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“I Don't Think the Arab Spring Is Over”

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 12:56

Jerusalem—On Thursday, on the eve of his 90th birthday, Israel's President Shimon Peres spoke to Lally Weymouth and reflected on developments in Israel, Syria, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere in the region. Then he turned to discussing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which he insists is attainable. Excerpts:

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“I Don't Think the Arab Spring Is Over”

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 12:56

Jerusalem—On Thursday, on the eve of his 90th birthday, Israel's President Shimon Peres spoke to Lally Weymouth and reflected on developments in Israel, Syria, Iran, Egypt, and elsewhere in the region. Then he turned to discussing peace between Israel and the Palestinians, which he insists is attainable. Excerpts:

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The “If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It” Gabfest

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:30

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The “If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It” Gabfest

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:30

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest.

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The “If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It” Gabfest

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:30

Become a fan of the Political Gabfest on Facebook. We post to the Facebook page throughout the week, so keep the conversation going by joining us there. Or follow us @SlateGabfest.

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The Supreme Court’s Sketchy Science

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:15

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court held that patenting a gene violates Section 101 of the Patent Act. Though Myriad Genetics had indeed made “new and useful” discoveries, these fell into a long-held exception that “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.” However, the court found cDNA (complementary DNA) to be patentable. The meaning of this ruling is complicated significantly by the court’s sketchy understanding of molecular biology. Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion, was honest (or exasperated) enough to make his lack of expertise explicit, describing his inability to understand on “[his] own knowledge or even [his] own belief,” the “fine details of molecular biology” relevant to the case.

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The Supreme Court’s Sketchy Science

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:15

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court held that patenting a gene violates Section 101 of the Patent Act. Though Myriad Genetics had indeed made “new and useful” discoveries, these fell into a long-held exception that “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.” However, the court found cDNA (complementary DNA) to be patentable. The meaning of this ruling is complicated significantly by the court’s sketchy understanding of molecular biology. Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion, was honest (or exasperated) enough to make his lack of expertise explicit, describing his inability to understand on “[his] own knowledge or even [his] own belief,” the “fine details of molecular biology” relevant to the case.

Categories: Politics and Such

The Supreme Court’s Sketchy Science

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:15

In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the Supreme Court held that patenting a gene violates Section 101 of the Patent Act. Though Myriad Genetics had indeed made “new and useful” discoveries, these fell into a long-held exception that “laws of nature, natural phenomena, and abstract ideas are not patentable.” However, the court found cDNA (complementary DNA) to be patentable. The meaning of this ruling is complicated significantly by the court’s sketchy understanding of molecular biology. Justice Scalia, in a concurring opinion, was honest (or exasperated) enough to make his lack of expertise explicit, describing his inability to understand on “[his] own knowledge or even [his] own belief,” the “fine details of molecular biology” relevant to the case.

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Hereditary Traits

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:06

On Thursday, BuzzFeed Washington, D.C., bureau chief John Stanton published a pair of articles calling out the sons of two separate Republican members of Congress for racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, sexist, and homophobic social media accounts.

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Hereditary Traits

Slate.com's The Big Idea - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:06

On Thursday, BuzzFeed Washington, D.C., bureau chief John Stanton published a pair of articles calling out the sons of two separate Republican members of Congress for racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, sexist, and homophobic social media accounts.

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Hereditary Traits

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:06

On Thursday, BuzzFeed Washington, D.C., bureau chief John Stanton published a pair of articles calling out the sons of two separate Republican members of Congress for racist, anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic, sexist, and homophobic social media accounts.

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The Whitey Bulger Trial

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:24

8:49 a.m.: The attorneys are arguing over procedural issues before the jurors are brought in. They look a little tired. In fact, everyone I’ve seen in Boston this morning—on the sidewalk, on my subway ride, here in the courthouse—looks somewhere between drowsy and exhausted. Why? The triple-overtime Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup game didn’t end until 1 a.m. last night.

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The Whitey Bulger Trial

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:24

8:49 a.m.: The attorneys are arguing over procedural issues before the jurors are brought in. They look a little tired. In fact, everyone I’ve seen in Boston this morning—on the sidewalk, on my subway ride, here in the courthouse—looks somewhere between drowsy and exhausted. Why? The triple-overtime Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup game didn’t end until 1 a.m. last night.

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Edward Snowden's Girlfriend Can't Win

Slate.com's International Papers Section - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:19

Every scandal needs a sideshow that threatens to eclipse the main attraction, and the case of Edward Snowden proves there is no national security restriction to that rule. Here we are, in the thick of some of the most important revelations about the way civil liberties conflict with the brute use of power. And yet what's transfixing at least a good portion of the Internet is the blog-post diction and muscle tone of one Lindsay Mills, 28, whereabouts unknown. Call it human interest, or call it tabloid journalism, but there's a giant audience for it: We are curious about what it is to love (and perhaps leave) someone notorious.

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Edward Snowden's Girlfriend Can't Win

Slate.com's Hey, Wait a Minute - Fri, 06/14/2013 - 10:19

Every scandal needs a sideshow that threatens to eclipse the main attraction, and the case of Edward Snowden proves there is no national security restriction to that rule. Here we are, in the thick of some of the most important revelations about the way civil liberties conflict with the brute use of power. And yet what's transfixing at least a good portion of the Internet is the blog-post diction and muscle tone of one Lindsay Mills, 28, whereabouts unknown. Call it human interest, or call it tabloid journalism, but there's a giant audience for it: We are curious about what it is to love (and perhaps leave) someone notorious.

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Balloon Dad Richard Heene Is Absolutely Obsessed With Scratching His Back

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 17:17

Remember Richard "Balloon Dad" Heene, the guy who orchestrated the infamous Balloon Boy hoax of 2009? He's still weird. Since being shunned by society, Heene has focused his efforts on developing quirky inventions, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times informs us today. This includes the previously reported Bear Scratch, a piece ... More »

NYPD Sergeant Found Dead of Suspected Suicide

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 16:47

Stephanie Moses, an NYPD sergeant in the Ceremonial Unit, killed herself this morning after fighting with her girlfriend, the New York Post reports. "On behalf of the New York City Police Department, I extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sgt. Stephanie Moses who was, on so ... More »

In Michigan, the Republican Will to Power

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 16:17

In November 1992, right before Bill Clinton defeated George H. W. Bush, Grover Norquist published a lengthy article in the American Spectator predicting the horrors a Clinton presidency would usher in. Norquist focused his attention not on the usual conservative bugbears — stagflation, big government, liberal judges — but rather ... More »

Sonia Sotomayor Declined Quaaludes on Her Wedding Night [Updated]

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 15:24

Sonia Sotomayor's seven-year marriage to her college sweetheart, Kevin Noonan, got off to an inauspicious start in August of 1976, according to the Supreme Court justice's upcoming memoir. The AP, which got its hands on the book more than a month early, reports that on their wedding night, Noonan "produced a ... More »

Bushwick Sexual Assaults Spook Rapidly Gentrifying Neighborhood

NY Magazine (Intel) - Tue, 12/11/2012 - 15:19

Multiple sexual assaults fitting similar descriptions have occurred over the last week in Bushwick, the Brooklyn neighborhood now known more for artisanal pizza at Roberta's than dingy warehouses. Just a block away from the restaurant, "I was taking stuff out of the garage and moments after I opened the door ... More »
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