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Wednesday Headlines: Laughing all the way to the bank.

With three days left in the FBI investigation into allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say she still hasn't been contacted.

A deep investigation into Trump’s fortune finds plenty of dubious tax schemes and "outright fraud." And now the New York Dept. of Taxation and Finance is looking into it.

Trump's decision to make fun of Dr. Ford—to big laughs from his audience—is reminiscent of a vaudeville routine.

Republicans up for reelection are stumping on the Kavanaugh fight as a way to garner enthusiasm from their conservative bases.

Devil's Triangle can also be defined as a lie told under perjury when a belligerent white male feels cornered. Urban Dictionary users are mocking Kavanaugh with updated definitions of "Devil's Triangle."

Under the Trump administration, diplomats' spouses—not domestic partners—can get visas, even from countries that criminalize gay marriage.

Seeking to sow division, Russian trolls weaponized the politically charged arguments around The Last Jedi.

Before winning a Nobel, optical physicist Donna Strickland’s only mention on Wikipedia was in an article about her male co-inventor.

In Nobel history, women have won only 3% of the science prizes—and efforts to end bias still have a long way to go.

China's most recent crackdown isn't on capitalist excesses—it's on students who took their lessons on Marx to heart.

Life inside China's police state of Xinjiang, where Muslim Uyghurs are persecuted and their every move recorded.

Now a populist, Ted Cruz was once a corporate lobbyist. (He's consistently an asshole, though.)

“I was given a polygraph test in Memphis and told that I failed, which was given by a male white. I requested a retake and was told that I passed the second polygraph test taken in Nashville, which was given by a male black.” Polygraphs—long known to be unreliable—have enabled discrimination to thrive in the US job market.

Even when your face is as much as four feet away, authorities can unlock your iPhone using Face ID.

The iconic photo of the Soviet flag over the Reichstag was altered to add drama and hide looting accusations.

When a person asks to go home, an aide takes them to the bus stop, where they sit and wait for a bus that never comes. At some point, when they are tired, and have forgotten what they are doing there, they are persuaded to go back. Previously, dementia patients were confronted with facts. Today we favor deception over dignity.

A visual structure of philosophy from 1950 to the present day, based on a sample of 55,3217 papers.

Nadal's water bottles, Baghdatis's comedy routine: What it's like to be a ballboy for big tennis personalities.

Weight loss through hangovers: recreating a Helen Gurley Brown-approved three-day diet of eggs and white wine.

I relished the challenge of having to engage with disciplines I knew nothing about, and create a piece of work that would pass despite having no prior knowledge. A writer breaks bad by taking a job at an essay mill, and enjoys the work.