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Positioned between Europe and Asia, torn between secularism and Islam, the identity of modern Turkey is caught in a crisis of contradictions. In Snow, a surreal, humorous, and chilling novel by Nobel Prize laureate Orhan Pamuk, a city-dwelling writer comes to a remote Turkish border town to investigate a spate of religiously motivated suicides, and what he finds is a microcosm of the nation: Islamic fundamentalists, intellectuals, communists, fascists, soldiers, and artists—all in a clamor to determine the fate of Turkey’s soul.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley

Reprinted with permission from DailyKos

Last year, Senate Republicans were already feeling so desperate about their upcoming midterm prospects that they rushed to wish Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa a speedy and full recovery from COVID-19 so that he could run for reelection in 2022. The power of incumbency is a huge advantage for any politician, and Republicans were clinging to the idea of sending Grassley—who will be 89 when the '22 general election rolls around—back to the upper chamber for another six-year term.

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