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Updates: Airplane-Parachute Selfie, the Immortal Boiling Frog, Community College

The view from inside a plane as it headed toward the Pacific ( ABC News, via The Flight Academy ) Over the weekend a Cirrus SR-22 airplane, the same kind that Deb and I have been flying around the country on our American Futures travels, made an unplanned descent into the Pacific.

Marriage Equality Without Equivocation

Library of Congress On September 11, 1958, Richard Butler of Little Rock, Arkansas, told a special session of the U.S.

The Sophisticated Bigotry of Bobby Jindal

Jonathan Bachman/AP If Bobby Jindal runs for president, he will likely campaign on two major themes. The first, which he outlined last February at the Reagan Library and last May at Liberty University, is that Christians are at war with a liberal elite that is trampling religious liberty and secularizing American culture.

Ebola May Be Mutating

A health worker walks inside a Red Cross facility in Koidu, Sierra Leone. (Baz Ratner/Reuters) Only a day after the World Health Organization announced that an end was in sight for the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, scientists had less uplifting news: The virus may be mutating.

A Thaw Between the U.S. and Iran?

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No One Knows How to Stop Campus Alcohol Abuse

Ken Lund/Flickr On the one hand, you can't blame Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon for trying.

Liberals and the Illiberal Left

Jessica Hill/AP “A liberal,” Robert Frost once said, “is someone who can’t take his own side in an argument.” If conservatives are often caricatured by their detractors as unfeeling, liberals are painted as uncertain, weak, and easily bullied.

Americans Believe in Science, Just Not Its Findings

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic In general, Americans believe in science. A new report by the Pew Research Center found that 79 percent of the 2,000 adults surveyed think science has “made life easier for most people.” Seventy-one percent think that investment in science ultimately pays off.

Blink-182's Beautiful, Twisted, Kind of Gay Romance

MCA The boys of Blink-182 are fighting. Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker say Tom Delonge doesn't want to be in the band; Delonge insists he does; the he-said/he-saids have unfolded on Facebook and in interviews.

The World's Next Mortgage Crisis?

Wikimedia/The Atlantic My breakfast companion looked gloomy. He’d flown into Washington from Vienna the day before.

Is Empire's Depiction of the Hip-Hop World Authentic?

Fox Joe Reid and Kevin O'Keeffe discuss the fourth episode of the hit musical drama series Empire and Fox's questionable choice of a broom closet for its Teen Choice Awards nomination concert.

A New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satellites

A man holds one of the sensors inside a Spire Cubesat. (Spire) Every bird, every bug, every human being on Earth is enveloped at all times by the signals of the Global Positioning System (GPS).

Can All Children Become Calculus Whizzes?

Dan Bach/Flickr In suburban Howard County, Maryland, lots of students take calculus in high school. Or at least, lots of white and Asian students do.

Keep Andrew Sullivan's Site Alive

The Atlantic As Andrew Sullivan prepares to stop blogging, a decision he announced in a note to his readers, many are trying to parse what this moment means for opinion journalism.

Chris Gethard's Journey From Public Access to Late Night

Chris Gethard/YouTube The path to getting a show on television is rarely a straightforward one, but The Chris Gethard Show may have figured out how to game the system.

The Rich, the Poor, and Whether Tax Policies Live or Die

Carolyn Kaster/AP Last week, President Obama gave American politicians of both parties exactly what they say they want: a tax reform proposal that would lower taxes overall, shift tax breaks from the rich to the middle class, simplify the tax code, and increase money for education.

Marshawn Lynch Doesn't Need to Talk to Anybody

Matt York/AP In the midst of the biggest media frenzy of the sports calendar, Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks is refusing to play ball.

In Cuba, Maps Make a Comeback

VanDam's StreetSmart When Stephan Van Dam began designing two detailed tourist maps of Cuba in 2014, he couldn’t have known that one year later, the prospect of renewed relations between the country and the U.S.

Scott Walker Isn't Sorry

Mike Segar/Reuters Few national commentators predicted it, but we’re in the middle of a Scott Walker boomlet.

How to Bring Pro Football Into the 21st Century

Vichy Deal and Craig Barhorst/Shutterstock/Stockagogo/Bule Sky Studio On the afternoon of November 25, 1905, a sophomore on the Union College football team named Harold Moore plunged headlong into New York University’s offensive wedge in an effort to “buck the line” and stop NYU’s running back.