The Nightstand (January 27th)

Roe v. Wade Anniversary

Better Reporting for Abortions (Charles A. Donovan, NYT)

Leeches, Lye and Spanish Fly (Kate Manning, NYT)

Politics

Dumb America (Garry Wills, NYRB)

Please Take Away My Right to a Gun (Wendy Button, NYT)

Maximum lies about the minimum wage (Samantha Valente, Socialist Worker)

The Obama Majority (Harold Meyerson, WaPo)

How to Get America Online (Susan Crawford, NYT)

Everything you know about health care spending is wrong (Matthew Yglesias, Slate)

Is America a ‘kludgeocracy’? (Ezra Klein, Wonkblog)

Freedom to choose, freedom to marry (EJ Graff, The American Prospect)

The Prosecution of Aaron: a response to Orin Kerr (James Boyle, The Public Domain)

Mormonism

Source Over Content: General, Generic, and Genereal Conferences (Daymon Smith, Uncorrelated Mormonism)– This revelation feels so damning…

Antinomianism and the Church (J. Stapley, By Common Consent)

Of Prophets, Elephants, Truth and Charity (David Tayman, Worlds without End)

The Priesthood is not a Superpower (John C., By Common Consent)

Picketing Zion (Rachael, Peculiar People)

Ten Reasons Why I’d Like to See a Woman Pray in General Conference (Brad, By Common Consent)

The Implications of Encouraging Early Marriage in a Global Church (MMiles, By Common Consent)

Top 3 Scriptural Justifications for Cultural Lag (BHodges, By Common Consent)

On Complaining (Julie M. Smith, Times & Seasons)

Culture

Diderot, an American exemplar? Bien sur! (Andrew Curran, NYT)

Looking for Truth in Utah (Jean Cheney, Humanities Magazine)

Selling a new generation on guns (Mike McIntire, NYT)– Earning their nickname the “merchants of death”– just like drug peddlers.

A Farewell to Arms (Susan J. Douglas, In These Times)

MLK’s vehement condemnation of US militarism are more relevant than ever (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian)

Global

Nothing to celebrate in Mexico (Jose Vivanco, WaPo)

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