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According to science, kids like chocolate and other flavored cigars. So do mechanics, strippers, rappers, and everyone else.

International
Indecision and no good options has led to the failed US attempt to diffuse the Egyptian crisis.

In recent years, Kingston’s most violent neighborhoods have broken from Jamaica’s violent past.

National
Looking for a Masters degree? Get it online.

Arts & Leisure
Returning to comedy via Funny or Die, Chappelle is back.

Sunday Business
How Jeff Bezos’ past in business helps us know what to expect at the Washington post.

Sunday Review
Maureen Dowd on Hillary, the Clinton Foundation, and MONEY! Margaret Sullivan on the Clinton campaign in waiting.

Travel
The draw of California’s Mount Tamalpais for a recently-divorced writer.

Magazine
With a struggling economy and increasing inequality, a debate on the merits of giving money directly to the poor.

Book Review
Three books that unearth the politics of our day and how our leaders see themselves.

Sports Sunday
Russel Baze is the winningest jockey you’ve never heard of. [awesome multimedia experience]

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The Best of the Sunday Times

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“With Larry, my wife always says that it’s hard to be happy if you want to have the most money because you’ll never have the most money. He’s kind of been going about his life just on the basis of ‘who knows what’s going to come next?’ and just sort of maximizing his experiences, given the opportunities in front of him.”

~ Jeremy I. Bulow,

economics professor at Stanford,

friend and co-author of academic

papers with Larry Summers

Front Page
Larry Summers‘ tireless pursuit of wealth and influence, his Wall Street ties, and his general depth of both knowledge and experience are both an asset and a liability.

International
The Andean Yawar Fiesta, or Blood Festival, sees the tying of a angry condor to the back of an enraged bull.

National
Two high-profile, high-damage oil spills in Michigan and Arkansas call into question the wisdom of implementing the Keystone XL.

Fmr. Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) and Robert Redford clash with the Navajo nation on the place of horse slaughter in cultures past and in the nation’s future.

Arts & Leisure
Famous for her desert depictions, Georgia O’Keefe also kept some greens on her pallet.

Sunday Business
What happens when tumblr sells for 1.1 billion and the Boston Globe slips away for a fraction of that? New world. New media. New math.

Sunday Review
Maureen Dowd on Obama’s increasingly embroiled positions and Hillary’s parallel rise in absentia.

Travel
There is a masochistic luxury to walking through the inhospitable swamp of the Florida Everglades.

Magazine
Five years later, the US financial system looks disturbingly like it did in pre-recession. Did we waste our economic woe without restructuring a faulty system?

Book Review
The Village, a Novel by Nikita Lalwani, depicts a BBC film crew’s difficulties in capturing the life of an Indian prison village.

best of the sunday times

Front Page
Mired in controversy, the NSA owes its immense power to monitor terrorists, arms dealers, and almost any foreign national from a secret court with an increasingly expansive role in interpreting rights to privacy and surveillance.

World
No longer stuck in the 1950s, Cubans begin spending to move their lives and economy forward.

National
Liz Cheney wants to be a senator, but her father’s party is telling this trust fund baby what it has told many spoiled political aspirants for the first time: you’re going to have to wait.

Business
In a suffering economy, all 50 states now have burgeoning vineyards, helping to spur agriculture and tourism.

Arts & Leisure
On the heels of Netflix’s Arrested Development sequel, Michael Cera is taking his baby face to writing and directing.

Sunday Review
The Dalai Lama and many Fortune 500 CEOs do it, but can meditation make practitioners more moral?

Travel
The Lincoln Highway is now a patchwork of two-lane highways across the Northern United States, but a cross-country road trip on this old-school path offers a view less seen on a road less travelled.

 

Book Review

As many around the US and Europe begin to replace their piety with humanism, John Gray  says “No, Sir” in his attack, Silence of the Animals.

Magazine

Whether you hate the player or the game, Kurt Bardella is winning the game in Washington right now.

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“God helps those who help themselves.”

~ Algernon Sydney

(not the Bible or Benjamin Franklin)

Martin Luther King Jr. had Malcolm X and the Dailai Lama has Ashin Wirathu, the charismatic and militant monk.

Whether it’s convenient for President Dilma Rouseff or not, more than one million people in more than eighty cities are protesting in a Brazilian awakening.

While China proves that totalitarianism is an environmentalist’s ideal system by threatening to execute its worst polluters, the United State of Virginia attempting to tax hybrid and electric cars since their owners do not pay their “fair share” of gas taxes.

Is the depthless realm of coffee tables and and public shelving the future of books once content has moved online for good? With this future focus on the book’s binding, is the paperback a thing of the past?

Close on the heels of rising televangelism came the “prosperity gospel.” BBC4 and Andrew Brown discuss the Christian antithesis posing as the church.

the best of the sunday times

Front Page
US forces in Afghanistan must adapt to their support role just as the Afghanis must learn to lead on their own.

Business
She’s not quite the Dalai Lama, but Mata Amritanandamayi (aka Amma or “the hugging saint”), has traveled the world, spreading love and creating an empire based on hugs.

Travel
A look into Andrew Wyeth’s Pennsylvania house and boyhood home offer a glimpse into the life of an intensely energetic painter and a family of luminaries.

Sunday Review
Jo Robinson discusses the role of nutrition in health and how farmed food has lost much of the nutrition that was held by the wild foods gathered by our ancestors.

David Leonhardt pines for a new corporate tax code that is fairer, simpler, and actually makes sense. Fareed Zakaria wrote about tax reform as well on Wednesday in the Washington Post.

While the Middle East is still exploding with violence and revolution, Israel has become complacent on moving forward in a peace process with Palestine.

Magazine
The title says it all: Billy Joel on not working, not giving up drinking and not caring what Elton John says about any of it. Also, some reflection on a life of telling it like it is.

Book Review
In 41 False Starts, Janet Malcom’s collection of essays and profiles on artists and writers, a combination of biography and literary imagination makes Malcom an educational alternative to David Sedaris.

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“I think we agree, the past is over.”

~ George W. Bush

Paul Miller of the online tech magazine, The Verge, has finally finished his year of living without the internet. Guess what! You can be just as unproductive without Reddit and Facebook.

Reuters reports this morning that the UN has evidence that the Syrian Rebels used the Sarin gas, not the Assad regime. Score one for Obama having played it close to the chest on this one. Score zero to whoever is found to have provided the rebels with chemical weapons.

With the conservative media beginning to turn against him, Marco Rubio may no longer be the right poster child to pass immigration reform while saving face for Republicans who face staunch opposition to reform in their home states.

Not to be dissuaded by the Patriot Act or hiked-up security measures in a post-9/11 world, al Qaeda has begun a new strategy of recruiting disenfranchised American Muslims to take up smaller attacks on US soil.

What makes a book business? Richard Nash of the Virginia Quarterly Review looks at the publishing industry and how they must change to stay afloat in a world of eContent.