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Bob Corker convenes a Senate hearing to examine Trump's authority to deploy nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, Sessions may investigate his boss's list of "conservative concerns"—what some call "a fog machine."

The Kremlin turns its disinformation machine to Catalonia's political crisis, to sow discord in Europe.

The United Arab Emirates' secret plan to wage war on Qatar includes stealing the World Cup.

FIFA's "sprawling" $150 million corruption case goes to trial this week, with more than 40 people pleading guilty.

Senior officials were slow to condemn white supremacist slogans at Warsaw's Independence Day march over the weekend.

Among the startling facts found in a good article about Sicily's problems: the public prosecutor has 42 bodyguards.

“The girl was bullied because she didn’t have a dad, so the mother rented me. I’ve acted as the girl’s father ever since. I am the only real father that she knows.” A man in Japan employs 800 people, who pose as family and friends to the lonely or needy.

How to thrive in a globalized economy? Take lessons from pro tennis: a globespanning core product, enabled by tech.

Men's college basketball, just now resuming, is a complete mess, and the scandals affect everyone.

Spotify tells employees to ignore religions and Hallmark if they wish, and choose holidays as they see fit.

Clip: TMN favorite Tiffany Haddish became the first black woman standup to host Saturday Night Live.

America’s first female mortician, Henrietta Duterte, turned her house into a stop on the Underground Railroad and used coffins to smuggle fugitives across Pennsylvania.

The first year of Trump's White House was also a year of triumphs by black women in numerous fields.

“The revelations about Louis C.K. and others are killing any pretense that any of this is objective. It’s very personal, and it always has been.” Manohla Dargis goes more personal than normal in her criticism while lining up Hollywood’s creeps.

Many nice surprises (at least for us) in this list of "50 underground albums you've never heard of."

The hot new thing in German literature is "ultra-romanticism," with writers trying for “a Romantic variation of cyberpunk.”

In case you need a music break today, here’s Nahre Sol improvising “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in the style of different composers, from Chopin to Glass.

A list of big experiments that haven't found what they're looking for yet—like the aesthetics of extra dimensions.

Video: A man in his thirties enjoys life in as much of the 1940s as he can recreate, Facebook be damned.

“Today was very hard. Like being stuck on one of those elliptical trainer machines in a gym, turned up as hard as it will go, so that each churning stride and arm-swing takes a good three or four seconds, and looking at a blank piece of white paper for eight hours or so.” Follow the early days in Ben Saunders’ journey to make the first solo, unsupported, and unassisted crossing of Antarctica.