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[cross-posted from U.S. of J.] C.H. at Democracy in America flags a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts on the effect of marriage on economic mobility for children: Messrs DeLeire and Lopoo find that marriage has a positive effect on economic mobility for children of all races. Among those who are born in the bottom Read More

As part of a study conducted over a couple of minutes in the employee cafeteria and during a smoke break in the parking lot, The Washington Post concluded recently that “most women … cross their legs when sitting.” But Givhan is wrong, wrong, wrong. Everyone knows that a proper lady crosses her legs at the Read More

Via TNC, Denzel says of the ladies who come to watch August Wilson’s Fences: “There are all these women coming to see me, to see this actor they like, and I appreciate that,” he said. “But at some shows, women are carrying on and snickering too much. Like at our Mother’s Day performance. Some audience Read More

Lauren Kelley does the math on Panera’s new pay-what you-can experiment: The company opened a nonprofit “community café” in a suburb of St. Louis, near Panera’s headquarters, that’s different from every restaurant you’ve ever been to. At this restaurant, there are no prices on the menu. Instead, customers are told to pay what they can Read More

I’m not going to recap the final episode of Lost, scene for scene. If you were invested in the show all six seasons, chances are you watched it last night just like I did. If you were a lapsed viewer who tuned in after years away, just to see how it ended, chances are a Read More

I have a post up at The Atlantic that’s part of a roundtable discussion of Janelle Monae’s The ArchAndroid with Brentin Mock and Alyssa Rosenberg. While I really enjoyed the album, I had a couple of small critiques of it, and I don’t think it quite merits the universal acclaim it’s getting right now. My Read More

Since delivering a thorough mollywhopping to Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for Kentucky’s Senate seat, Rand Paul has become something of a media favorite, an easy avatar for the supposed electoral might of the Tea Party movement. Though the Tea Party has strenuously argued that it is a populist movement that eschews top-down direction, Read More

Before I get into the actual episode from this week, I just have to ask, who puts their milk in a pitcher? I couldn’t even concentrate on the first scene when parallel-world Jack, his son and Claire all had breakfast because on the breakfast table was a lovely glass pitcher full of more milk than Read More

In my more militant youth, I used to argue that May 19 should have been a national holiday. And if it couldn’t be one, then at the least I could sacrifice a day of school or work to commemorate Malcolm X’s birthday. In retrospect, that was stupid (maybe immature is the better word) because if Read More

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