John Paul II, Pennsylvania Source: Paying For The Pope?: Pa. Government Seeks Taxpayer Funds For Costs Associated With Papal Visit

What’s Really Inside The Senate’s New Bill To ‘Modernize’ The Energy System

By Ryan Koronowski On Thursday afternoon, the Senate’s energy committee sent the first wide-ranging energy bill in over six years to the senate floor, but not before weighing it down with an array of provisions that ensure opposition from many environmentalist groups. The bill, as well as any amendments Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell consents […]

Hillary Clinton takes on Jeb Bush on racial equality issues

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – Hillary Clinton launched a direct assault on Jeb Bush on Friday, questioning his commitment to tackle issues of economic and racial inequality at a convention of a major African American civil rights group. Source: Hillary Clinton takes on Jeb Bush on racial equality issues

Judy Blume Saves Marriage After Man Gives Away Keepsake Book

When Leonard Lasek realized he had given away his wife’s priceless copy of ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret,’, he posted ‘wanted’ posters all over Brooklyn. Then Judy Blume stepped in. Source: Judy Blume Saves Marriage After Man Gives Away Keepsake Book

Our 4 Favorite (Gif) Moments from this Week’s Episode of West Wing Week: 07/31/15 or, “Jambo Kenya”

By Lindsay Holst Here’s something not enough people know about: Every week, a team of White House videographers puts together a short episode encapsulating what the President did that week — who he met with, where he traveled, and all sort of other fun moments in between. This week’s episode covers the President’s trip to […]

Iowa Governor: Des Moines Water Utility Should ‘Tone Down’ Criticism of Agricultural Pollution

By Natasha Geiling Iowa Governor Terry Branstad told reporters Tuesday that Des Moines Water Works — a private utility that provides water to some 500,000 residents in the Des Moines area — should “just tone it down” when it comes to monitoring water pollution from agriculture. “The Des Moines Water Works ought to just tone […]

West Bank Protests Erupt Over Murder of Palestinian Toddler

An Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in one of several riots and attacks by Palestinians following the funeral of a baby who was murdered in an arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists. Source: West Bank Protests Erupt Over Murder of Palestinian Toddler

Tracking the Bay’s Cownose Rays

By KristenM by Chris Patrick Rob Aguilar operates on a cownose ray. (SERC) It’s 2 a.m. Rob Aguilar, biologist in the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s (SERC) Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Lab, meets a group of fishermen at a pound net in the Patuxent River. The net starts at the shore and juts far into the […]

Puzzling Statistics from the GDP Factory

By Arnold Kling Scott Sumner writes, This 4 and 1/2 years of sub-2% growth (on average) occurred during a period of rapidly falling unemployment, and above trend employment growth The implications for productivity growth are terrible. Supposedly, firms got rid of their ZMP workers during the recession. Are we saying that subsequently they were hired […]

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