America’s Indefensible Defense Budget

Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty ImagesPresident Trump after touring the Lima Army Tank Plant, Lima, Ohio, March 20, 2019 A parable, to begin: in 2016, the 136 military bands maintained by the Department of Defense, employing more than 6,500 full-time professional musicians at an annual cost of about $500 million, caught the attention of budget-cutters worried about surging …

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Queer History Uncovered: A Conversation with Matthew Riemer

JUNE 26, 2019 FLIPPING THROUGH THE PAGES of historians-turned-queer-sensations Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown’s opus, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, one can’t help but feel chills. Covering a broad historical timeline, the book offers a pictorial and written history of queer life from the mid-1800s to the …

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PRH ceases publication of Baños title, following antisemitism review

Published June 26, 2019 by Katie Mansfield Penguin Random House UK has ceased publication of Pedro Baños’ How They Rule the World: The 22 Secret Strategies of Global Power (Ebury) after an external review investigating… Penguin Random House UK has ceased publication of Pedro Baños’ How They Rule the World: The 22 Secret Strategies of Global Power (Ebury) after …

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How Saladin became a hero in the West

The Life and Legend of the Sultan Saladin. By Jonathan Phillips.Yale University Press; 520 pages; $32.50. Bodley Head; £25. THE WEST has few Muslim heroes but, astonishingly, a 12th-century jihadist is one of them. Saladin broke onto the Middle East’s map in a drama not unlike the recent eruption of Islamic State. Born on the …

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Book Riot’s Deals of the Day for June 26th, 2019

Sponsored by Libro.fm These deals were active as of this writing, but may expire soon, so get them while they’re hot! Today’s Featured Deals All Out: the No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Through the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell for $0.99. Get it here, or just click on the cover image below. Tell Me Again How a …

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The Cold, Dead Hand of the NRA

Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesImages of the National Rifle Association’s chief executive, Wayne LaPierre, its former president, Oliver North, and its then chief lobbyist, Chris Cox, at the association’s national convention, Indianapolis, April 27, 2019 On Thursday June 20, in a turn of events that surprised even close followers of the vicious internecine boardroom …

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