September 24, 2012 Elissa Schappell was 13 and in search of a delicious romance novel when she stumbled on Erica Jong's feminist call to arms, Fear of Flying. It didn't resonate with her at the time, but later she appreciated its message. Is there a book you've changed your mind about? Tell us in the comments.
September 23, 2012 The melting of Arctic sea ice reached a new record low this week. Olle Johansson takes a grim view of the melting Arctic, while Dave Grunlund looks on the bright side.
September 22, 2012 Mitt Romney attacked President Obama this week for a 1998 video in which Obama speaks about "redistribution" of wealth. Nick Anderson thinks Republican icon Ronald Reagan was the original redistributor, while Steve Kelley worries about the effects on the economy.
September 21, 2012 Usain Bolt is the fastest human on Earth, but the average sneeze is more than three times faster. And everyone knows that snails are sluggish, but how do they compare to the speed of a growing fingernail?
September 21, 2012 The latest poll data shows President Obama ahead by a slight margin, leading the Rasmussen poll by three points. In his breakdown of the yesterday's poll numbers, Nate Cohn of The New Republic focuses on crucial yet under-surveyed states in the West.
September 21, 2012 President Obama has a consistent (though slight) lead in the polls, but Jay Cost thinks conclusions are premature - Obama's lead is not historically significant.
September 21, 2012 Most polls, including Gallup, give President Obama a slight but shrinking lead over Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Nate Cohn interprets the poll data for The New Republic.
September 21, 2012 The latest Gallup Poll shows President Obama slightly ahead of Mitt Romney. But The Weekly Standard's Jay Cost argues that victory is still possible for Mitt Romney.
September 21, 2012 Hannah Rosin's recent book The End of Men posits that the era of global patriarchy is over, and women are on the rise. But Mara Hvistendahl writes in Foreign Policy that Asian society is still very much male-dominated.
September 21, 2012 A French newspaper published an incendiary cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad this week, prompting the government to close down many schools and embassies. The cartoonist Aislin laments that cartoonists have to go into hiding again, but R.J. Matson thinks that some are putting themselves at risk.
September 20, 2012 After the uproar over Romney's "47 percent" comments, the candidate did not apologize, but did say that his remarks "were not elegantly stated." Taylor Jones thinks that the incident showed Romney's snobbery, but Eric Allie thinks that Romney may have had a point about federal dependence.