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Are There Limits to Government Speech?

The Beef Checkoff We the people love beef. Don’t believe me? Listen to the late Robert Mitchum, or whiskey-voiced cowboy star Sam Elliott: “Beef.

John Burns' Poetic War Zone Correspondence

New York Times correspondent John Burns (R) is congratulated after learning that he won the Pulitzer Prize.

Amanda Knox's Ordeal Is Finally Over

Amanda Knox talks to the press surrounded by family outside her mother's home in Seattle, Washington March 27, 2015.

Pilots on the Germanwings Murder/Suicide

A memorial near the site of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps (Eric Gaillard / Reuters) After the Germanwings crash I argued that no single safety device or security protocol could protect the flying public against a pilot determined to do harm.

Mad Men and Southern Writers: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

AMC Going Up? Elevator Scenes on Mad Men John Jurgensen | The Wall Street Journal "Mad Men is about rises and falls, professional and existential.

What's a Newfoundland Accent Worth?

Contestants in the Miss Universe 2006 pageant appear onstage in the costume exhibition segment. ( Sam Mircovich/Reuters ) Last year a Canadian public radio show called This is That reported on a somewhat ridiculous-seeming plan, cooked up in the northern Alberta town of High Prairie: To attract more tourists, the town council had, according to the program, hired a linguist from Texas to invent a local accent.

Conservatives Demand Satisfaction–And It Costs Them Elections

Reuters/Chris Keane Explaining how Ted Cruz could win the Republican nomination, Ben Domenech of The Federalist observes that he doesn't just match up with energized conservative voters on policy, "he matches up with their brashness, their yearning for someone who loves the taste of blood in his mouth ...

Downtown Fresno Kicks Off Its Campaign

A shot from the Downtown Fresno Partnership's video last night ( DowntownFresno.Org ) An unexpected satisfaction of following cities in our American Futures travels has been watching plans and projects unfold in real time.

What a Jury Can and Can't Prove About Sexism In Silicon Valley

Ellen Pao arrives at court in San Francisco on March 24, 2015. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters) A jury in San Francisco ruled Friday afternoon that Silicon Valley venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins didn't discriminate against Ellen Pao, a former employee, on the basis of gender when it denied her a promotion and then fired her.

End-of-Day Wrap-Up: Harry Reid's Last Term

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters What's Happening: Senator Harry Reid Announces His Retirement The 75-year-old Democratic leader is politically and physically diminished after the Democrats lost control of the Senate in 2014 and following an exercise accident in January that left Reid blind in one eye.

How to Set Up Two-Factor Authentication on Slack

zebble/Flickr Slack is a corporate group-chatting tool that's become crucial to how many businesses work today, including

Depressed Doesn't Mean Dangerous

A model Germanwings airplane stands amongst candles outside the company's headquarters in Cologne Bonn airport March 27, 2015.

Photos of New York City, in Motion

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The Economics of Religious Freedom Bills

Eric Gay/AP Now that Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed his state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) into law—days after the bill overwhelmingly passed the Indiana House and Senate—business leaders and others are trying to figure out what the impact of the law will be.

Harry Reid Goes Down Fighting

Senate TV/Reuters Nobody ever thought Harry Reid would retire, and that includes Harry Reid. Not long ago, when a reporter for CQ Roll Call asked him what might happen when he left office, Reid retorted, “If I drop dead?

The Senate's Surprising Support for Paid Sick Leave and Gay Marriage

Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP The Senate on Thursday night returned to one of its odder occasional traditions: a round-the-clock session in which a legislative body full of lawmakers in their 60s and 70s stays up all night to vote on budget amendments.

In The Originalist, Theater Tries to Interpret Antonin Scalia

C. Stanley Photography/Arena Stage The Originalist, a world-premiere play by John Strand at Washington’s Arena Stage, explores the personality and legacy of an atypical theatrical character: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Photos of the Week: 3/21-3/27

This week, we have photos of the Germanwings flight crash scene, preparations for launch at the Baikonur cosmodrome, a sinkhole in New Jersey,  unrest and airstrikes in Yemen, Alaskan Wood bison returning to the wild, the last Jew in the Turkish town of Edirne, tornado damage in Oklahoma, a memorial to Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, and much more.

The Confused Person's Guide to Middle East Conflicts

INTERACTIVE: When you click here, the diagram gets bigger! (Karl Sharro) Confused about what’s happening in the Middle East?

Can an Abortion Be Undone?

Benjamin West/Wikimedia Commons/Atlantic Women who opt to get an abortion in Arizona within their first two months of pregnancy may soon find themselves on the receiving end of some unusual advice from their doctors.