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Those first bubbles were almost a revelation. A couple of days before, I had mixed together flour and water into a paste. But now pockets of gas percolated through that seemingly inert glob. It was breathing. It was alive.

This gloppy mess, exuding a whiff of vinegar, was my nascent sourdough starter. When mature, it would be a pungent brew of yeasts and bacteria, a complex ecosystem that would hopefully yield delicious loaves of sourdough bread.

The Internet is still coming to terms with the fact that Twitter is shuttering Vine, the beloved six-second video-looping app.

The Illinois Senate race was already likely out of reach for Republicans, and now comments that incumbent GOP Sen. Mark Kirk made about his challenger's heritage and military service are making it that much harder.

In a debate on Thursday night, Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth — an Army helicopter pilot who lost both her legs in a crash in Iraq — talked about her family's long history of service in the military.

Cliffhanger Ending

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First, enjoy an all-new game with a phone contestant whose knowledge of popular TV characters is put to the test. Then, we hear terrible 80s TV plots, and are reminded Who's The (TV) Boss. You might want to readjust your recliner for this one.

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Refill the popcorn bowl and settle in: Jonathan Coulton and They Might Be Giants alter classic TV theme songs to be about more recent series. Then New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum tells Ophira Eisenberg what it's like to get paid to watch TV (spoiler: it's awesome) before leading a game featuring excerpts from her own reviews.

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