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The U.S. media, and particularly the New York Times, have gotten some flak for their voluminous coverage of the controversy over how Israel is discussed on elite college campuses, particularly Harvard. It’s shameful, the argument goes, that this is getting more attention than the situation in Gaza itself. But there’s a key thing those criticisms are missing, Ben Mathis-Lilley argues: These Ivy League debates have stakes that reach beyond the walls of campus.
Plus, in case you missed it: Nitish Pahwa examines the ulterior motives of the billionaire who made it his mission to oust Harvard President Claudine Gay.
Joe Biden could never 👀
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The 2024 presidential candidates are all missing something that Obama had. Luke Winkie laments the decline of the culturally plugged-in president.
Putting the gold in Golden Wedding 🤑
Gerry and Theresa are walking away with each other, a free party, and—we’d guess—a giant check. Scott Nover digs into what the Golden Wedding, airing tonight, is really about.
Quit quitting social media 💡
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Maybe you, too, dream of quitting social media—but find it’s hard to make that resolution stick, given how woven into the fabric of contemporary life these apps are.
This year, Shannon Palus is finally facing reality and quitting the idea of quitting social media. Here’s what she’ll try to make her screen time more tolerable instead.
Nikki Haley asked her husband to stop going by the name Bill. He’s Michael now. What? Heather Schwedel considers whether this move shows another kind of executive leadership, or possibly sociopathy.
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One of the world’s oldest surgeries involves the penis—and it’s controversial. Frieda Klotz takes us inside the continuously complicated debate over circumcision.
Today, Slate is … ＊ FATIGUED BY ALL THIS END-TIMES RHETORIC
… much like small-dollar donors may be, based on recent trends in giving. Ryan Teague Beckwith takes a closer look at this beloved grassroots aspect of American democracy, and its potential darker side.
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