Slate's Chatterbag Tim Noah puts the "worst" holiday shopping season in three decades into perspective. Nut sentence: "A close reading of any of these stories makes clear that more U.S. dollars were spent buying holiday gifts this year than in any previous year since the birth of Jesus Christ." That doesn't tell the whole story—there was a 1.5 percent increase in spending this year, but when you adjust for inflation, that looks more like a 0.5 percent to 1 percent decrease. (I find it pretty alarming that the Christmas immediately following the September 11 attacks saw more robust shopping than this year's.) Still, the point is made, and it's a good one.
The Washington Post Tried To Memory-Hole Kamala Harris' Bad Joke About Inmates Begging for Food and Water
At a time when legacy publications are increasingly seen as playing for one political "team" or the other, this type of editorial decision will not do anything to fix that perception.
California Preservationists Sue To Overturn Law That Requires Property Owners Consent To Having Their Homes Landmarked
The lawsuit from three Orange County preservation groups argues that supposedly historic buildings should be afforded the same environmental protections as "air, water, and forests."
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