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Thursday Headlines: “Never admit.”

With the FBI report on Kavanaugh in senators' hands, Grassley says there's "no hint of misconduct"; Schumer disagrees. Ongoing updates here.

The investigation's credibility is in question, mainly due to its extremely limited scope and timeline—and because the FBI ignored testimonies from Kavanaugh's former classmates.

Over a thousand law professors sign a letter urging the Senate to reject Kavanaugh.

Disgust is often more deeply buried than envy and anger, but it compounds and intensifies the other negative emotions. Our president seems to be especially gripped by disgust. The great Martha Nussbaum on the rise of “disgust” in our politics and the ongoing wave of fear-driven male rage.

The US Justice Dept. has filed criminal charges against seven Russian intelligence officers for attempting to hack anti-doping agencies, individuals critical of Russia's doping program, and a chemical weapons organization investigating Russian poisonings.

Indonesia's death toll continues to rise. One factor was "soil liquefaction," when liquid earth destroys buildings.

In South Africa, ANC politicians are killing one another; about 90 politicians have died since the start of 2016.

"You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women. If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you're dead.... You've got to be strong. You've got to be aggressive. You've got to push back hard. You've got to deny anything that's said about you. Never admit." Advice from the President of the United States to a friend accused of sexual misconduct, according to Bob Woodward.

A new lipstick protests Kavanaugh's nomination while supporting survivors of sexual assault.

I do understand why the issues behind the Kavanaugh hearings have resonated with so many people, and why about 20 million Americans watched. But can you imagine comparable rapt public attention for a debate over whether subsidies to science should be increased? A point to consider: Why all the noise around the Kavanaugh nomination, but not something like climate change?

The Duchess of Sussex, aka Meghan Markle, is finding ways to talk about issues that are radical for British royals.

If you buy products that incorporate Cordura, Lycra, or Coolmax, you're supporting the Koch brothers.

Venture capitalists invested $75.3 billion in 2016. A newcomer plans to spend $50 billion this year alone.

At a new coffee shop, Brown University students drink free if they hand over personal data to corporate sponsors.

A study finds that companies' “equal-opportunity statements” fail to boost diversity and may foster discrimination.

So what is this move all about: profits, pressure, or master plan? Probably a bit of all three. But that’s not unusual. Historically, labor’s gains have often required both profits and political pressure. Amazon’s new minimum wage might actually be meant to price out competitors that can’t afford similar pay.

How epidemics shaped New York neighborhoods: The rich wanted distance from the poor, who they perceived as ill.

Skating around New York City with fashion photographer Quentin de Briey.

Photographs of closed discos, clubs, and venues, and their cause of death.

The number of people commuting by bike is steadily decreasing. Why? Low gas prices and many people working at home.

The Emperor of Japan still publishes as a working scientist, albeit under only one name (because he's the Emperor).

Archaeologists unearth features from the original Wolf Hall, including foundations, tiles, and sewers.

A “gammon” is a pejorative slang term used to describe white, middle-aged English men, who skew conservative on the political spectrum and support the United Kingdom's separation from the European Union. The word compares these men to the pink hue of a cured pork loin that shares the name. The British “gammon” follows an American precedent in connecting hypertensive conservative men and cured pork.

Video: A favorite theory recently discovered on the internet: Snowpiercer is actually a sequel to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

A photographer hunts across Southern California for iconic, overlooked works by architect Paul R. Williams.

Network television has never been so diverse—on-screen and off. But is it just a moment, or a movement?

"Exactly, my dear Watson," is correct. "Elementary, my dear Watson" is a catchphrase conjured up by the culture.

What if you decide in your 40s, as I have, that you want to learn to surf? What if you decide in your 60s that you want to learn to speak Italian? The expectation of excellence can be stultifying. Hobbies are meant to make you happy; being mediocre at them is part of the fun.

Video: A former engineer, professional ramen reviewer Toshio Yamamoto has sampled more than 6,200 kinds of instant noodles.

“Before 10 a.m., eight out of the first 10 orders include pie, no question.” The case for eating pie for breakfast.