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Timeless Myths. The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran. By Jack Goldsmith Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:55 AM Please like our Facebook page and follow Lawfare on Twitter: Josh Rogin reports that a “group of 47 Republican senators has written an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama’s administration won’t last after Obama leaves office.”

The Error in the Senators’ Letter to the Leaders of Iran

Design For a Better World! How To Raise Kids Who Aren't Narcissists. Why the White House Won't Pursue GOP Senators' Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation - The Daily Banter. The open letter that 47 Republican senators wrote to the leaders of Iran was the hot topic at the White House on Monday, drawing strong words of condemnation from Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the daily briefing, and shortly thereafter, a stinging assessment from President Obama that echoed some of what Earnest had said.

Why the White House Won't Pursue GOP Senators' Iran Letter As Logan Act Violation - The Daily Banter

Today’s Headlines and Commentary. Yesterday, in what many have termed an unprecedented move, 47 Republican senators released an open letter to the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” making note that any deal without the expressed support of Congress would only be an executive agreement, which could be reversed by the next president.

Today’s Headlines and Commentary

The White House expressed outrage over the letter, with President Obama calling Republicans in Congress and hardliners in Tehran “an unusual coalition.” However, Democrats were not the only dissenters. Prominent Senate Republicans such as Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) also voiced concern. Politico reports that Senator Corker concluded that the letter might derail his ultimate goal of passing a veto-proof bill that would require a Congressional vote on deal. Culture Wars. J.K. Rowling’s Christmas Present to You Is More Harry Potter Stories.

Study Reveals Earth is Moving Towards an Extinction 'Danger' Zone. The Danger The Planet Faces Because Human Instinct Overpowers Human Reason  Human Pressure on Earth Has Reached Extinction Danger Critical Level. First proposed by a group of Earth system and environmental scientists, planetary boundaries is an Earth system framework designed to define “safe operating space for humanity.”

Human Pressure on Earth Has Reached Extinction Danger Critical Level

According to Wikipedia, this framework was designed for governments at all levels, international organizations, the scientific community, private sector and civil society, and is based on research that has shown that human activities have become the main driver of global environmental change since the Industrial Revolution. Behind Tomb Connected to Alexander the Great, Intrigue Worthy of "Game of Thrones" Future Library, Dan Piepenbring. Right now, one thousand new trees are growing about twenty minutes outside Oslo.

Future Library, Dan Piepenbring

In the city’s new library, a window from a quiet room on the fifth floor faces out onto the nascent forest, which you can see across the harbor. These—those trees, this room—are the basic components of the Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s Future Library, a century-long project that contemplates the full scale of the publishing process, with its many tangibles and intangibles: It will be 100 years before the trees are cut down to provide the paper for an anthology of books—a Future Library for the city of Oslo—read for the first time in 2114 … Every year from 2014 to 2114, a writer will be commissioned to contribute a new text to a growing collection of unpublished, unread manuscripts held in trust in a specially designed room in the new Deichmanske Public Library in Bjørvika until their publication in 2114.

New Books by Midlife Women: December. Mrs.

New Books by Midlife Women: December

Astor Regrets by Meryl Gordon (Houghton Mifflin) The thrice-married Manhattan socialite Brooke Astor — she wed John Dryden Kuser at 17, Charles "Buddie" Marshall at 31 and finally, at 52, fur trade and real-estate heir Vincent Astor — had a lot to show for her unions, including acting as chairwoman for the Vincent Astor Foundation. She bore only one child, Anthony Marshall. What most Manhattanites — and perhaps most of the nation — will remember about Astor, who died in 2007 at age 105, are the headlines splashed across newspapers in her final days: her dutiful grandson Philip had sued his father for neglecting his grandmother, and Anthony Marshall was later arrested on charges of looting her estate.

Damn Interesting. Gender Matters? Swedish Picture Books and Gender Ambiguity. Back in June, Laura Reiko Simeon wrote about how race is handled in Swedish picture books.

Gender Matters? Swedish Picture Books and Gender Ambiguity

We’re thrilled to host Laura again as she sheds light on how Swedish picture books handle gender and gender-ambiguous characters. White Girls (paperback) - The McSweeney's Store. White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women sixteen years ago, finds one of the New Yorker’s boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history.

White Girls (paperback) - The McSweeney's Store

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht. Masterfully Woven Tapestry THE TIGER'S WIFE by Téa Obreht ?????

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

Unbelievably good first novel! Ms. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. A strong defense of the skeptical paradigm.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Sagan is a generally good writer, and in this now-classic book he penned a strong and usually compelling defense of the skeptical paradigm. The book is replete with good examples, and has several chapters well worth reading for those who are either budding skeptics, or are interested in learning about how to think critically and scientifically. We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter by Rachael Hanel. Book Review: 'Angelica's Smile' The Inspector Montalbano books, by Italian author Andrea Camilleri, supply everything I need for the beach. A good mystery. An exotic location — in this case, the beaches and piazzas of Sicily. And great writing that wears its fineness lightly, and keeps the pages turning. The Barbarians: An Essay On the Mutation of Culture: Alessandro Baricco, Stephen Sartarelli: 9780847842919: Amazon.com: Books. Catalog your books online.

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