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Headlines edition

Thursday headlines: When so bad equals so good.

Dr. Ronny Jackson withdraws his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs, but remains on the job as the president’s physician.

The White House press corps has never had it so bad and so good at the same time.

Thousands of Germans don yarmulkes and march in several cities to protest an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin.

Trump called for hiring 5,000 more Border Patrol agents. Many of those likely to apply are Latinos.

A Tijuana man used to cross the border daily to study aerospace engineering. Now he works at NASA.

What's wrong with the intellectual left: conformity, religious ignorance, and a willful dumbness about the right.

Student activists trying to ignite #MeToo in China turn to blockchain to fight government censorship. (Also, if merely the mention of “blockchain” makes you wince, this is the article for you.)

China has bought or invested in European assets amounting to at least $318 billion over the past 10 years.

The Bajau, from the Malay Archipelago, spend 60% of their work day underwater—and they've got the DNA to prove it.

Mosquitoes kill more people in a single day than sharks do in a century.

In a variety of American institutions, "it can be as easy to find a man named John as it is to find a woman."

Many women frequently wear men's fashion. Why don't most men occasionally throw on a dress?

According to a study, most people are terrible judges of their own physical appearance.

A woman wears a "Power Vest" to the office for a week in order to understand what it’s like to be a tech/finance/sales bro.

Photographer Sayuri Ichida asks a professional ballerina to try being less beautiful.

Police have recovered a solid gold casket containing the heart of French queen Anne of Brittany.

Michelle McNamara’s book, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, deserves partial credit for the capture of the Golden State Killer suspect, says former husband Patton Oswalt.

Composer Philip Glass worked regularly as a plumber and a cab driver into his early forties.

Chance the Rapper defends Kanye’s love of Trump: “Black people don’t have to be Democrats.”

See also: “Kanye West Doesn’t Care About Black People.”

America gets a new memorial this week: a powerful monument to confront its wretched history of lynching.

Inside Prop Heaven, where Hollywood rents its fake breads, ducks, deli platters, and so on.

Hackers demonstrate the "master key" they built for millions of electronically-locked hotel rooms.

An argument for “the digital self” as the single most valuable long-term commodity of the 21st century.

Amazon's new Alexa device is designed to get your kids shopping early. It can also require using the word "please."