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Thursday Headlines: Make the Unconformity Great again.

The 116th US Congress begins today, with record numbers of women being sworn in, and Democrats taking control of the House, bringing with them an agenda that covers everything from infrastructure to voting rights to prescription drug prices to the ACA.

Incoming House speaker Nancy Pelosi breaks with the Dept. of Justice, and says a sitting president can be indicted.

Based on the backlash among Republicans, Mitt Romney's op-ed criticizing Trump's character matters to conservatives.

Trump has confirmed as many appeals judges as Obama did in his entire first term. Many could hold their seats for decades to come.

Among the 95 undisclosed Trump appointees made over the last six months: a former DuPont engineer who's now at the EPA.

Thirteen days in to the government shutdown, Trump and the Democrats are at an impasse, with the new House Democrats pushing a bill that ends the shutdown—without funding the wall—and Trump, egged on by his allies, digging in deeper.

Meanwhile, with national park staff reduced due to the shutdown, Yosemite is now covered in 27 tons of garbage and waste.

NASA's New Horizons reaches Ultima Thule, the most distant object ever visited by a spacecraft, and sends home photos. And in a historic first, China has landed a vehicle on the far side of the moon.

Representing up to 1.2 billion years of history, a missing layer of Earth's crust—known as the Great Unconformity—may have been erased by planet-wide glaciers.

The year that was and wasn’t: We asked more than two dozen of our favorite journalists, writers, and thinkers: What were the most important events of 2018, and what were the least?

TMN’s Andrew Womack wraps up 2018 with a second installment—and a lot of Spotify playlists—from the year in music. (You can see the first installment, from June, here.)

A big list of books by women and nonbinary authors of color you should read in 2019.

More CRISPR, improved flu vaccines, cancer organoid studies: Experts predict the year in science.

Bone churches, petting zoos for fatbergs, and other predictions for obscure trends in 2019.

See also: You can't trust predictions in a climate where clicks lure publishers to post outlandish prognostications for the coming year.

Everywhere I went online this year, I was asked to prove I’m a human. Can you retype this distorted word? Can you transcribe this house number? Can you select the images that contain a motorcycle? The fake metrics, people, businesses, content, and politics that are the internet at this moment.

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Roundups of the stories at alt-weeklies that offer a deeper perspective missed by national publications.

Video: Visualizing US immigration as tree rings.

She said, “It’s just, when he has Fox, he has Obama to hate. If he doesn’t have that...” She kept looking over her shoulder. She was terrified of him. “I’m sorry,” she said. “I just need him to have Fox.” I got out of my van. A former cable tech on the house calls that showed her who Americans really are.

The Very Slow Movie Player displays movies as slowly changing artwork; it takes nearly a year to finish Kubrick's 2001.

A history of Fugazi told through data visualizations.