Jul

25

2017

Cutting Out the Bris

By ZOE GREENBERG July 25, 2017 In her fifth month of pregnancy, Dana Edell learned that she was carrying a boy. Her parents, who are Conservative Jews, asked about the ritual circumcision. “Well, what if I’m considering not circumcising?” Ms. Edell recalled saying. “My parents looked at me like I had just said, ‘Well, what if I’m considering sacrificing him to Satan?’” For thousands of years, Jewish…

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Jul

25

2017
What Are The Planet’s Real ‘Talking’ Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

What Are The Planet’s Real ‘Talking’ Chimps And Gorillas Saying?

[embedded content] NPR’s Skunk Bear YouTube The modern Planet of the Apes reboot begins with a research chimpanzee being raised in an American home. It’s a pretty plausible premise — that exact scenario has played out in the real world many times. On June 26, 1931, for example, Luella and Winthrop Kellogg pulled a baby female chimpanzee away from her mother and brought her to…

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Jul

24

2017
The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

The Senate Health Care Vote, Simplified

Enlarge this image John Holcroft/Getty Images/Ikon Images The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to advance health care legislation to the Senate floor. That would open up debate on an Obamacare repeal and/or replacement plan. At a White House event Monday, President Trump highlighted what he called the “failures” of the Affordable Care Act and called on senators to pass a bill that…

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Jul

24

2017
Fearing surveillance, dads with a record avoid kids’ schools

Fearing surveillance, dads with a record avoid kids’ schools

A sociologist and former elementary school teacher recently identified a mechanism that may explain why kids whose parents have spent time behind bars have worse educational outcomes — and strong, lasting, negative consequences that often span generations.


Jul

24

2017

Instead of Dumbing Down Shakespeare, Smarten Up the Kids

July 24, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. I marked Father’s Day this June by attending a special showing of “High Noon” at Film Forum in the West Village, glorious on the big screen, with comments afterward by Maria Cooper Janis, the daughter of its star, Gary Cooper, and Glenn Frankel, who wrote a book, “High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of…

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Jul

24

2017

‘No Jab, No Play’: How Australia Is Handling the Vaccination Debate

The Breakdown By ADAM BAIDAWI July 24, 2017 This much is clear: Australia’s strict vaccination laws are working — and they’re set to become even stricter. The state of South Australia has introduced legislation that would ban the enrollment of unvaccinated children in preschool and child care centers. The proposal would set fines of up to 30,000 Australian dollars, or about $24,000, on centers that admit an…

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Jul

22

2017
My Grandfather, My ‘Bona Fide’ Best Friend

My Grandfather, My ‘Bona Fide’ Best Friend

Contributing Op-Ed Writer July 22, 2017 Wajahat Ali Until his untimely death in 1986, my grandfather was my best friend. On weekend mornings he’d let my parents sleep in while he brought me downstairs to watch cartoons. We made regular trips to the San Jose, Calif., flea market where he’d buy me cheap toys and impress me with his masterful bargaining, which made them even…

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Jul

22

2017
Charlie Gard and the Experts

Charlie Gard and the Experts

Op-Ed Columnist July 22, 2017 Ross Douthat In the case of Charlie Gard, the dying British infant whose parents are being denied the right to attempt a long-shot treatment despite having a willing doctor and the money to pay for it, there is a hard question and an easy one. The hard question is when medical interventions become too extreme and pointless, when illness and…

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