It might seem crazy that NBC is pinning its hopes on the wispy shoulders of the 18-year-old capuchin star of its new sitcom Animal Practice. On the other (diminutive, hirsute) hand, if anyone is up to the task, it’s probably this monkey. By Benjamin Wallace
The Mormon Mitt Romney has largely been absent from the campaign, a void that has made the candidate seem a cipher. Yet a look at Romney’s decade as a church leader in Boston shows a man capable of great empathy—but it’s an empathy defined by an unshakable belief in his own culture’s exceptionalism. By Benjamin Wallace-Wells
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