1. Ending Ebola
Ebola diagnoses are "halving every 10 days in Guinea, every 14 days in Liberia, and every 19 days in Sierra Leone."[Vox / Julia Belluz]
Sierra Leone is easing travel restrictions within the country as the situation improves.[AFP]
The first ever clinical trial of potential Ebola vaccines is expected to begin in Liberia in about two weeks.[NYT / Andrew Pollack]
All that said, "there are still pockets of intense transmission and hard-to-reach rural areas that aren't being tended to," and it's still too early to declare the epidemic over.[Vox / Julia Belluz]
The late Saudi King Abdullah is being celebrated in the Western press as a "reformer." Bullshit.[Vox / Zack Beauchamp]
The "Don't pull the thang out, unless you plan to bang" theory of monetary policy.[NY Mag / Annie Lowrey]
Just over 50 percent of Americans — and almost 80 percent of Democrats — want single-payer health insurance.[The Hill / Sarah Ferris]
Meet Kate McKean, the literary agent who makes meme creators into published, income-earning authors.[Daily Dot via Washington Post / Miles Klee]
There's an Iraqi insurgent equivalent to American Sniper's Chris Kyle: the (possibly apocryphal) Juba.[Washington Post / Adam Taylor]
"She says their prenup obligated her to reach a certain level in Scientology."[Business Insider / Aaron Gell]
"After being the only girl in bands for 10 years, I learned — the hard way — that if I was going to get my ideas through, I was going to have to pretend that they — men — had the ideas."[Björk to Pitchfork / Jessica Hopper]
"This is a Navy SEAL who we trained to be a killer of bad terrorists. He’s not going to walk around using the Queen’s English!"[Megyn Kelly to NYT / Jim Rutenberg]
"In 2010, only about 15 percent of new marriages were interracial … Based on random matching alone, the expected proportion of interracial relationships in the United States should be as high as 44 percent."[The Kernel / Aaron Sankin]
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