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“The Trump aide who feels the president is unfit for office must make, and continually update, a judgment whether it will do more good to influence the administration or do it a marginal bit of political harm by leaving it in public.
But he should be aware that it is enormously psychologically tempting to conclude that his own presence in office is crucial in averting disaster. If Trump’s aides were making this judgment free of self-interest or delusion, surely someone by now would have a public resignation on principle.
What can’t be justified, on any calculation I can perform, is how this op-ed advances the public good. It will make the president more aggrieved and less likely to credit wise counsel than ever while changing no one’s mind.
Perhaps it has at least achieved catharsis for its author. But there is already more than enough self-expression coming out of this administration.”
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Bhutan is famed for its isolated location, stunning scenery and devotion to the principle of “Gross National Happiness,” which seeks to balance economic growth with other forms of contentment.
"Just about every poll predicts it won’t happen... And yet House Republicans — and privately, even a few Democrats — say the GOP could still hang on, if only by a few seats."
"In its definition of the nation, it follows a pattern common in the founding documents of many countries, including other advanced democracies."
"C.K. reportedly told the audience that it's been a 'weird year' where he's 'been to Hell and back' and at one point joked that he 'lost $35 million in an hour.'"
In California and across the country, landlord groups are waging a disinformation campaign to squash efforts to make rent more affordable.
Elizabeth Warren's DNA test, which she used to prove her own Native American heritage, has stirred a controversy about identity and genetics. But how accurate are DNA tests anyway?
What makes a song become a classic. Slate asked critics, musicians, and industry professionals to predict which songs from the past 25 years we will be listening to for the next one hundred.
"As a bottom-up phenomenon, religion can foster a healthy emotional balance in a number of areas... religion can help us calibrate our emotional reactions, particularly to ourselves and those around us..."
"One of my many deficiencies as a mother, I always felt, was that I did a somewhat inadequate and halfhearted job of celebrating fall. I was generally a failure at seasonal activities..."
Fasting diets, once considered frightening and extreme, are becoming more and more mainstream. But fasting isn't for the faint of heart, and fasters should know the benefits and the risks.
Many ancient cultures believed that time was a repeating cycle. The ancient Hebrew envisioned a history that progresses. So is time a loop or a line? Physics may now have an answer.
"ISIS, in its abysmal stupidity, had not understood that in its midst, converted into a cache for rockets and ammunition, stood a synagogue on par with those found in Kurdish Iraq."