Maria Kari is a freelance writer and journalist currently based in Vancouver, BC.
"Who gives a [insert expletive] about an Oxford comma," asked the Vampire Weekend boys in 2008, shocking many an English teacher and publishing industry professional. Now, three years later, the usefulness of the oxford comma (also known as the serial comma) has come into question again. Let me preface this article by assuaging your worried souls: despite rumors to the contrary, the Oxford comma is not dead.
Stephen F. Hayes is a senior writer at The Weekly Standard.
Shortly after Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell unveiled his "contingency" plan for a debt limit increase, the Associated Press bulletin read: "GOP Leader McConnell proposes giving Obama new power for automatic debt limit increase."
It's surely not the headline McConnell wanted, but unlike much of the media coverage of the debt fight, it's accurate. And that's a problem.
Polygamy has become passe — at least for young people in Indonesia and Malaysia.
86.5 percent of Indonesians between the ages of 15 and 25, and 72.7 percent of young Malaysians, disagree with the practice, according to a new survey. Of course, in and of itself that isn't earth-shattering news, but given that the countries are overwhelmingly Muslim and generally quite conservative, the number is interesting.
Jonathan Chait is a senior editor at The New Republic. He writes the magazine's TRB column. He is also the author of The Big Con: Crackpot Economics and the Fleecing of America. He has worked at The New Republic since 1995.
The feel-good story of last week about the young New York Yankees fan who very willingly gave back the home run ball that shortstop Derek Jeter clobbered to get his 3,000th career hit took a predictable but still somewhat depressing turn yesterday.
There's a lot happening right now in the expanding scandal in the U.K. over allegations that newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International illegally obtained private information — sometimes by paying police — about thousands of people, from members of the royal family and a former prime minister to victims of the 2005 London bombings and the 9/11 attacks.:
North Dakota became a state in 1889. Now, 122 years later, a flaw has been found in the state's constitution. Historian John Rolcynski noticed it doesn't say the governor has to take an oath of office, as required by Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.
Negotiations will continue today between the White House and congressional leaders, but as NPR's Scott Horsley said on Morning Edition, the path to a deal on raising the federal debt ceiling, cutting federal deficits and eventually shrinking the $14+ trillion federal debt "is far from clear."
A passenger on a Southwest Airlines plane tried to use a new electronic cigarette on a flight from Los Angeles to Utah. Told to stop, he allegedly got so mad he pelted the flight attendant with peanuts and pretzels.