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Headlines, it’s true, have always anchored our homepage—initially as a daily blog post within a continuous feed of other updates; then as an ever-present block at the top of the site; then aligned to the right side of the homepage, where it survived for many redesigns; and now, today, as the entire homepage.

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As legal revenue dries up, North Korea will bank on importing illicit money and goods, particularly from Africa.

“It’s just life, living it, hanging out in your bed, getting a massage from your partner, turning over—just like life.”

A brief Q&A with actors on Transparent about doing TV’s first transgender full-frontal nude scene.

↩︎ The Daily Beast
Macron disrupted France's system, beat Russian meddling, and is fighting for the middle class. Could it happen here?

Football v. Trump v. America in five stories.

Nothing gets a lotta, lotta Americans talking like professional football. And nothing gives Trump better cover on his many failures than dividing the country with a new strawman set on fire. 

In response to Trump's calling football players SOBs who aren't hurting each other hard enough anymore: 

1. "Here's How NFL Teams Demonstrated During The National Anthem Today," Lauren Theisen, Deadspin. 

See also: "More than 200 NFL players don’t stand for anthem" and "What Every N.F.L. Team Did During the National Anthem on Sunday."

2. "Debate over Trump's NFL attacks extends into parking lot of StubHub Center," Hailey Branson-Potts, The Los Angeles Times.

"People interpret things in their own way. It's not about the flag. You think any of these players hate the country they live in?"

3. "The NFL responds to Trump by embracing its diversity," Jerry Brewer, The Washington Post.

To twist the sports cliche du jour, perhaps Trump should stick to trying to run a country that barely resembles itself right now. The sports world will continue what it does best: embrace differences and manage conflict on a field of play.

4. Washington cornerback Josh Norman:

And from the other side: "NFL players taking a knee, Commissioner Roger Goodell, shame on all of you," Jeanine Pirro, FOX News.

Unrelated/related: Actual football results and commentary from Sunday's games. And meanwhile large swaths of Puerto Rico are destroyed and badly need help.

5. "John Oliver Calls Out Trump for Rubbing the American Flag Against His ‘Old Boner,’" Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast.

A campaign for the final Saw movie fights against rules restricting gay men from donating blood.
White House imposes new travel ban with no end date, with dramatic limitations on people from eight countries.

The sophistication of the Russian tactics caught Facebook off-guard. Its highly regarded security team had erected formidable defenses against traditional cyber attacks but failed to anticipate that Facebook users—deploying easily available automated tools such as ad micro-targeting—pumped skillfully crafted propaganda through the social network without setting off any alarm bells.

Not even a one-on-one between Obama and Zuckerberg could get Facebook to act fast enough on fake news from Russia.

↩︎ The Washington Post
Merkel may have won chancellor, but the hard-right Alternative für Deutschland is now Germany's third-largest party.

A cute PSA, admittedly sponsored by a car company, on simple ways to reduce traffic on busy streets.

For Southern Californians, see also: "Could London-style toll zones reduce LA traffic?"

"Saudi Arabia wasn't always this repressive. Now it's unbearable." Saudi journalist breaks iron silence.

Consider the amount of standard daily doses of opioids consumed in Japan. And then double it. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it again. And then double it a fifth time. That would make Japan No. 2 in the world, behind the United States.

One big misconception about opioids in America is that the US is at all normal at managing pain.

↩︎ Vox
“You can make the argument that we are living in Peak Asshole,” says Stanford professor and expert on assholes.
Maybe you can't dance about architecture, but artist Ben Johnson sure can paint it realistically.
Ways to cut crime that don't involve gun control—e.g., lead abatement, drug decriminalization, prison education.
(Scary) headline of the day: "Death Wish Coffee recalls its Nitro Cold Brew over risk of deadly botulin toxin."

“There is no backing down in the North Korean rule book,” Mr. Paik said. “It’s the very core of their leadership identity and motive.”

Mr. Kim calls Mr. Trump a “frightened dog” and a “mentally deranged US dotard” (aka, an “old beast lunatic”) .

↩︎ The New York Times
Quebec's language watchdog says English terms like "grilled-cheese" and "cocktail" aren't so threatening anymore.

My time in Barcelona taught me one thing: radicalization is a local phenomenon. It happens on soccer fields, in parks and cafes. Local authorities cannot investigate every person, but if someone is already suspected, the local officials should know about it.

Lessons learned from neuroscience experiments run on radicalized people in Spain.

↩︎ The New York Review of Books