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16 MINS AGO - MSNBC

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First Read's Morning Clips

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

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20 MINS AGO - New Yorker

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Why We Loved Gilbert Blythe

Many were saddened, this weekend, to learn of the death of Jonathan Crombie, the forty-eight-year-old actor who played Gilbert Blythe in the CBC’s film adaptations of the “Anne of Green Gables” books. People on the Internet were using the phrase “depths of despair,” as Anne Shirley would. Gilbert was many people’s first love. A kindred spirit of mine—a bosom friend ...

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20 MINS AGO - New Yorker

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Peacetime

I was living in the armory on Lexington Avenue. First Sergeant Diaz had given me the keys. I slept on a cot in the medical-supply closet. “Two weeks, max,” I’d told Diaz. But as the months went by I kept postponing a reunion with my wife. I was comfortable where I was. The armory took up an entire city block. ...

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20 MINS AGO - New Yorker

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Cover Story: Mark Ulriksen’s “Baseball Ballet”

All one needs to add to this gruesomely realistic Mark Ulriksen cover is that the depicted stadium action is probably in the first inning, and that there will be another slovenly Sox run or two, and that the Yankees’ response will be trifling and insufficient. The Yanks’ pitching has been O.K., but the pinstripes habitually fall behind in the early going ...

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20 MINS AGO - New Yorker

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Mad Scenes

The Kingdom of Belgium is the only nation on earth that came into being after a night at the opera. In the summer of 1830, Daniel Auber’s “La Muette de Portici”—a flamboyant melodrama first heard in Paris, two years earlier—received a series of performances at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, the venerable opera house of Brussels. The Belgian territories ...

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