- The Metropolitan Museum of Art now offers "athletic docents," aka physical trainers. Updated 2d ago
- Concrete lovers, sharpen your cold grey and warm grey pencils: The Brutalist Coloring Book.
- What if a city was just a wall?
- Not everyone accepted Obama's clemency. One man is waiting for it to be extended to others. Updated 2d ago
- How not to get away with tax evasion: leave bags of money lying around Studio 54.
- Almost every news outlet used the wrong photo for Chelsea Manning's release story.
- A brief overview of Trump's personal oddities: agoraphobia, germaphobia, and a rumored reliance on cheap speed. Updated 3d ago
- At ExxonMobil, top leadership operates in a cult-like fashion.
- Anne Rice supports Peter Thiel's proposed transformation into vampire.
It's cartoon villain day, as Mark Zuckerberg sues to acquire some Native Hawaiians' land.
"The Facebook CEO is trying to enhance the seclusion of his property by filing several lawsuits aimed at forcing these families to sell their land at a public court auction to the highest bidder." The legal use of "quiet title and partition" has been displacing Native Hawaiian families for decades.
We had that conversation over a full day of listening to Christian television. He would just let it end with, “Well, let’s let think about it. I’m just worried that if I come people will expect me to dance like Michael Jackson.” Or he’d be like, “I’m not very strong anymore. I used to be able to wrestle down Hulk Hogan.” We’re in the bush of a town in Nigeria and you’re talking about Hulk Hogan?↩︎ Pitchfork
Trump supporters in Washington want child care, Social Security, and finance jobs for women.
Plenty hew closer to Republican talking points around evangelism and national security, but a lot of the interviewees want things you'd associate more with an expanded government. One talked about how much he hoped the Postal Service wouldn't be privatized.
Along those lines, there's a good argument that progressives can still win big nationally in the Fight for $15. Trump has waffled on it, and his advisors are hugely anti-labor, but the momentum suggests states and cities will raise their minimum wages.
Lesson of Mnuchin hearing: When you have a billion dollars, it can be easy to mislay it.
The billionaire financier was revealed during confirmation hearings to have under-reported his assets by more than $100 million. His response? "I have been maligned."
"Other than offshore funds, the big theme of the hearing was confusion." This when Mnuchin's ideology was revealed to be inconsistent with Republicans and even his own nominator on issues such as privatizing Fannie Mae, proprietary trading by retail banks (he sides with Democrats), and Trump's taxes.
American taxpayers fund the training of future war criminals
The number of foreign military personnel who've trained at US defense universities and later committed atrocities is estimated at somewhere between 17 and 50.
The numbers are shaky because there's no program to monitor defense university graduates.
- John Kerry's faith in diplomacy led to gains for the environment and internationalism, but it also led to big failures in the Middle East. Updated 5d ago
- Mark Ostow photographs Obama's closest advisers and Cabinet members for Politico.
- Porno for the wonks: Policy debriefs from all 27 departing executive Cabinet-level officials.
- Most developers have the decency not to name their gentrification projects insultingly. Updated 5d ago
- An ultra-expensive D.C. restaurant closes, unable to solve its "price problem."
- The media discovers a classic Harlem sandwich, leading Whole Foods to debut a version at double the price.
Announcing the 2017 Tournament of Books
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- Trump probably doesn't know what public health is, and Mike Pence may try to kill us all. Updated 1w ago
- Let's hope former CDC director and Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher's optimism is not misplaced.
- If Mike Pence doesn't kill us all, Tom Price will.
- A musician pays homage to emergence with a beat programmed by the random noise of raindrops. Updated 1w ago
- According to scientists, life is like an eddy in the flow of chaos.
- No single ant has any idea where it's going. But their individual behaviors reliably add up to something remarkable.