Before leaving office, Washington delivered a much-ballyhooed farewell address offering a long list of prescriptions to his would-be successors -- "the disinterested warnings of a parting friend," he called them. Chief among his suggestions was a warning that seems eerily prescient in light of the House GOP's convenient courting of Netanyahu. It was an admonition that political partisans should not divide and weaken the U.S. by making alliances with foreign leaders against internal opponents: read more
"I was in the pool!" George Costanza's distress at the "shrinkage" of his penis after exiting a cold pool was hilarious in the 1994 Seinfeld episode, but for many men concern over the length and girth of their reproductive organ is no laughing matter. Now, a new study could assuage such worries with what may be the most accurate penis-size measurements to date. read more
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, New Republic: The Republican non-response is having a moment, this time in the context of President Barack Obama's religious convictions, which are up for review once again. First, after former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani bizarrely accused Obama of not loving his country, Republican governors Scott Walker and Bobby Jindal refused to disagree. When asked in an interview Saturday whether or not Obama is a Christian, Governor Walker again demurred, saying "I don't know." Though Walker was evidently reminded during the interview of Obama's public remarks about his Christian faith, Walker still insisted it is impossible for him to know whether or not the president is a Christian. read more
A member of Canada's House of Commons has earned laughs and toasts from his colleagues, after he blamed his absence during a vote on tight underwear that makes him uncomfortable. read more
Thirty-eight percent of American wives earn more than their husbands. Data expert Mona Chalabi from FiveThirtyEight.com speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about that number, and puts it into context. Chalabi said, "a man is more likely to cheat on his partner if he is more financially dependent on her. And men who are completely dependent on their girlfriends or wives are five times more likely to cheat than men who earn the same amount as their partners. ... So it's basically about kind of men feeling like they need to conform to society's definitions of masculinity."