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Tuesday headlines: The Minister of Happiness! The Happiness Minister!!

The GOP tax bill advances to the House floor for a vote. On average, the cuts for highest earners go way beyond those of people making less. 1/16

Analysis of 27 extreme weather events from 2016 found that human-caused climate change was a “significant driver” for 21 of them. 2/16

With Trump on the brink of a failed presidency, look for him to take foreign policy risks to increase his stature.

Presidents love to claim credit when the economy’s strong. This time around? It's all thanks to Janet Yellen.

Most white women voted for Trump, and most white Alabama women voted for Moore. Next time, let's follow the black women.

Video: The popularity of square dancing in America is thanks to Henry Ford’s vehement hatred of jazz and Jewish people.

“It is very ambitious in both depth and scope, including scrutinizing individual behavior and what books people are reading. It’s Amazon’s consumer tracking with an Orwellian political twist.” China is developing a mandatory “Social Credit System” to rate the trustworthiness of its 1.3 billion citizens.

A fictional video, suitably scary and real-seeming, suggests what’s coming next: autonomous weapons, i.e., killer robots.

Netflix's algorithms choose the artwork you see for shows based on your personal viewing habits.

Rural nostalgia is thriving in England, but the vision of “heritage” people seek out wasn’t originally about escapism.

Wine glass capacity in England has increased sevenfold over the last 300 years.

Mimi O’Donnell, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s widow, explains in detail how devastating addiction can be.

A Nigerian governor spends more on statues than taxpayers, except in the case of his sister, the Happiness Minister.

Young men reflect on hook-up culture, consent rituals, and the highs and lows of contemporary sexual communication.

Twitter wasn’t pleased when Mario Batali topped off his apology for extensive sexual harassment with a recipe for holiday-inspired cinnamon rolls.

Video: Songwriters use somewhat exotic harmonies and diminished chords to make their holiday songs sound catchier and more “classic.”