If I was going to write a book about the intimate relationship between humans and their dogs and cats, I hope I would have thought of a title like Citizen Canine. The link has a bit about the book and an interview with the author.
Here's something practical I got from the article: next time my cat complains, a pretty much daily event, I'm going to tell him how lucky he is not to have lived in the Middle Ages.
CLEARING A HURDLE. Here's the New Yorker on the Affordable Care Act.
SPEAKING OF WHICH, here's Dean Baker on the same.
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