Journal 123 — dog cloning, a spectacular art theft, a frank interview with Kathleen Turner, Paul Ryan, and mass extinctions

Paul Ryan, sitting behind Donald Trump at the 2018 State of the Union address

This week — dog cloning, a spectacular art theft in Rotterdam, a bracingly frank interview with Kathleen Turner, and mass extinctions.

If you only read one thing — The New York Times on Paul Ryan is worth the time.

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This Is the Way Paul Ryan’s Speakership Ends | The New York Times | Politics

A profile of Paul Ryan, soon to retire as Speaker of the House of Representatives, and constantly treading the fine and somewhat uncomfortable line between the Republican establishment and the incumbent of the Oval Office.

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In Conversation: Kathleen Turner | Vulture | Life

The celebrated actress reflects on her life and career with refreshing frankness, and doesn’t hold back in discussing collaborators as varied and celebrated as Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, and the cast of F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

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The art of stealing | NRC Handelsblad | Crime

The story of the surprisingly lo-fi robbery of Rotterdam’s Kunsthal, resulting in the theft of millions of dollars worth of art, including works by Monet, Gauguin, Picasso, and Matisse.

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Inside the Very Big, Very Controversial Business of Dog Cloning | Vanity Fair | Society

A look at the controversial, lucrative world of dog cloning, a practice that first leapt into the public consciousness via celebrity customers such as Barbra Streisand.

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The Nastiest Feud in Science | The Atlantic | Science

A piece looking at a bitter fight amongst geologists, stemming from the assertion made by a Princeton academic that the so-called fifth extinction (the one that got the dinosaurs) “was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions.” The debate is still relevant today, as scientists try to predict future extinction events that risk wiping us out.

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