Dems set sights on Senate majority | TheHill


The GOP is defending 24 seats this cycle, compared to only 10 for Democrats.

Right now, much of the focus is on nine states. President Obama carried all nine in 2008 and seven of them in 2012.

If Democrats can net five seats in total between those contests, they’ll reclaim a majority in the Senate.

Source: Dems set sights on Senate majority | TheHill

Shock! McCarthy drops Speaker bid | TheHill

‘I don’t want to go to the floor and win with 220 votes,” said the California lawmaker, who cast his decision as putting his conference first.

“I think best think for our party is to win with 247 votes.”

Source: Shock! McCarthy drops Speaker bid | TheHill

GOP faces debt-limit divide | TheHill


With less than a month to go until the Nov. 5 deadline, congressional Republicans are divided on what strategy to adopt in the fight over the debt ceiling.

Conservatives see the looming debt hike as leverage that could be used to extract concessions from the Obama administration

Source: GOP faces debt-limit divide | TheHill

Daily Cartoon: Thursday, October 8th | The New Yorker


“The moment Ben starts making idiotic statements, I want everyone to rush him. He can only fend off one campaign aide at a time.”

Source: Daily Cartoon: Thursday, October 8th – The New Yorker

Kevin McCarthy Enters Rehab After Admitting Struggles with Nouns, Verbs | The New Yorker


A source familiar with McCarthy’s struggles, however, cast doubt on that official story.

“It’s not just nouns and verbs,” the source said. “It’s adjectives, adverbs, and pronouns. Kevin’s going to be in rehab for awhile.”

Source: Kevin McCarthy Enters Rehab After Admitting Struggles with Nouns, Verbs – The New Yorker

How rivalry propels creative genius | Aeon


In the early 18th century, Newton [2, 3, 4, 5] balked at nothing in his campaign for priority over the invention of calculus: in 1712, the Royal Society of London published a document granting Newton ownership of the invention and discrediting Leibniz [2, 3, 4, 5].

The paper, however, should be taken with an exceptionally large grain of salt, since Newton, who was president of the society at the time, personally appointed all the committee members and even wrote large parts of the document himself.

Source: How rivalry propels creative genius – Jacob Burak – Aeon

All Climate Change Is Local | Bloomberg View


Through international coalitions like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Compact of Mayors, cities around the world have been committing to major reductions in carbon emissions, while adopting a common measurement system and public reporting process to ensure that they can be held accountable.

In other words: Many cities are already doing what the United Nations is urging national governments to do.

Source: All Climate Change Is Local – Bloomberg View

Anger Reduces Women’s Ability to Influence Others | Pacific Standard


Angry men are strong and forceful, while angry women are often dismissed as overly emotional.

“Our results lend scientific support to a frequent claim voiced by women, sometimes dismissed as paranoia,” conclude psychologists Jessica Salerno of Arizona State University and Liana Peter-Hagene of the University of Illinois–Chicago.

Source: Anger Reduces Women’s Ability to Influence Others – Pacific Standard

A Fix for Social Science | Pacific Standard


“Researchers facing that situation are turning left and right and saying: ‘So, what’s my response to that? Maybe I should not conduct original research anymore, or maybe I should just do the boring stuff that doesn’t get cited in the media,'” says Raphael Silberzahn, an assistant professor at the IESE Business School in Barcelona.

“It sounds awful, but if a single paper could ruin your career, then why go for the flashy results?”

Source: A Fix for Social Science – Pacific Standard

Fit Athletes, Fat Fans | Pacific Standard


“The prevalence of obesity in children and youth has occurred in parallel with significant changes in the U.S. media and marketing environments ,” the Food Marketing to Children and Youth: Threat or Opportunity reads, before citing that even babies, according to the Department of Agriculture, now consume measurable quantities of soft drinks, as much as 2,000 calories a day.

Source: Fit Athletes, Fat Fans – Pacific Standard

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